The final step in building my greenhouse was finishing the interior of the greenhouse portion. Everything came together so nicely and I could not be happier with my finished greenhouse. Let me show you what we did to get this amazing project to its completed status.
The first step was filling the floor area with 4 inches of pea-sized gravel. This provided some drainage as well as absorbing some of the heat from the day and releasing it at night,
The gravel is great for a lot of things but not so great for having level work tables so we got large paver stones and put that on top of the gravel. These were interesting to put in as we had to make sure they were sunk into the gravel enough and you really had to puzzle them together.
Since we were reusing and old door, we had to design a cover for all of the previous holes that had been made for it. We just wood glued and nailed it on with finishing nails. Then when we put in our door knob we just had the holes where we needed them.
We ended up using the same technique for our interior shed door since the antique knobs we were using were a lot smaller than the standard is now.
Now is a good time to put on the light and socket covers. I waited until after my planting tables were in and that could have been better planned. I really like the character in these cast iron covers. There are just a few areas that you can add artistic flare and here is one of them.
The trim also needed a second coat so that it stood out a little more from the rest of the whitewashed-looking walls.
My daughter had an old craft desk that I renovated into my potting bench.
I ended up really liking how it turned out. If you want more details on the desk, we do have a blog on how I upcycled it.
I then created 6 planting tables. Two are for outside tables for hardening off my plants and the other four fit nicely in the greenhouse itself. We have an additional blog for how to do that as well.
The kid's favorite piece is the little elevator that makes it so they can bring stuff into the loft more easily.
Finally, it was just a matter of putting up the brackets for the shelves. These bring so much character into the build. They are right at eye level and like with any hardware, I feel it is well worth a little extra cash to invest in ones that you really like.
Then it was just a matter of finding boards that I liked. I was able to use these from the center of the pallets. They were great because they were rough cut and after a little sanding of edges were exactly the look I was going for.
With any good DIY project, I think the key is figuring out exactly what is important to you. What do you need? What do you like? After that, it is just a matter of continuing to work until it matches the picture in your mind.