Plant Benches Completed

>> Monday, October 25, 2010

I wrote in my last post about the plant benches I was working on for the garden shed and this weekend I was able to finish installing the coated wire shelf tops. Now I can add plants in to overwinter, hardwood cuttings for rooting over the winter, or maybe even start seeds in the early spring.

Each shelf is covered with the wire mesh you see in the above picture. The plants in the picture below are resting on the 8 foot long and 30 inch wide main shelf.

And here is the 4 foot long and 30 inch wide top shelf. I wanted to leave some head room for plants which is why I didn't run the top shelf the full length of the bench. All the lumber is re-used from other projects.

Total Shelf space:
  • Top Shelf: 10 sq. ft.(roughly)
  • Middle Shelf: 20 sq. ft. (roughly)
  • Under Shelf area: 20 sq. ft. (roughly)
  • Total: 50 sq. ft. (roughly)
There would be a lot more room for shelving if I were to clean up inside the shed more. As you can see there's a lot of cleanup work that needs done (all those pots in the background). I need to find some good places to put them by coming up with some creative shelving ideas!


Making Plant Benches from Scrap Lumber

>> Monday, October 11, 2010

You can't have a greenhouse garden shed without having a place to put the plants can you? I've finally gotten far enough along that I can assemble a long plant bench. Since I've collected scrap lumber from a variety of projects and people I decided to use that for this first plant bench. As money allows I may upgrade or add to this bench but for now this will work just fine.

The base bench is made from 2"x4"s and is 8 feet long. On top of that is a second shelf that is only 4 feet long. I wanted to leave the area to the right open to allow for taller plants and I didn't want to impede the light from the front window. I can always add more shelves later. 

I bought this coated square mesh to cover the open areas. It will allow light and water to go through to the bottom and is capable of holding pots of plants above it. Should I need more reinforcement below the mesh I can always add that later too! I still need to put 4 more panels of mesh over the bench before bringing in the plants but I'm close - very close!

I've also been measuring my daytime/nighttime and inside/outside temperatures lately to check on how well insulated the shed is. By comparing the temperatures at various times of the day I've noticed that the shed holds a 12-14 degree temperature difference between it and the outside temperature. In the morning it's warmer than the outside air and in the afternoon it's cooler than the outside temperature. I still need to insulate and add weather stripping to some of the major gaps around windows which will hopefully improve the shed's temperature holding capabilities! The better I can manage that the less I have to worry with the expense of heating it!


The Garden Shed - With Paint!

>> Sunday, October 3, 2010

One long anticipated task for me and my garden shed was the painting. It's come a long way over the course of the past year - from nothing to an actual building capable of storing my lawn equipment, but I've really been looking forward to completing the painting. Even if the inside isn't completely arranged and finished at least the outside now has a somewhat finished look. 

Here is the shed a few weeks ago without the paint. We've realized tonight that we became used to the yellow and brown look. I was never really a fan of that coloring but we've been living with it so long it became what our eyes expected to see. The brown is just pressure treated lumber and the yellow is the cement fiberboard siding.

The first step was painting the trim. As you can see we went for a rich chocolaty brown color. I can't remember the color name but we liked the color tone.

I painted all the trim surfaces including the fascia, window trim, door trim, and the planter door overhang with the brown color. Even with just the trim being painted the difference was startling. I missed a few spots that I need to go back over but you really can't see them in the picture. There was so much trim that the painting took nearly 6 hours to complete the first coat.

And then came the blue! Perfect for brightening up a winter landscape!

It seems like a fairly extreme color change right now to us. Truthfully I'm not sure how I feel about it. In my mind I'm wondering "Is the blue too dark? Does it blend well with the brown? How will this look in a drab winter landscape? Is it too much color? Does it compliment the house?"

The doors and window still need to be painted with a creamy color that may adjust the current look enough to completely "fit" the landscape as we would like.

It's going to take some getting used to. This color feels a little outside my comfort range but I'm a rather boring person to begin with. What do you think? Is the blue the right color for this shed? Is it too bold? Does it stand out too much? Is it just right? Or should we have gone with the flamingo pink my wife wanted? ;)


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