Thursday, September 10, 2009

Greenhouse update - Phase 2: Staining

One of the requirements for us building a greenhouse on our back porch is that is must look nice from the outside as well as the inside.  It can't be some unsightly building with a garden of Eden inside.  That's why we plan to eventually cover over the cinder block with brick that matches our house.  That's also why we decided to stain all of our lumber before doing the framing.

The staining station where Christie tirelessly stained all 19 2x4s and 2 long 1x6 decking boards.
Christie spent several hours over the weekend, staining our standard 2x4s and base boards, while I was finishing with the block laying.  We chose a very red stain color, which matches the brick of our house very closely and contains all of the sealant stuff to help protect the wood for a long time.  Hopefully we won't have to re-stain the wood any more often than 8-10 years or so.

Stained boards laying up against the matching brick of our house
With the last block in place, we are ready to start the framing!

See other phases of the project here:


  1. You are building a greenhouse to stay. What an impressive project. I've built one before, but with unstained wood and plastic. It lasted as long as I live there, but, in the South, didn't need much heat.

  2. It should be beautiful inside and outside... I like it! It will be something special!

  3. Great job, Christie! It is going to look exquisite!

  4. Wow...that's quite a project. I'm looking forward to watching your progress.