Dad's Greenhouse

*this blog post does not contain sugar.  you've been warned.*

When we visited my dad earlier this summer, we got a look at how his greenhouse is coming along.  I know this post is a departure from the usual...sugar and spice and everything fattening.  So many people were interested in the greenhouse when I posted a picture of it on Instagram, I thought I'd give a closer look here.

So, my dad is building a (giant) greenhouse made of vintage windows, doors, and reclaimed wood.  

Here it is:
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
I really can't even comprehend how people build things.  It's so impressive to me.  Dad is good at this stuff.

Let's go in...
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
I love this old door.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
This fan is one that I remember my dad having in the garage ever since I was a little girl.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
The back/side.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
Some of the glass he's had for ages...I remember my mom decorating with them.  Some were picked up at various places for this project.  Most of the wood is reclaimed.  Dad lives at a lake (yes, there's a lake in Amarillo!), so this is old dock wood.
I guess if we were hipsters, we'd call this an upcycled greenhouse.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
These windows will swing open.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
The roof.

I love that my dad is so handy.  He always has been.   I told him that maybe at age 70, he needs to start a new business....kind of like those Treehouse guys on TV. ;)


50 comments

  1. I didn't realize your dad lived near Lake Meredith! We went there lots as girl scouts as well as Possum Kingdom since good lakes are hard to find in West Texas ;-) Cool greenhouse. That is amazing how he can cobble the pieces together.

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  2. That's a really beautiful greenhouse. So creative!

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  3. PS..Can you show us again..:) When the plants are in one day?
    I just love this.

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    1. Oh yes, I’d love to see it then too!!

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    2. Exactly what I was thinking! This is just a lovely piece of art, thanks for sharing it!

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    3. This greenhouse demonstrates your father's wonderful character- creative, planner, exacting, solving problems, making art with love. Just Wow.

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  4. I love this! What's the roof made of? So cool!
    I, too, hope you do another post when the plans are in:)

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  5. Wow, this is incredible!! What a masterpiece!

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  6. Wow! I follow you all the time because I think you are so talented and creative. Now I see how the apple does not fall far from the tree. Please share again when plants are in this beautiful structure.

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  7. I love it! It's so cute! What a personality. No other greenhouse looks like it.

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  8. I am sending this off to my husband. He will swoon. This is the coolest greenhouse I have ever seen. Cheers to your dad!

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  9. Wow! That is amazing! Give your dad a big high five from me!!!

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  10. This is very cool - I too would love to see a picture when it's completed and the plants are in. I've always wanted a greenhouse.

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  11. That is GORGEOUS! I love the look of it, with the different shapes and sizes of windows…he's super talented!

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  12. Absolutely beautifutl!! It is a great idea!

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  13. oh man. that is the coolest thing. It's beautiful.

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  14. How wonderful that your dad has saved all of those pieces and making something truly incredible and one-of-a-kind!

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  15. I love hearing about this. My daddy is 82 and has swung many a hammer in his day but not many anymore. I would love to see him build something like this but he is bent over at a 45 degree angle now from arthritis, poor guy. Enjoy all those special things about your dad. I am sure you do. Thank you for sharing. I love vintage things.

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  16. Bridget,
    What a great greenhouse! It's amazing what you can do with repurposed materials.
    Annamaria

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  17. i am so jealous.. i have always wanted a greenhouse! thats so awesome.

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  18. What a talented & creative daddy you've got!! Now I see where you get it! This has to be the most fabulous greenhouse I've ever seen! I'm in love with it!!!!

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  19. This is amazing! My dad was handy also and my husband is. Tell your dad that a gal in San Angelo is VERY impressed with his greenhouse. The fan makes me smile. My mother had one in her ceramic studio, in the back yard, to blow out the kiln heat.

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  20. Wow! Now that's greenhouse!

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  21. Yeah, baby, now that’s a greenhouse!! That old wood has the best vibes, and the various windows with multicolored panels add the perfect touch of whimsy. Any plant that has the good fortune to spend time in that lovingly created space will only be able to thrive.

    I’d love to see photos after Dad has filled his terrific creation with plants.

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  22. I live in Amarillo! I just got really excited when I saw "Amarillo Chamber of Commerce" on the door. So, does he live in Lake Tanglewood? Love the greenhouse.

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  23. This is SO COOL!!!! I'm so impressed and frankly, a bit jealous. I want one now!

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  24. This is SO COOL!!! I can't wait to see more. You WILL share more about it, right?!

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  25. This is SO COOL! You WILL share more about this, right?!

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  26. Wow, what an impressive, and very creative idea. Looking forward to updates!

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  27. Wow, that's such a great project! Not only is it a "green" project, but it also looks great!!

    Xoxo Cent4urThoughts

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  28. Hi Bridget! I hope you don't mind that I shared this on my Facebook page :) https://www.facebook.com/CraftsbyAmanda/photos/a.353593675216.349539.323548680216/10154442214685217/?type=1&notif_t=like

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  29. Tell your dad this is genious, brilliant. This is in the top 3 best things I've seen in the last 5 years

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