I've seen so many great examples of these little window greenhouses here on Hometalk and finally got the chance to make my own after finding a pile of old windows on the roadside.
I'm not exactly an experienced builder but I could tell from the weight of the windows (they're really heavy!) that it would not hold up if I simply attached all the windows together. To make a strong, lasting greenhouse, I would need to build a heavy-duty support frame first.
I also needed a way to keep the greenhouse out of the snow (I'm in Canada), so I custom-built a tall table to raise it off the ground. This also (very nicely) makes the greenhouse visible from the house, above the height of most of the garden flowers.
I loved making this project because it combined woodworking with art. My daughter and I hand-painted the window panels and added the decorative picket fence panels to give it a whimsical touch.
The complete building how-tos and details for all materials used are on my blog (link below).
Hand-Painted Mini Greenhouse From Salvaged Windows
My mini window greenhouse complete with hand-painted birds and bugs. The windows were found on the roadside and came from a house built in the 1880s.
It started with 6 of these windows and, because they're from a very old house, no two windows are the same size. But the price was right! (Free.)
Have you ever used a Kreg jig? This is an easy, fabulous tool for making pocket hole joins that make any project super strong and sturdy.
This is the inner frame I built to hold the windows (including the roof windows) in place. Every window was a slightly different size so this help give the greenhouse a unified look.
We used craft paints suitable for glass to decorate the windows.
The painted blue picket fence adds a nice, touch of whimsy.
As hoped, the inclusion of the wood frame made the greenhouse really strong and I'm confident it will do fine outside year-round. Now the fun part is to decorate it for the seasons. Full details on how I built it are on my blog (link below).
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published September 5th, 2014 8:00 AM
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