Hand-Painted Mini Greenhouse From Salvaged Windows

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).
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).

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