Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY Greenhouse Out of Old Windows

At the end of last summer, my neighbor was replacing all of their six-pane windows.   As a good neighbor, I thought I would help take their trash off of their hands.  So embarrassing my kiddos, I walked across the street and asked them what they were going to do with them.  They were just going to throw them out, and they told me to take as many as I wanted.  I think I took nine.  I sold two without glass at my craft sale, and I had these five left over with the glass still in them.
Last fall I saw a greenhouse made out of windows, and I knew that I wanted to make one for my garden.
I used these "L" brackets to attach the side walls together on the top and bottom. 

I used my old cabinet hinges to secure the side wall to the roof, and I had bought a set of the rectangle hinges  to form the roof.
Here it is!
I had plenty of hands to help me: my mom and two of my boys.  I know there would have been shattered glass if I did it myself.  Our little greenhouse was tested the night we built it.  Our first thunderstorm brought strong winds and rain.
 But she is still standing with no broken glass.
I think I am the kind of person that has more fun decorating my garden rather than growing something :)  My son is so excited to grow more veggies, and I am more excited to plant "perty" flowers.


  1. Love you green house...so cute in the garden!

  2. How adorable Tammy. I always wanted to try something like that. The old windows gives it that great vintage look. Love it, Dee from My Painted Stuff

  3. Tammy, What a wonderful greenhouse. It looks adorable in your garden. I so love how you use salvaged items to make such wonderful things. I can't wait to see what you grow under it. Bet the kids got over their embarrassment when it all came together so nicely!

  4. I love this! And, I just so happen to have lots of old windows!!!

  5. Tammy, your to much ! Why can't I think like you?
    This is the cutest greenhouse. Tell Miles to
    bring me some fresh veggies

  6. This is so cute....I love old windows.


  7. Oh, my! You are the smartest one! I love this idea and it's cute too. I wanted to thank you for popping in to Cindy's blog to tour my home today and I hope you'll visit me sometimes at my blog.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Wonderful, Tammy. I've always wanted a green house. Now you really can gorw some 'perty' flowers..Happy Thursday..Judy

  9. That is adorable! I'm like you, flowers are my thing, I'm just not hugely successful at veggies, I wish I were! We have so many bad bugs here in the south and they making vegetable gardening w/out chemicals extremely hard! Your garden is pretty BTW!

  10. I love your greenhouse: it's unique and each time you'll see it, you'll remember your kids' embarassement and smile!

  11. LOVE this!!! How fun and pretty!!!


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