A Baby Greenhouse is Born!

I have wanted a greenhouse forever but never had the time, money, place, whatever - and all the other excuses anyone can think of.

In May, I picked up three storm windows that were exactly the same.  I set them aside and planned to build a cold frame with them, but then I came across a story on Twitter about upright cold frames and I was off and running with a new plan.  I wanted one!

Summer came and went and I was so busy that this project fell by the wayside.  This weekend, I gathered all the windows, scrap lumber I had lying around and my tools and began to plan a structure around the size of the windows.  It was challenging because I only had a couple of 2x4s to work with, the rest of the wood was all sorts of sizes and dimensions as well as rough cuts.  If I had it to do over again, I would have bought two more 2x4s and saved myself a lot of time and agony over how to piece this thing together!  That being said, I did manage to do it all by myself!!  OMG! - Gail (My Repurposed Life), I hope you're proud of me because you're my biggest inspiration.

See what you can do with 3 little 'ol windows?


Isn't she pretty? I'm so happy!

Little birdhouses from the dollar store, painted to match the door of the greenhouse. :)

All my stuff is well used...
Don't you just love mason jars???







I used a pallet as the base for the greenhouse.



Happy September everyone!  Can you believe summer is almost over??!

Cheers!

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73 comments:

  1. Pretty is an understatement...she is gorgeous. You are so incredibly clever. Thanks so much for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

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  2. This is amazing! You did a great job. Love the sunlight and pretty flowers. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  3. How cool is that?? Way to rock a great DIY project :)

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  4. oh that is just soooo lovely. Great job. Giving me good ideas.

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  5. That is so darn cute! I want one! :)

    ~Liz

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  6. You did such a neat job of your greenhouse. How very handy of you!

    I hope you will bring one of your projects or posts to my Potpourri Friday Party this week. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

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  7. Well, I am just beside myself here...I want a little greenhouse sooooooooooo bad and now I want one just like yours. Don'tchaknow I am going to be looking for 3 windows. Is the back just a solid .....what?? and the floor of the little mini house...what?? and the top....?glass?
    I am so excited...I want this!! :))
    What a good job you did.
    xo bj

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  8. Wow, wow and super wow! What a fabulous job. You should be very proud of youself and besides being very functional it is charming.(-:

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  9. How lovely is this? I am very jealous indeed!! I'd love a greenhouse. I'd lock myself in there all day if it was as gorgeous as yours!!!

    Sarahx

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  10. How pretty is that! Very creative and well done. Found you via Mod Vintage Life. Tootles, Kathryn
    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

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  11. I've always wanted to build one out of old windows...yours is fabulous and I am going to show my hubby and tell him I want one like that too! LOL

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Sylvia

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  12. This belongs in a magazine -- what a beautiful job you did creating this masterpiece!

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  13. What a great idea! This makes me want one too! I'm in the same boat you were...no space and no money for a greenhouse, something I would love, this might just work though.

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  14. WOW! I love it and the door color is beautiful...now you've got me wanting some windows! It is decorated so cute, love the little lantern and all the accessories along with the necessities!
    Debbie

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  15. oh wow! This is gorgeous, well done you! Thanks so much for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  16. This is such a great idea!! We are wearing sweaters already here so summer really is over for us!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! Love this idea! Now I just need to find some windows!
    --michellepaige.blogspot.com

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  18. This is SOOO cute, Anne! You did a fabuluous job "piecing it together"! I love how the light streams through to show off all your wonderful gardening items. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday with this pretty project!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  19. Anne, you did such an impressive job on your greenhouse and I am so pleased you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation made for a more successful party. I appreciate you!

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  20. How sweet and creative! I can relate... so often I have too many excuses and too little time to do all the creative projects I have swirling around in my head! *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  21. Wow! Look at you! What a great job on that sweet little greenhouse! Love it! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  22. How cute is that? Such a cool, creative idea! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this on my facebook page. So nice to meet another British Columbian!!
    Jenn

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  23. Anne, This is fantastic! This might be the answer to my greenhouse dream. Who said it had to be full size. Great job! I love it!
    Sherry

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  24. Awesome idea!! It looks fabulous. What did you use for the top? I live in Maple Ridge, BC & have always wanted a greenhouse too! Is the pallet just to raise it up off the ground?

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  25. What a great project. So creative and totally original. Thanks for linking up to Open House Party!

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  26. Thank you all!! @Ellie - the pallet is both to lift it off the ground and to make it easier to level the greenhouse. The roof is just a pane of glass that I need to build a frame for so I can attach it with hinges and prop it open for ventilation. :)

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  27. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

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  28. I love this! Such a great idea. I'd love if you'd share it at my blog hop this weekend.Hope you can join in!

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  29. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/mini-greenhouse-from-old-windows/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  30. Hmmm....I've got TWO windows sitting around. What a clever idea! I especially like the hardware on the green window.

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  31. The greenhouse is great - can you post more detail for the construction process -did you make a frame out of the 2x4's and then attach the windows - I have windows and 2x4 just waiting for a project like this

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  32. @Mary - Unfortunately, I didn't take "during" photos, but I am working on a post that gives a little more detail of how I built the frame. Stay tuned!!

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  33. Simply gorgeous! You should be proud of yourself for this little gem of a greenhouse! Soooo jealous that it's in your garden and not mine! ;)

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous, it is hard to believe that is made from scrap! My questions are, how do you vent this greenhouse? Another words, how do you control the temperature. For instance, if it is 100 degrees outside, I would hate to see how hot it is inside. Please advise as I am greatly interested in this project.

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  35. Way to go!!!!
    Love this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  36. Wow, Anne! Your greenhouse is so charming! Wish I had your skills!

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  37. This is fantastic, the most beautiful and adorable greenhouse i have ever seen! You did an amazing job!

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  38. I love your greenhouse. It is great that you are in British Columbia. I am in Victoria. What a great site....now I too am a follower.

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  39. I love your little greenhouse and how you have if filled. Thanks for joining Wow.

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  40. Your little greenhouse is just too too cute! Congrats on the successful construction job - you have an eye for design - it's charming!

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  41. Wow, great job!! thanks for sharing at VIF! xo Debra

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  42. Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  43. Your word of Pretty is an understatement!! It's gorgeous! I'm on a window search now!
    Love it!
    Sandy

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  44. I love it!! I couldn't have done that in a million years!

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a wonderful day!!

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  45. Wow, that is just amazing! I love it! I want it! I featured you on my blog today. Hope you can grab a button!

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  46. This is truly amazing! Not only is it drop dead gorgeous... you made it yourself!!! AHHH!!! KUODS.

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 102. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150397609751141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  47. Wow. I was snooping around your blog cause I saw you were a fellow Canadian. You are so talented. We are your new followers. Hope you come check us out too. Cheers!

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  48. love it - so much better than my plastic one.

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  49. Thanks for posting this. I'm adding this to my to do list.

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  50. anne, this is darling! now, i want one!

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  51. I am in love with this project! I am totally pinning it. Thank you so much for linking this up to our party, Anne.
    Karah

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  52. Anne,

    Just love this so much! It's pin worthy stuff I tell ya ...

    ... so happy that you linked up to our party!

    :)

    Linda

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  53. Oh i love this!!!! I've been wanting to do something like this for such a long time! Great Job Gal!!

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  54. Beautiful Anne! I have been collecting old windows hoping to build a large greenhouse someday. Like I need another project! Have a great weekend.
    Deborah

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  55. Gosh this is wonderful!! I so want one, too!!! I can remember trying to build a greenhouse when I was about 12 years old. It didn't look anything like yours!!

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  56. How much do I love this...can you see me with my arms WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE open!!!! that much!!!! oh i would so love one of these for fresh herbs! amazing job--applause! thank you so much for linking up with us!!!! hugs...

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  57. Hey Anne!! I love this so much I'm featuring it on Tuesday. Sorry for the early notice but I'll be on vacation this week and wanted to be sure to let you know. Thank you again for linking it up!! Love, LOVE it!!

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  58. Anne - I am loving this - and pinning this! Want one!
    Kelly

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  59. The baby greenhouse is going viral! Love it and pinned it too.

    ~Bliss~

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  60. Anne,

    You are such a rock star. That greenhouse is spinning across the web! I am adding my applause to the chorus of cheering voices.

    And I'm pinning it!

    blessings my wonderful funny creative DIY friend!
    karianne

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  61. I'm showing this to my hubby, for sure! We could get windows at the flea market for super cheap. Thanks for sharing!

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  62. Now this is definitely magazine worthy! Love it and hope you make the issue of Celebrating Everyday Life! I would like to build a greenhouse in my yard out of old windows but want mine to be just a bit bigger. You have inspired me! I'm a new follower and I'm pinning this one!

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  63. Oh I love this! I wish I'd learn to build something like this....Christine

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  64. What a wonderful idea! I live in a townhouse and have a very small patio - would like to save those wonderful herbs I have (that used to live in a greenhouse). I posted in the local freecycle.com (I am in Colorado Springs, CO) and someone responded with a van full of old windows from a house he upgraded. Heading there tomorrow to get some windows for my project.

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    1. That's a great idea Carol! Have fun with this!

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