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Old window greenhouse

maozamom NE Ohio
May 9, 2007

I thought I'd share with you my new greenhouse made with old windows. It's not quite done yet.


Comments (49)

  • luvs2click

    That is so totally AWESOME!!! Very impressive! Love it!


  • garden-potter

    I absolutely LOVE it!! Last year, I think someone from this forum was looking for plans for a greenhouse made out of old windows - that is perfect! Is it in the ground at all? Please take interior photos once you get it all dolled up! Great job!!

  • cindee11461

    WOW wonderful!!!!!!! I love it!!!!

  • foxygrandma9

    All I can say is WOW! Love it, such a great job.

  • kudzukween

    Now THAT'S a greenhouse:) It's so purty!! Yes, I'm jealous,lol! Great job!

  • craftyjanjan

    Wow!! I love it. I've wanted one for awhile now. I wonder if I show my DH, if he'll finally agree its a good idea. It's so pretty.

  • robolady

    Loooovvvve it!!!!! and the shutters are a cute addition to the front. I will be snagging this one for my web page .

    Here is a link that might be useful: my site

  • TwoMonths

    That is great....I suddenly remember that my parents had a greenhouse made of windows.....I need to find a picture in my stuff. I was already in my late 30s so it may be buried...wow, never thought of that until now...thanks for the memories...Yours is great. Good job.

  • craftylady-2006

    Wow, Wow and Wow, that is fantastic. Excellent Job.

  • Bright199

    You have created my dream greenhouse!!! I have saved 6 windows... Please let us know how you did it...

  • princess_mimi

    Absolutely FABULOUS!!! I am green with envy. I'm saving windows but my yard is so small that I have nowhere to put one even if I could build it. You did such a great job and it is very pretty!


  • Calamity_J

    Very Awesome!!! Way to go! I'd sit in there everyday with a tea/coffee and soak up the morning sun!!!

  • luvstocraft

    That is just a darling greenhouse. Love how you added the shutters. Luvs

  • emagineer

    I am in awe...and am the one that had asked about doing this. How did you connnect the windows? Is there an inside frame? It is beyond beautiful.

  • decompost

    Absolutely sensational!!
    What a charming structure . . . I want one!!


  • PRO
    Nell Jean

    It's wonderful! Great job. Do tell us more about it.

    I have about 17 old windows in the barn. Begged for a greenhouse made of them. DH decided it was too much trouble to frame them, that a better plan was a Harbor Freight GH. The basic greenhouse is very inexpensive -- electricity, water and making it sturdier ran the bill 'way up! We used as much junk as we could, even to the chandelier!

    I still aspire to some kind of garden shed using all those old windows.


    Here is a link that might be useful: My Greenhouse.

  • cait1

    GORGEOUS!! Great job with the construction - will we get the 'how-to'? I'm also curious to know how you attached the windows together.

  • rebel_one

    What can I say that hasn't already been said! I love it.

  • lefd05

    That is so cool!!! Very nice!!
    How did you fasten it all together so it is stable??
    Are there 2x4's on the inside where the frames meet?

  • maozamom NE Ohio

    This should be good for a number of laughs. We have very little carpentry skills. Neither of us have ever built any thing with a roof before, not even a dog house. One corner is sitting on the ground, we stacked bricks and concrete to level it on the slope. We didn't use 2x4's at the corners because they would of showed. We bought and used a slide bolt to connect the door windows to make a dutch door, we bought two sets of hinges for the door. We salvaged a set of hinges for one of the roof windows. The door windows and roof windows were picked up from the curb, and we paid $3.00 for the windows on sides and back but only used half. The main expense was the 2x4's, those we couldn't find.

    If anyone lives near Orrville, Ohio and would like our extra windows you're welcome to pick them up.



  • princess_mimi

    Hey Mao Tse Mom! You could bring those extra windows to the swap! Are you coming this year?

    Hope to see you there!


  • goldenpond

    Mao Tse MOM That is such a funny name to me only becauce I use to own a Siamese Cat that stuck its toungue out all the time . We named him MEOW (T)SEE TOUNGUE!
    Love your window work Too hot in Florida to be behind that much glass but it is truly AWESOME and way useful up north!

  • maozamom NE Ohio

    ROBOLADY- You're very welcome to use my pictures. I love your site

    I'll be there Mimi, but unlike the rest of the free world we drive a car. WE just might have a door prize made from two windows if it fits in the back seat.

    My DH was a pushover when it came to discipling the kids but I was much more strict. My son compared me with Chairman Mao. He's the one who set up my first e-mail account. You can tell we have the same sense of humor.


  • jennie_in_mt

    Hi Mao and all! I am generally a lurker, but wanted to bump this up and get an update.
    I loved this idea and the way you arranged yours and was inspired. How did your greenhouse fair over the winter?


  • tehuti

    What a great greenhouse. It has a style missing in those commercial ones of years ago. Woonderful work. Congrats!


  • PRO
    Nell Jean

    We so need an update! I do hope it fared well through the winter.

    My little greenhouse with the polycarb panels shook in the wind when the storms came through last week and pieces flew off because I was in there with the door open -- not to worry, they were easily replaced.

    Do you have little seedlings growing inside, waiting for warmer weather? I imagine it makes a good 'playhouse' when the sun shines, to sit in out of the wind. Such fun.

  • tskdesign

    Way to go, mao_tse_mom!

    About eight years ago I put one together out of old windows, too. I put an ad in the paper asking for old windows, and a nice fellow who was changing all the windows in his house gave the old ones to me for free!

    All the wood I salvaged from the beach after a storm one winter. And the shakes come from a roofing job~ also free.

    The only thing I paid for was the plastic sheeting on top, and the poles to support it. After using it for several years as a wonderful greenhouse, I made it into a workshop. It was wonderful as a workshop, too~ with all the light.


  • shasta_2008

    I love it! What a great idea!

  • KellyFG

    great job!! i love it, here is mine before it was complete...made out of windows, a slider & an entry door with side lights

  • Calamity_J

    Kelly, Lovely!!!

  • holliewould

    They are all neato mosquito. Kellyfg do you have pics of yours complete?

  • shawneegal

    What a lovely greenhouse and it is great that you used something that was not wanted any longer to build something useful. Great job

  • rmlanza

    I loved that window greenhouse so much that this morning i posted an add in freecycle asking for old windows. I've already heard back from someone who has a bunch I can have! I'm on my way! So I'd love more detailed instructions for framing it out. And do you all just have them sitting on the ground or are they concreted in or anything? We've been having some nasty tornadoes (nothing in our neighborhood...knock on wood) around here, I'd hate to think of this thing flying around out there if a tornado came through!


  • joyce_zone5

    Great job!! I've always wanted to build one of these!

  • maozamom NE Ohio

    The greenhouse made it through the winter fine. It's filled with seedlings and liners now. It's directly on the ground with old bricks and tiles leveling it. I need to adjust it again so the door will close, no big deal.


  • cacbeary

    What an awesome greenhouse. It's beautiful as well as functional.

  • mulch_heavy

    You shoudl be very happy with what you have managed there. It is a great looking greenhouse.
    I have just got my hands on a bunch of old windows and sliding glass doors, and am planning on building one myself soon. Hope it turn out as well as yours

  • temeculamom

    This is unbelievable awesome!

  • proudgm_03

    What a wonderful idea for old windows and a greenhouse. Now if only I could find some!

  • msjay2u

    do you have any recent photos of your WONDERFUL greenhouse? Now that it has been over a year I would like to see how it is looking.

  • garianntx

    It's incredible! I've always wanted one of those. Years ago I saw a pic in a magazine and cut it out. I just have no room for one because our pool takes up too much space.

    Love it!!

  • tennesseetrash

    What a great thread, glad it got bumped up. Oh how I would love to have one (or one hundred) of these! Great idea and beautiful too! ~tenderlee

  • maozamom NE Ohio

    How appropriate that I saw this came back up when my DH was making some repairs to the greenhouse. The lower window of the door fell apart and just today we bought cedar shingles to cover the plywood at the gable peaks. I'll throw some paint on it and we'll be ready to go for another year.
    {{gwi:143306}}From Chick coop

    I accidentally put this picture in the wrong folder. If you want to work backwards you can see our latest trash to treasure project, the chicken house / garden shed. I'm really happy with how the old porch posts look as potting bench legs.

    Here is a link that might be useful: a cottage for my garden

  • jeannespines

    mao ... your transformation of the ck coop into a garden shed is wonderful! Love all the additions of shutters, flower boxes, paint & porch post for legs looks so cool! ... and glad your window greenhse held up...love them both! Great work! My DH & I are going to work on my garden shed this summer...doors need replaced & I salvaged a big old wooden one with a window! Here's a pic of mine...formerly a ck. coop like yours! Thanks for sharing your pics! Jeanne S. The potting bench I posted before & walkway I put in last summer:


  • luna_llena_feliz

    Thanks for the update, mao_tse_mom! It still looks great and I love what you did with the chicken coop too!

  • becki_in_la

    Where does everyone find all the windows?

  • leveta

    It all looks so good...So summeryyyyyyyy....

  • maozamom NE Ohio

    It's been five years since we built this and I thought I'd do a follow up.

    The windows on the far side of the roof were replaced this year and we're looking to replace the ones on this side. It's newly painted and looking good. The biggest chance is in the garden around it. No more grass, just flowers and path. {{gwi:143307}}From june 1 2012

  • Rachel Rooker

    Do you have a place where all of your images can be found? Some of your links no longer work @ Maozamom.

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