Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Someday Project: Greenhouse from Salvaged Windows

Last weekend, we went to a salvage sale in nearby Binghamton, NY. They had tons of doors, pillars, molding, and a big collection of windows, all beautifully junky and shabby in the style I LOVE. 

Future baby (plant) makers
The huge collection of salvaged windows priced at just a few bucks each got me and Tomasi thinking...GREENHOUSE! We've always said we'd love to have a greenhouse once we have our own place, but I've heard they can be pretty pricey. The salvage place had a lookbook of projects made from salvaged materials, and one that really caught our eye was made from a hodgepodge of mismatched old windows. Way cheaper than a kit, and (ding, ding, ding!) good for Mother Earth! 

Tomás is handy enough that I know he'll be able to put together one of these babies once we have our little homestead. In the meantime, here's some awesome inspiration I found by searching on Google and Pinterest.

Seattle Tall Poppy

Better Homes & Gardens

Sustain Lane

Better Homes & Gardens

Green Home Building

Country Living/Donna Griffith
Speaking of Pinterest, I started a greenhouse love pinboard to keep track of my inspiration for this someday project. You can follow my board here.

Oh, and if you live in the area and want to check out that salvage sale, there's info here.

Anybody out there have a salvaged materials greenhouse? Comment and inspire me!


  1. Nice blog.. You can use the same decorative techniques to transform salvaged window glass into garden art. Hang painted or beaded sun catchers from tree limbs or garden hooks to add a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Other uses for salvaged glass in the garden include plant markers and wind chime elements. Cut the salvaged glass panes into smaller sections using a glass cutter and running pliers, then wrap the edges in copper tape before decorating the glass... Contemporary Windows

    1. Those are lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing!


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