This is continued from Make A Window Greenhouse—Building The Frame (Part 2)
Painting & Decorating A Window Greenhouse
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With the base table and greenhouse frame built, it was time to get the windows ready. This is where we had a wee mishap.
Prepping The Windows
The old windows had many coats of paint and lots of layers of caulking holding them together. I removed what I could, sanded, primed, painted and sealed everything to make them strong enough to hold up in our weather extremes (-20°C to +40°C).
Funny how the mind works…. I saw these little, decorative fence panels in a shop and thought they’d look sweet on the windows. This was what actually spurred me on to get this project built! Once you have a vision of what you want to make, it’s so much easier.
I painted the fence panels blue to match the shed door, hoping it would unify the look of the garden (I think it does).
Decorating The Windows
We* used an assortment of craft paints suitable for painting glass including these Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Paints.
I had not used these paints before and they go on really nicely. But they are expensive (thankfully, we used a 50% off coupon at Michaels) and the ones in the smaller containers don’t provide a lot of paint. I soon realized I should not be cleaning my brush so much between colours because I was wasting precious paint (instead I tried to use up what was on my brush first).
*I started out painting the windows but my daughter soon took over. I love it when that happens.
When all the windows were painted and I was getting ready to take them outside, Bobo (we were cat-sitting) jumped onto one window, knocked it over, and the glass shattered. We actually had a laugh because the window she broke was the only one I had painted! Everyone’s a critic.
I didn’t want to pay for a new piece of glass but I had to use this particular window because I built the wood frame to match it (and none of the other windows are the same size). So, I opted to use chicken wire instead. It’s the window that is placed at the back of the greenhouse so it works just fine.
One minor disappointment was, we had painted a series of clouds that continued from one panel to the next, and this broke my main clouds. Boo-hoo, I know! Seriously, it was just a mishap and I do not blame Bobo. She was just being her Bobo-ish self (which I adore).
This next photo shows the chicken wire:
I like how it looks.
So now, it’s time for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: assembling the greenhouse – Part 4 coming soon.
Here’s all the steps for building this window greenhouse
1. Make A Window Greenhouse – Build A Base Table (Part 1)
2. Make A Window Greenhouse – Build A Frame (Part 2)
3. Make A Window Greenhouse – Paint & Decorate The Windows (Part 3)
4. Make A Window Greenhouse – Assemble Everything (Part 4)
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