This is continued from Make A Window Greenhouse – Paint & Decorate The Windows (Part 3)
Assembling A Window Greenhouse
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Here’s a quick review before we put this all together.
1. Table Base
I built this table base to be super strong and withstand our crazy weather through many seasons. The 4×4 legs are pressure-treated, the rest of the wood is not. I sanded, primed, painted, and stained to match our garden shed.
2. Greenhouse Frame
I could not find any examples online to follow so I made up my own plan for this frame. I needed something really strong (stronger than the windows) that would hold up to wind and weather.
I attached the 2x4s together using pocket hole screws (and my Kreg K4 pocket hole jig, that I adore), sanded, primed, and painted. It’s very sturdy!
3. Paint & Decorate Windows
The old windows needed some TLC including removing old caulk, sanding, priming, and painting.
We used acrylic craft paints suitable for glass to decorate the windows. I came up with the design I wanted, painted one window (which was accidentally broken by the cat), and my daughter did the rest. The broken window was brought back to life with chicken wire in place of the glass.
I added some decorative picket pence panels as well.
I attached them to the windows using Goop. Any strong, all-purpose adhesive will do.
If you’ve been following this story from the beginning you’ll know that I mentioned I did all of the building in our covered patio (so I wouldn’t be at the mercy of the weather) but this also meant I had to make sure everything I assembled could still fit through the door.
Well…. as I was working, I began to see how the fact that windows were not square was starting to throw my measurements off. It was one thing to accommodate the various lengths and widths, but this did not compensate for the odd shapes of the actual window frames.
Long story short, the greenhouse frame got through the doorway with about an eighth of an inch to spare! Worst case scenario, I would have had to take it apart and re-assemble it outside, which is no big deal, but it was a lesson to think about with future projects from repurposed items.
a) Set Up Table Base
I actually buried a few inches of the table legs in the ground for extra support.
b) Set Up Greenhouse Frame
The greenhouse frame was secured to the table using L brackets.
c) Attaching The Windows
I made pilot holes through the window frames and attached them with self-tapping screws.
d) Attaching The Door Window
The front window was made into a door by attaching it with two metal hinges.
e) Up Goes The Roof
I pre-assembled the roof using a 2×4 on the interior join and a 2×2 on the exterior join. It was definitely a 2-person job to lift it up on onto the support frame.
I’m intending to add some metal flashing over the top when I find what I need at the thrift store.
I like to take my time and find just the right accoutrements (at the right price) at thrift shops so it may be a while before I find the touches I want.
For now I stuck a metal basket at the front peak while I think it over. The metal bird came from a thrifted pigeon racing trophy (!), reminding me of a very sweet bird that adopted us for a while (you can see the story here).
Now that the project is basically completed (except for more, fun cosmetic stuff), I’m very pleased with it. I’m sure my procrastination was linked to the fact that there were many steps involved and some of them had learning curves (including learning to use the new saw, the jig, and figuring out a good design). But I did it, and I love how it looks in the garden:
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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