Using Old Windows to Build a Greenhouse

A great way to recycle windows is to use them to make a greenhouse or cold frame. This guide is about using old windows to build a greenhouse.


July 30, 2009 Flag
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This is our Garden Greenhouse made of old wooden windows. Nail four together for the bottom. Then hinge two together for the top so that one side opens. Use "L" brackets for holding the top windows to the bottom ones. Used a piece of 1x2 foot wood for bracing, then nailed it to an old end table.

Source: Husband's imagination and many different websites.

By dragonflysue from Ludowici, Georgia

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

Great photo and ingenious use of old windows! Looks like a great size for potting plants too. Thanks for sharing with us Thrifty Funners!

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

Oh, hoe beautiful & functional too! Now this is one nice piece of awesome looking functional art! Post us some pictures when it's full of plants! Love it, love it, love it! (what more can I say!?)

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

I am not trying to bust your bubble on this great idea because i do like it. But did you check the paint and glazing on the windows they could have lead and asbestos on them because they look pretty old. We do restoration work mainly windows and most of the old windows we run into have lead paint and asbestos in the glazing. They have a test for these at lowes or the depot or send or take them to a lab. Its not anything to mess with. Just trying to be informative.

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March 16, 2009 Flag
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I am looking for free or inexpensive recycled windows to build my own green house. Any ideas where to get the windows?

Erik from Guerneville, CA

March 17, 20090 found this helpful

Try joining your local freecycle online, you can get everything on there!

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Talk to a window replacement company. Ask if they have any that have not broken while replacing. But as far as going green it also means the conservation of energy so most of the windows are being replaced because they need insulated themselves.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

I have found many on the night before trash pick-up on front lawns in older neighborhoods, especially in the Spring.

A neighbor told me he likes to put things out over the weekend before trash day because he feels good that items are recycled by people, instead of going to landfills. Last week I got 2 full size mirrors from his lawn and someone else got the perfect one before I could get help to go back there.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

You may have to go further down towards Oakland, but look in the yellow pages for architectural salvage. They get out the good parts when buildings are being torn down. My first stop would be freecycle though, I'd bet you have a lot of chapters around you. Good luck

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