With so many of us spending more time at home these days, you might be looking for a fun, easy-to-do project for yourself that can even involve your kids and get you outdoors and growing things. A tiny, do-it-yourself greenhouse made from recycled windows will add some color and a little whimsy to your backyard while encouraging you to do some gardening that’s also fun and productive.
Start by collecting some old windows. You may already have some lying around in the basement, garage, or backyard shed that can be repurposed for your greenhouse. No old windows on hand? Try a yard or garage sale, ask friends and family, or try your local recycling center – it’s usually not too hard to find the odd window or two in a variety of places.
Follow these simple steps to build your greenhouse in no time:
- Check your windows for old lead paint using a lead paint test kit, clean them up a bit, maybe repaint them, or leave them as is for a more antique, distressed look
- Screw some 1”x4” inch lumber cut to size onto the bottoms of three windows to create a sturdy base ledge around the bottom of your greenhouse
- Attach three windows together using L-brackets to create the three walls
- Attach the fourth window with hinges to create a door – vintage hardware will add a more antique look
- Add a doorknob or other handle – if you’re going for the antique look, an old cut-glass doorknob would be perfect
- Assemble an A-frame roof using 2”x2” pine lumber screwed together
- Use recycled decorative tin or other flexible sheet metal to add a roof
- Add shelf brackets or hangers inside for flower pots and planters
- Mount your greenhouse to an old table with screws – paint to match if desired
- You’re done!
Now all you have to do to get your garden started is select some beautiful flowering plants that like the sun. You could even add herbs and vegetables to supplement your summer meals. Check out this short DIY Network video to see how quickly and easily your greenhouse can come together.
With a history dating back over 400 years, New England has no shortage of old things, including many old buildings full of beautiful, high quality architectural items such as wide-plank flooring, wonderfully distressed barn siding, massive beams and other elements that can be put to good use in new, renovated, and restored homes.
One element in particular often gets overlooked when people salvage materials from old buildings – windows. This is a shame because windows are highly useful, versatile features that can be repurposed for almost unlimited new uses.
Here are just a few basic window-repurposing ideas that can be simple and easy DIY projects for homeowners of all skill level:
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Floating wood shelves are a sleek, modern way to showcase beautiful wood while providing a very utilitarian way to display and store items. Featuring hidden shelf brackets that fit snugly and securely into a wall stud and holes drilled into the shelf, floating shelves are relatively easy to install with a few common tools and some accurate measuring.
Start with a piece of solid wood at least one inch thick and five inches deep. Here at Bingham Lumber we have plenty of beautiful, reclaimed lumber from old barns and houses that would make ideal floating shelving that’s practical and attractive for any room. Depending on the length of the shelf, you’ll need at least two floating shelf brackets, available in just about any hardware store for less than ten dollars a pair.
Other tools and materials needed include:
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Do It Yourself home improvement is a growing phenomenon these days as the internet abounds with do-it-yourself (DIY) websites, blogs, forums, social media and other ways for individuals to check out cool DIY projects such as handicrafts, woodworking, and even furniture-making.
Maybe you’ve even decided you’d like to try your hand at your very own DIY project. After all, winter’s a great time to do a little research, look around, and check out an interesting project or two to start in the spring. Perhaps you saw a beautiful table, bookcase, chair, or sign on Pinterest or Instagram. So how do you get started?
First, think about the kind of wood you’ll need for your project and what you’d like to use – there are hardwoods and softwoods in a variety of textures, grains, and colors. There’s new lumber and beautiful reclaimed lumber – decades or even centuries-old, high-quality panels, planks, and timbers from old homes, barns, and other buildings. Here at Bingham Lumber we procure the finest reclaimed lumber from respected sources throughout the Northeast to ensure the highest quality and then we remill it for a wide range of uses.
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