Friday, May 7, 2010

Recycled Window Greenhouse

We had these studded wall panels given to us.  The guy who owned them was going to put them on a burn pile to get rid of them.  The wood was all brand new and had a brand new window in one of the panels.  Well, being the dumpster divers that we are, Mr. Right jumped at being the new happy owner!  Right away, he knew that he had a project for these.These are the windows that I have been saving for a few years, because I wanted a greenhouse built in the backyard out of them.  All of these windows, I had picked up for free along the way.  It's been driving Mr. Right crazy, but I was determined to get my greenhouse.  Besides that, they have such great bones - don't you think?To make the base, Mr. Right started with some 4x4 posts that are green treated, so the wood wouldn't rot away.  (The posts were also salvaged for free!).  He then leveled everything and started to put the wall sections up.The size and shape was dictated by the premade panels.  He left the door out for a bit to try to figure out what would work, without too much work (if you know what I mean!).Then he and my son started to screw the windows in place as close as possible.  Really no science or measuring here, just like making a puzzle, trying to fill as much as possible, without having to fill in with wood.Mr. Right then made his own door out of a window and some left over plywood and hinges.  He even fashioned a handle by bending some old copper.  (He's such a MacGyver!)For the roof, we have come to an impass.  To this point, this project has cost us nothing.  We had planned to use the corregated clear roofing for the top, but when we made a trip to Menard's (otherwise known as "man-heaven")  we found that the roof would cost us about $100 on sale to get from that material.  I've tried to convince Mr. Right that it would be great to use the extra windows on the roof with a bigger slope, so the water runs off (it's free), but he is afraid of hail or heavy snow on the roof. 

So until we come up with the money, or a different material, we put some clear plastic on the roof temperarily.  It works, but it's not wonderful.  Mr. Right went back and put scrap boards whereever there were gaps - mostly around the bottom and top.  Then he caulked any large holes - our first expense of this project!  My goal is to get this painted by the end of the summer in all white, but for now, we can't afford the expense of paint.  (I know it's cheap, but every penny is going towards vacation right now.  A girl's gotta have her priorities!) 

As to the plants, it is working wonderfully for growing huge tomatoes and so much more!  Big smoochers for Mr. Right and my dear son for sure!  Let me know what you think!

I am linking up to:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Another bathroom change

I found this basket for the toilet at Goodwill for $1.  It wasn't quite what I wanted for my bathroom, but I figured I could paint it since it had the light wicker look to it.  In actuality, I didn't have any chocolate brown spray paint, but I did have a gallon of wall paint on hand.  Voila!  It warmed the basket up!  Isn't it cute?Oh, and what to do with the rest of the bathroom?  I'm not sure why, but I went country with everything for years.  Maybe because I liked what my Mom had in her house - but now I'm overwelmed with getting rid of it.  One of the first things that I did when we moved into our new home was put up this outhouse border.  I've been thinking about removing it and changing everything, but I don't want to do this before I have the replacement pictures and bathroom accessaries. 

  If you have any ideas (besides ripping off the border), please let me know.  This is really my only wall.  I have one next to the shower that is about a foot wide and no towel hangers in the bathroom! (What were the builders thinking?  No wall space in the bathroom for a towel bar!)

I am linking to:

Met Monday - Between Naps on the Porch
Something I Just Whipped Up - The Girl Creative
DIY Day - A Soft Place To Land
Trash to Treasure - Reinvented
2nd Time Around - A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words
Talented Tuesday - My Frugal Family
Penny Pinching Party - The Thrifty Home
Transformation Thursday - The Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrifty Thursday - Tales from Bloggeritaville
Creative Cats - Poppies at Play

To the Bitter Duggar Haters

I am sorry to my regular readers and followers for the bitter response that anonymous people had to my post about the Duggars!  I say anonymous, as these people had the gall to come on my site, just an ordinary commentary on things going on in my life and family that I would like to share, and swear and bash other people (the Duggars) whom I found inspiring.  If you feel the need to use such harsh words on an innocent bystanders blog, please be sure to leave your name and email, so that others can be sure to respond to your wrath.  It's easy to sit on the outside and judge so harshly another's way of life and convictions, but it sounds to me like "thou protesteth too much!"  If you don't understand that, seems that you are protesting the very thing that you feel most convicted about.

The post has been removed, and I am sorry to those that would have enjoyed reading about my great experience with the Duggars, but after the inappropriate comments made by others on that posting, I was unable to save the post and delete the comments.  I have kept an open door policy on my blog, and allowed all comments to be displayed immediately, never dreaming that some bitter, immature human would need to be moderated!  Unfortunately, from here on out, I will be moderating the comments, to keep inappropriate content out of my blog.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may create, and truly am sorry to my regular followers and readers for this unsavory character on the part of the "Anonymous."