I am posting this for Vintage Thingie Thursday since we found some vintage windows on the curb last fall, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 It was a gorgeous day last Saturday on the first day of Spring, and we took full advantage.  My husband (the wonderful guy that he is) has been planning on building me a cold frame for this spring. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on some wheels so we can move it to the sun or in and out of the garage when the kids want to play basketball.  Also wheels could come in handy if we have a bad frost coming, I can just roll it back a few feet into the garage.  


 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

we also reused the window hardware as handles,web-saturday-236

put a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and voila…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings.web-saturday-254

   I guess I don’t have any excuses now…


my garden has to look good this year. 

~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes

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  1. How smart you are and your hubby! Not only smart to make it, but to grow plants from seeds! Can’t wait to see what you bring us this summer. :)

  2. WOW…. You really make it…Thats a nice box. And so creativ. I like it. Its a bit shabby and charming.Have a nice day.

  3. what a great job you did!

  4. Hi Teresa, your cold box turned out great..it is wonderful to have husbands that can do anything with their hands.I have a handy man at our house who can fix anything…
    Enjoy watching your plants grow… have a good day. Baba

  5. What a fantastic project and ingenious using the old windows. Your seedlings already look like they’ve got a good start. Perfect idea to include wheels and the handles (hopefully you’ll never need to use the handles!).

  6. What a fabulous project. I love how you repurposed the windows. Great paint job.

    ~ Tracy

  7. It is amazing what can be done with nothing when you know what you are doing. You and hubby did an excellent job.

  8. Awesome! It must be in the air, because that’s on our project list, too, and there are windows out front of a house being refinished that I want to take off their hands. Yours is the prettiest cold frame I’ve ever seen–the leaf decorations are the icing.

  9. Oh, this is so cute, and what great use for those windows….I love it!! Have a great VTT!

  10. Wow!!! That ought to do the trick alright!

  11. How smart to put it on wheels! I built a single window cold frame last spring and it worked out great. Fresh spinach, etc nice and early.

  12. You did a wonderful job on your cold frame. I tried to overwinter lettuce in my coldframe but we had so much snow that it never got enough sunshine. You should have really good luck with your seeds.

  13. That is awesome, especially with the wheels! And you made it so pretty, too!

  14. That is soooo cool! I’ve been wanting one for quite a while…Thanks for sharing!

  15. Wow! Your garden box complete with vintage windows is fabulous! What a great idea.

  16. What a great cold frame and use for those windows! Love the painted leaves on it too, nice touch!

  17. Great re-purposing job, what did you plant, Teresa?

  18. I love those windows! Recycle and reuse!

  19. What a great re-use for the windows. You planter came out so cute.

  20. How lucky you are. It turned out beautifully! I love the little florish of leaves on it…so sweet.