Thursday, July 26, 2012

Building A Modified Pergola With Recycled Windows


Across the back of my yard, behind the gargantuan garage and driveway that take up fully 2/3 of my back yard - lies a seven foot deep patch of land that I always dreamed would be my shade garden.  Due to the freakish angle of the sun here in Michigan, I have been able to grow a pretty decent shade garden despite the fact that most of it really isn't in the shade.  I meant for it to be more shaded by now, but I managed to kill both of the trees that I have planted.  Fortunately my back neighbors birch tree is thriving (and stealing all the water and nutrients out from under my garden).  At least it is good for some morning shade.  

After I killed the last tree, I decided I need to build something to provide some shade for this area in the afternoon.  Something inorganic - that wouldn't die no matter how hard I tried to kill it.  But summer after summer went by and I did nothing.  

Nothing.  Year after year.  Nothing.

Well I did pull this ladder from the garage, paint it, and put some plants on it.

Whoopee!

But this year two things happened.  

First, some hot blogger friends and I decided to host our Hot Fun In The Summertime linky party; 

and second, I found these:


It took me about an hour to decide what I would do with these.

I was going to use them to build a modified pergola for my back garden.

I imagined how I would build it and then waited.  Waited for my birthday to come.  Birthdays mean birthday money.  Money that I would need to buy the posts, lumber and concrete to build my modified pergola.

My birthday came - along with the birthday money.  But the 100 degree temperatures came too.  Then rain.  Then 100 degree temps.  Then rain.  Finally the weather broke and I blazed a trail to Lowes and bought my supplies.

I also started getting the windows ready.  I thought that it would be unwise to leave the glass in.  I have hopes of lush greenery growing up and through my pergola and providing rich shade, so I figure that glass would radiate too much heat and kill off any of what I am hoping to grow.  So I started very carefully removing the glazing on one of the windows.  It didn't take too long, but when I got ready to pull out the glazing points out I ran into some trouble.  I just couldn't get them out.  So as much as it broke my frugal, repurposing heart, I had to break out all the glass on these windows.  Can you say ARGH??!!!  What a glassy mess!!!

Last weekend I dragged Mr. Quirky, kicking and screaming, into the back garden and we built the framework for the pergola.  Then I spent 2 days finishing cleaning up the windows and painting them and he went to Chicago.  No problem.  I'll just put those windows up on the framework all by myself...

And I did.  Put the windows on all by myself.  I also survived falling off of the 7 foot ladder that somehow collapsed and left me sprawling across one timber paver, one hydrangea, and one large hosta with a ladder laying on top of me!   After an intensive inventory of aches and scrapes, I finished putting the windows up and went wash off the blood and soothe my aching body in a hot tub!

After a couple of hours to recover, I went to the nursery and bought a climbing rose for the sunny end of the pergola and a clematis for the shady end, and planted them.

Now when I walk to the back of the yard and around the corner of the honkin ugly garage, I see this:


And then this:


And I love it.


And love it some more.


And some more


And my flowers say "thank you for the shade that will eventually be here,"


 and "I forgive you for falling all over me."

  

You see that 2nd wood paver?  That's the one that is now imprinted on my back...

Man I wish I was brave enough to put in a picture of the bruise on my arse!

Thanks to Miss Flibbertgibbit, Little Miss Maggie, Miss Bella Nest, and Miss Bliss for inspiring me to finally get this accomplished!

See you tonight for the party - it is the last week so don't miss out!

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

Heading out for these fab parties:
2805
The Shabby Nest

26 comments:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

This is so very awesome! I love the whole thing! That swing is a sweet touch too!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh my sweet goodness!
I love the pergola. How clever. Looks fantastic. REALLY! and I love the colors you used to paint the windows.

I also like the wood pavers. Did post about those? Are they along lasting wood? Have they been there long?

I know tons of questions. I'll just have to go and read up! :)

Pat

Kathryn J Cain said...

You did a great job! and hope your bruise will not be a permanent reminder of your fall...lucky lucky only a bruise...Your so crafty,and this is a sweet place to have some lemonade....great job again...and be careful on those pesky ladders...

Kerin said...

Your project turned out awesome!
You are such a creative girl.
Sorry about your fall....glad that you didn't break any bones!!

Have a happy day.

Smiles :)
Kerin

Decoratopia said...

That is so awesome! Great job. The whole area is very pretty.

~ Liz ~ said...

Woo hoo! worth a bruise butt, if you ask me. And thank you kindly but I'll take your word for it. No need for evidence. You are something else. What an idea, what a design, what follow through. Genius and beauty! Bravo!
Liz

Bliss said...

Just think how the paver and the ladder feel.

~Bliss~

Little Miss Maggie said...

Karen, this is magnificent. Oh, I just love it. Can't wait to see things climbing on it. We need to see it in all the seasons. I hope your back is not permanently damaged. Now I need to paint my wooden ladder that's been sitting by the garage for six months now.

Penny said...

I love any project that includes windows!!! Yours is great!1 Penny

Eliana said...

Great project! ;)

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

I love this!!! SOO pretty! :) Happy Friday to you! xx Holly

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...this is beyond wonderful...I love this idea! How lovely is that going to look once everything is growing up on it...I like it just like this with the pretty shades of paint. Love your blog...so happy to have found you through Andrea's Junkin joes. xoxo Happy weekend.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

such a great idea!!!!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

This is plain and SIMPLE AWESOME!!! There...I said it!!! it is!!!! WOW!!!! thanks for sharing over at JJ's party!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! hugs...

Honey at 2805 said...

A very clever use of the windows! So fun and unique!

Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

So creative! I love it!

Angela

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Love it! So creative and love the soft colours in that great 7' space! Glad you weren't laying there for hours with the ants crawling on you!!! Good on ya for doing it yourself too. :)

Christine said...

This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Gosh darn it.. wish I would have seen this a few days ago!! I had been driving in front of a house who had a pile of old windows to give away.. I kept going by trying to think of what I could do with them.... and then they were gone :(

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Wow, beyond cool and lovely. So very creative on your part - totally awesome. Truly magnificent if I say so myself. Sure hope come back and share with Sunday's Best going on now! Miss ya!

Christine said...

Congrats!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it :)
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/08/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-28.html

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Oooh, I like that! Very cool! BTW, I think I fixed the no-reply blogger thing....I hope.

MoreGreatTech said...

What a beautiful job! I found your blog through Pinterest. I was hoping to find your tutorial on the capital letters designed using Elmers Glue and paint, but no luck! Can you help?

craftymadre said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors you chose and the fact that they're not all lined up. It's brilliant.

Marilyn Clark said...

OMG this is so amazing...I love all the colors!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Ooh I love this Karen! What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Cafe xx Nat

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