Old Window Headboard

Last weekend my family and I stayed at a darling cottage.  While we were there – I made this headboard with an old window. Here is how…

You might remember my bedroom from our last house.
I explained a little about how I made it in the original post but this time around I took a few photos so you can see the best way to get the big window to safely sit above your head while you sleep.
First – find your window. If you don’t know where to look you can read THIS post to get an idea.
 The best way to hang something heavy on the wall is to cut a long piece of wood at a 45 degree angle by using a table saw. Screw 1 part into a few wall studs – the other into the decoration you are hanging.  The two pieces of wood will sit securely together like one piece again. I painted the wall piece white in this case because I could see it through the window glass – it started out dark. It blends with the wall better white.
By using a level – you can draw a line with a pencil down the wall where the stud is so that once the window is up you can use corner brackets to secure the bottom part of the window into the same studs below.  Wall studs are about 14 inches apart and you can tell where one is by where the outlets are. Use a stud finder to mark them as you measure out 12, 14 or 16 inches to find other studs. I use a monkey hook to poke into the sheet rock to make sure I got my markings right.
I used different widths of wood to layer around the window. I used a nail gun and air compressor to attach them right on the wall. No miter cuts were necessary. Stacking the wood was easy – I didn’t buy fat pieces – I started at the outer edge with a 1×6 of pine and worked my way in. Use scrap wood spacers behind the layers if you need to.
Paint the wood one color and caulk the seems. That will make it look like one big chunky piece. I distressed this one with my orbital sander and accented parts of the wood with a darker stain by using a tiny paint brush and wiping it quickly while wet with a t-shirt so it blends.
I added a shelf with old candle holders and small corner brackets. You will need a reliable level for this project and don’t forget to use it often to check your work.
You can slide your bed up against the wall piece or take your mattresses off of your existing frame and use a standard frame or cinder blocks at the height you like.
From the side it looks like this.
This is a super cute look for a cottage.
You can’t be afraid of using a few tools for this project but it goes fast once you get going. I am not great at tutorials but there is not a right or wrong way to do this. Just make sure it is level and safe. 🙂
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Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
October 10, 2013 10:26 pm

You are awesome!! That's gorgeous 🙂

Donna Wilkes
October 10, 2013 10:34 pm

I love a window headboard, but yours is terrific with the molding added around it. Great tip about building the \”molding\” with scrap pieces cut to fit.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
October 10, 2013 11:39 pm


October 11, 2013 12:16 am

I love this. So creative and chic!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot
October 11, 2013 12:52 am

That looks fantastic. I love the way you framed around the window… Pat

Becky M
October 11, 2013 12:55 am

I love this look! my husband and I are in the process of redoing our guest bedroom. I have this gorgeous glass farmhouse door that we salvaged and I am planning on using it as a head board! This gave me great ideas!agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

Shabby chic Sandy
October 11, 2013 1:33 am

That looks just amazing–I love it!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate
October 11, 2013 1:46 am

LOVE this!How awesome! Thanks for sharing.Sandi

Gee Singh Newbanks
October 11, 2013 2:31 am

Oh Holly it is beautiful! The green window pops against the distressed white. LUV!!!Glad you had a great time at the beach cottage as well ;-)Hugs, Gee

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
October 11, 2013 2:49 am

so awesome and LOVE the color!

Katie Mansfield
October 11, 2013 2:49 am

So cute! I love that shabby green color. Is that the original paint or did she paint it? I also adore that cute scrolly thing and the clock.

October 11, 2013 2:52 am

This is jaw-droppingly amazing! WOW!

Robin Johnson
October 11, 2013 12:12 pm

This is such a fun project and I love, love love the result.

October 11, 2013 3:20 pm

I love it of course, but did you just say you spent the weekend at this cottage and made them a headboard???? New name for you; Holly Have Tools, Will Travel.

October 11, 2013 6:31 pm

Holly I am in love with this. It just turned out beautifully. I am with Bliss, you did say you stayed at this cottage and made a headboard, right?? You are amazing!Cynthia

ImSoVintage Laura Walker
October 11, 2013 7:12 pm

Love this, Holly. Pinning for future reference. Have a great weekend. xo Laura

October 11, 2013 7:15 pm

This is amazing; you are so creative! Always look forward to your posts!

Christine Vandormolen
October 11, 2013 7:35 pm

ohhh you made it for the dog lady? WOW…awesome!

Ornate Splendor
October 11, 2013 10:35 pm

Wow, Holly! This looks like a bit of work – but so worth it! Very creative – love the repurposing. Catherine

October 12, 2013 10:57 am

it's really fabulous, holly! great tut–pinned:) happy weekend!

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Gypsy Heart
October 13, 2013 3:20 pm

Amazing! You are so talented. I've always loved the one in your old house.xoPat

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John Barringer
November 6, 2013 7:42 pm

Another great idea to creatively make use of old windows! Thank you for sharing the idea and also for busying yourself for the tutorial. This is another proof just how functional windows are. They allow in natural light when they are attached to the walls and can become many other things just like what you did here. Nice! John @ Beach Windows & Siding

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