DIY Antique Window Headboard


We have made a lot of progress in one of our guest bedrooms lately & one of the
projects that we have been working on is this DIY antique window headboard.
I found these windows at a local thrift store for a price that I could not pass up.
I loved that they were all similar and knew right away what I wanted to do with
them. I also loved all of the flaws in the windows & didn’t want to change them
in any way. I think they look gorgeous just as they are in all of their original
beauty. This bedroom is quite small & the bed we have in the room is quite large.
So we needed a low profile headboard that made a huge statement…



This headboard was quite simple to hang & only required a few steps
to make sure it was secure & ready for guests. I am not going to lie,
having windows hanging above a bed wasn’t my safest idea ever so I wanted
to make sure things were as secure as possible.


>> We taped off the wall in sections the size of the windows to see how we wanted
the windows hung & how we wanted them to be spaced on the wall.
>> We then secured any loose parts on the windows, we wanted them to be shabby,
but not fall apart on our guests ;) Different steps for each window.
>> We attached picture hangers on the back of all of the windows that were appropriate
for the weight of the windows. One picture frame holder for each window.
>> Using a tape measure, level, & screws we hung the windows as level and straight
as possible. This is hard when you are working with rustic materials because
there are flaws as you can see, but we tried to keep them as similar as possible.
>> We put nails in the wall behind the windows to secure the windows from being
able to move back and forth if anyone were to bump them. Also this step straightens out
your windows if they are hanging a little crooked.


We polyurethaned the windows so that the paint would not chip off of
the window. It would also be wise to caulk the glass in your windows
if you find that any are loose. We have actually had guests stay in this
room already & I was so excited to ask them the morning after they
slept in the room if the windows bothered them at all or if anything.
They said they were perfect and didn’t effect them at all.





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What do you think of our DIY antique window headboard?
I can’t wait to show you the rest of this room when it is all finished.
It’s just a little facelift because this was one of those rooms that
was thrown together 3 years ago with items from our old home &
remained the same until now. Stay tuned for the rest of the room!
Share your thoughts in the comments below or {here}
on the Facebook page. Also, be sure to find me on Instagram
where I update you with all of my latest projects.


  1. Deb Gardner says:

    Hey Liz. Great idea! I’ve been wanting to do something similar but as family portrait frames on a gallery wall (I have an odd wall). Question: how many picture hangers did you place on each window frame and how did you get them straight? I would imagine it would be a pain in the butt to try and place them level if the hangers were crooked. :-/ (Totes something I would do.)

    • Hey Deb!! Yes these windows were kind of a pain at first to keep straight. We put nails in the wall behind the windows so that they wouldn’t move or become crooked. Does that make sense? The nails catch the windows if they get bumped or something moves them. I hope this helps!! xx

  2. LOVE this headboard! It looks absolutely fabulous! Simple, clean, and chic =) The repurposed windows were put to great use and totally make this guest room have a more “pulled together” feel! Thanks for sharing this inspiring project!

  3. this looks great. simple and rustic.

  4. I love it- it’s so light and airy! Like a bed & breakfast, haha :)

  5. Really beautiful! I am going to try this too! I already have a chicken wire window in my living room inspired by your blog.

  6. This is such a cool idea.. Love it!

  7. Such a fun idea. I love the rustic touches in the mix! Can’t wait to see the rest :)

    x Rachael

  8. Looks amazing – and of course that furry pillow is perfection too! Pinning this beauty!

  9. ummm LOVE THIS! It’s perfect!!!

  10. Seriously?! So simple, and so GORGEOUS. Awesome impact – I love it!!!!

  11. Cheryl Norman says:

    I love the headboard and the thing is I have tons of old windows. Thanks for the idea.

  12. Love it! So pretty! I love old windows and the way you used them is perfect! :)

  13. Such a great idea! Looks fab.

  14. Love this! Perfect chippyness in those window frames : ) We just completed our headboard- a diy ballard designs headboard that was a lot of fun to make :) Love your blog!

  15. This is beautiful Liz!! You are so creative with your headboards, it’s inspiring! I love those old windows but they always seem to be so pricey at the salvage stores I go to. I wish I could find one for a great price, I would love to hang in in our windowless powder room. I guess I’ll have to keep searching!

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  17. I LOVE this! So pretty and simple ;)
    Jamie ~

  18. What a lovely idea! It looks great.

  19. Love it ! Great idea!

  20. I really like how you stacked the windows to add height to this room!
    Love the fuzzy white pillows….I have lots of fuzzy white pillows in my house!

    • Thank you Dawn! I’m loving the height it gave the room as well. & I can’t get enough of these fuzzy white pillows either! Thanks for your sweet comment! xx

  21. AWESOME!! I love love it!! It’s such a fun idea and definitely something I would do. Thanks for sharing! Pinning it. :)

  22. Hi, I love your headboard. I would however be concerned about lead base paint in old windows. Just a thought.


  23. Well, well… great minds think alike! I just did a project with a bunch of old windows too and was getting ready to link up to the Primp Your Stuff Wednesday party and saw your headboard! It’s beautiful, I absolutely love how simple it is yet like you said, it makes a HUGE statement! Here’s my project in case you are interested:


  24. Beautiful Liz. I love old windows too. Great job. xo jen

  25. Loooove it! Saw you on Live Laugh Rowe and came to say hi : )

  26. I love this. So easy, and cute. Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower.

  27. Beautiful! I love the rustic paint and the frilly white bedding (and the fur!)
    I’m visiting from 36th Avenue today. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  28. So darn pretty! I am sharing on my Facebook page and I am pinning… Thank you so much for visiting my party!
    Happy Easter my love!

  29. Love this. So glad I saw it on one of the linky parties.

  30. I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing it at my party. Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see it featured! Have a great week.

  31. That headboard is so pretty. And I love the white in your room. Where did you get all of the windows?

    I actually did something similar with an old farm window, it’s not quite a headboard, but a decorative piece over my bed. I also had the same fear about it falling on my bed, but they’re pretty easy to secure.

  32. Interesting idea, but I think it would have looked better if the frames were colorful.

  33. LOVE it! thnks for linking up to support habitat. sharing on FB later today.

  34. This looks beautiful–but I have to be such a downer here…..old windows were not made of safety glass and this is a tragedy waiting to happen. Please think about children that may come into that room, jump on the bed or simply try to walk on that bed and the disaster that could take place. That old glass was dangerous and that is why it was outlawed way back in the day. The chicken wire idea would look great.

    I am sorry–please everyone, don’t be upset with me–I work with children and that is where my mind goes.

    You ideas are beautiful in any case.

  35. I have an old window right now that I am thinking about using on my mantle and putting some family pictures inside the window frames. I love the white frame you have, but I think I would like to give mine a sea glass colored paint tint. I have no idea the best way to go about this. Should I scrub off the old paint that’s chipping away, etc? Not sure if I should spray paint or just do regular paint. Thanks for any input you can give.

  36. Found this on Pinterest and tracked down the source… love it times ten! I found a bunch of old windows at a barn sale and am doing on a round up on beautiful projects with old windows. This is perfect!

  37. Tori Chandler says:

    What are the measurements of these windows?

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