Farmhouse decor is everywhere you look–social media, home decorating television shows, magazines and even brand name stores. This beautiful trend offers both country and simplistic styles. We’ve even done our fair share of farmhouse-inspired DIYs, including:
A key element in farmhouse decor is the basic, chippy window frame because of its versatile uses. You’ll find DIY window frames in many homes and backyards, placed over a bed, on a mantel or even on the porch. It can also be decorated seasonally with a festive banner or a boxwood wreath.
However, original rustic farmhouse window panes can be both expensive and in most areas rather difficult to find. Today we will show you how easy and budget-friendly it can be to do it yourself. Here’s how to build your own six pane, farmhouse inspired DIY window frame. Simply follow the steps below to learn more. You may be surprised how few supplies you’ll need to get this vintage look. In fact, we only spent $20–not including tools, of course. Let’s get started!
Vintage DIY Window Frame Tutorial
You will need:
- (1) 1” x 2” board**
- (1) 1” x 1” board**
- (18) 1 ½” pocket hole screws
- Kreg pocket hole jig
- 48” clamp
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- Paint or spray paint (optional)
*Remember to use caution, eye protection and extreme care when using power tools. I also use a respirator mask and gloves when spray painting.
** Dimensions shown are used for this tutorial and create a window frame size of 32.5” x 21”. The middle pieces (interior dividers) may need to be trimmed to fit inside the frame. You may also change dimensions as needed for your individual needs.
Step One: Cut the Wood
Cut the wood pieces per the dimensions in the picture. You will use the 1” x 2” pieces for the exterior of the frame and the 1” x 1” pieces for the interior of the frame. The cut list is as follows:
Material Quantity Cut Length
1” x 2” 2 32.5”
1” x 2” 2 21”
1” x 1” 1 28 ⅞”
1” x 1” 4 9 ⅞”
After you have cut all of your pieces of wood, lightly sand all of them before proceeding to the next step.
Step Two: Create Pocket Holes
All of your holes will be created on the back side of your window frame. Be sure to inspect your wood and determine your front and back before continuing.
Grab your two 21” pieces of wood. Set the Kreg pocket hole jig and bit for your wood thickness. Drill two holes side by side.
Repeat this step until both sides of your two boards have their holes drilled. You should have two holes at the end of each cross member – this is the main exterior of the frame.
You will repeat this step for the remaining boards (interior pieces). However, you will only drill one hole in each end.
It should resemble something like this:
Step Three: Assemble the Exterior Window Frame
Using your clamp, join the two 32.5” pieces and the two 21” pieces together with some glue. Drill the screws into the pocket holes. Wipe off excess glue and allow to dry. This will be the main exterior of your frame.
Step Four: Assemble the Interior Window Panes
Using a tape measure and pencil, measure the inside of the frame. Find the middle at each end and mark it. Then line up the board and attach by drilling the screws into the pocket holes.
Repeat this step for all remaining pieces. Lightly sand as desired, especially if working with scrap wood. (Note: When placing the “panes” into the center, you may find that it does not easily fit. You can either assist them by lighting pounding with a hammer or trim the ends slightly.)
It should resemble something like this:
Step Five: Paint as Desired
Turn the frame over (the pocket holes should be on the back side) and paint with your choice of color. You could use regular paint or spray paint. In this example, we chose to use a couple of coats of white spray paint and then sand it down to give it a more rustic and distressed look.
You could leave the natural wood or paint a fun color such as aqua, too! You could also attach a chain to the back so it hangs, or add a handle or knob on the front for a more personalized look. We hung a banner to stage our finished frame. Learn to make your own in our article: How to Decorate a Mantel for Spring + DIY burlap banner. The possibilities for dressing up your DIY window frame are endless!
This simple project is such an easy way to add a little farmhouse charm to your home. We hope this encourages you to make your own farmhouse window frame! Share your own creations at #LifeStorageDIY for a chance to be featured!