DIY Cathedral Window Frame (Cut Your Own!)

7 Materials
$40
1 Day
Medium

For the cost of a piece of plywood and leftover paints, you can make your own "Fixer Upper inspired" gothic cathedral window. I embrace farmhouse elements that blend well with my decor and the cathedral window frames that are so popular are one of those "must-have farmhouse elements" that I can’t stop thinking about. Figuring out how to measure on a curve was the tricky part. Once we designed the window by measuring it out on the wood itself, the rest was a breeze.


Our design is reversible - you can any color you want on both sides! Just purchase our pattern from our store and you instantly receive a PDF that will need to be sent to a local copy/print store to print and enlarge.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

PATTERN 1:  Small Gothic Window Frame Pattern 22" x 40". Once you purchase YOU RECEIVE A PDF that can be enlarged at a print shop. You cut out the paper pattern, trace onto wood, then use a jigsaw to cut.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

PATTERN 2:  Large Cathedral Window Frame Pattern 44" x 46". Once you purchase YOU RECEIVE A PDF that can be enlarged at a print shop. You cut out the paper pattern, trace onto wood, then use a jigsaw to cut.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET:  

A PDF DOWNLOAD. You then send the PDF to a local print shop where they can enlarge it (around $9 or less). We created this pattern since so many people wanted to make their own. Since he already had it drawn in CAD, we turned it into a pattern for Hometalkers

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

CALL A PRINT SHOP TO PRINT YOUR PATTERN & TRACE ONTO PLYWOOD

Call a local print shop to have your PDF enlarged (we suggest Staples or similar store). Since this is a custom order, you will need to speak to the print tech directly. After speaking with a print technician, we suggest that you bring the PDF into the store on a thumb drive to talk about your enlarging options.


Request black and white engineering prints. The cost should be approximately $5.00 for each print.  


You then cut out the enlarged paper PDF, trace onto your wood, and cut with a jigsaw.


Then I smoothed the edges by sanding all the sides. The large window took about 2 hours to cut.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

FINISHING OPTIONS (Create a reversible finish) 

If you use plywood, you can finish both sides to create a reversible finish. In my example, I stained ALL sides (front and back) with Early American stain from Varathane.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

ON ONE SIDE:

Overtop of the Early American, I used white wax to give it a lighter look.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

SIDE 1 RESULTS:  

The whitewashed side has the heavier application of Annie Sloan White wax over the stain.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

SIDE 2 RESULTS: 

When you turn it over, this side is stained with Early American stain with only a very light brushing of white wax.

diy reversible fixer upper cathedral window frame

Let us know if you need coaching on how to finish your piece, or with cutting. We are happy to help! Below is a video demonstrating HOW TO ENLARGE TO MAKE A HEADBOARD

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  • Sharron Bennett
    on Mar 23, 2019

    Thanks for sharing and that is just so beautiful and I want to make one.

  • Joanie
    on Mar 23, 2019

    Wow!.........with some frosted glass or some kind of glass would be so beautiful.......something I would give to my church!! It is lovely!!

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