Turn an Old Window Frame Into Farmhouse Wall Decor

by Spruced.Sticks
9 Materials
2 Hours

Farmhouse style is really big right now and vintage window crafts are trendy, as well. So when I found this really cool old window frame at an antique shop for eight bucks, I had to have it. I knew I could turn it into some kind of fun wall decor to hang over my bed. I wasn’t wrong. I think the finished product looks great and it was unbelievably easy to do. Seriously, the decorating took the longest time.


  • Rags
  • Sander
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Drop Cloth
  • Mask
  • Goggles
  • String Lights
  • Twine
  • Small Clothespins
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Command Hooks
  • Picture Hooks

Step 1: Sand the Frame

I didn’t want to mess with the frame too much, I liked the aged appearance, so I didn’t bother to remove the old hooks and hardware. They added some charm, but the painted wood was bumpy and lumpy and needed some help. I didn’t need to strip it all the way, but I sanded it a bit to even the wood out, working over a drop cloth. It’s important to note that goggles and a mask are recommended when sanding, especially when you’re working with layers of old paint, since it could contain lead. If unsure, you should get a test kit.

Sand the Frame

Step 2: Paint the Frame

As I said, it was already painted and had a vintage vibe, but it was pretty dingy, so I decided to give it one quick coat of bright white. First, I opened my windows for ventilation, then I opened my paint can. Next, I used a damp rag to wipe down the entire frame so it was free of dust and debris and then I grabbed my brush and applied the paint.

Paint the Frame

Step 3: Sand It Again

When the paint was dry, my window frame looked good, but almost too good. I wanted it to be a bit more rustic, so I reached for my sander again and gently sanded some of the paint away. I didn’t remove all the paint; I just carefully ran it over spots where I thought the finish would naturally wear away over time. Raised edges, sides and corners are generally good areas to hit. 

Sand It Again

Step 4: Cut Away the Screen

Now, I could’ve removed the screen first, and it probably would’ve made painting easier, but I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this design when I started. So, I left it. However, with its new coat of paint and sanded edges, I thought it would look better without the old screen, so I simply used a pair of scissors to carefully cut it away from the wooden frame. 

Cut Away the Screen

Step 5: Hang the Frame on The Wall

Since there wasn’t any glass inside the panes, the wood window frame itself was actually pretty light. If I wanted to hang it on the wall in a hallway, for example, I could probably use Command style hooks to do so. I would just need to check the weight and buy ones rated to support it. I was planning to put this over my bed though, so I needed it to be secure. I didn’t want it falling on me in the middle of the night, so nails would be a better option. Either way, using Command hooks or nails, you will need some kind of weight rated picture hanger or hook on the back of your window frame. 

Hang the Frame on The Wall

Step 6: Decorate

This was my favorite part of the DIY. I picked up some string lights at the local craft store and draped them over the frame. Then I added Command hooks to each side of the frame, on the back, and tied some twine from one end to the other. I used teeny tiny clothespins to hang my photos across it and balanced a picture inside one of the empty panes. Of course, these are just ideas. You can dress your own window frame any way you like. 

I love upcycling old worn out items and transforming them into something functional again, so this project was right up my alley. I think it turned out really well and it didn’t take a lot of time or cost me a lot of money to do it. So if you’re looking for a rustic, farmhouse accent piece, I say check out the thrift stores, or your neighbor’s curb, grab an old window frame and give this DIY a try!

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