I’ve had several questions regarding these layered vintage windows that I used in my fall farmhouse style entryway this year, and the DIY is so very easy! Layered windows and signs is one of my favorite tricks for adding depth and texture on my walls, and I’ve been layering up the decor for years using this method. I’ll link up some supplies for you (affiliate links used), and there are how-to pics below. Hope this is helpful to you as you decorate your own home for fall!
-chippy old windows of different sizes (or mirrors, wood signs, anything really!)
-long heavy duty screws [HERE] + appropriately sized drywall anchors, if needed
-regular heavy duty screws + anchors, if needed
-picture hanging hardware
After attaching picture hanging hardware correctly onto the back of your windows, you’ll want to place, mark and measure where you’d like your base layer of windows to go. You’ll start with the windows that are directly touching the wall, and then you’ll build out from there. Because your base layer of windows is hung flush with the wall, you can use regular length screws here.
**Helpful tip: Before you make any holes in the wall, you might try laying out your windows on the floor in front of the space they will eventually hang. That’s what I did with these windows, and, once I saw my original plan laid out in front of me, I ended up changing a few things. I’m glad I tried it out on the floor first before putting unnecessary holes into my shiplap!
Once you know where the holes in the wall are going to go, install your drywall anchors if needed. (We didn’t use any on this wall, because it is a layer of shiplap on top of drywall…in other words, doubly secure. On our walls where there is no shiplap on top of drywall, we use the anchors.)
**Helpful tip: As you are adding the screws and anchors to the wall, try angling them upward just a bit. The weight of the windows hanging on the ends of such long screws can sometimes pull the tip down a bit, which will throw off your design and scale. By installing the screws at a somewhat upright angle as pictured above, you’ll counterbalance the pull of the window later.
Now it’s time to layer those windows! You’ll want to eyeball the depth of the base window already on the wall and install your long heavy duty screw appropriately. The screw should stick out from the wall at least 1/4 of an inch further than the base windows, thus creating a seamlessly layered look. Then, when you go to place the layered windows on top of the base windows, they should lay flush on top of the base windows since their screws stuck out just a hair further.
There ya have it! A pretty simple DIY project that packs some serious punch and creates a unique look on the walls of your home. So much of this DIY is eyeballing it and thinking ahead about your specific design, so as long as you stick closely to the methods described here regarding layering technique, the possibilities are endless as to what you could create!
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