I’m happy with how our master bedroom is coming along, but I wanted to add some character to these small, basic windows. I found the easiest, 5-minute solution ever! Let me show you:
This is the before. It’s a simple builder-grade window.
I like this wall painted Kendall Charcoal, but it still needed some help. Some art and some moulding.
So I just glued a crosshead at the top! It fills out the space and adds personality. And it could’t be more simple.
Here is the exact crosshead I bought. And here is another link to compare prices.
- Choose the right size crosshead for your window. There are quite a few options. Go bigger rather than smaller if in question.
- Apply long strips of painters tape to the front of the crosshead BEFORE applying glue.
- Flip the crosshead over and apply Liquid nails to the back of the where it will touch the wall. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of this, but you can see me do it in the 1-minute video at the end of the post!
- Apply it over the window firmly and press down the tape. That’s it!
This is an easy way to add character to your home in minutes!
Full bedroom update is coming soon! I still need to paint the doors and add some new lamps!
Watch the video of me putting up the crossheads here:
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2 thoughts on “5-minute window crosshead, no power tools!”
I just found your housemixblog.
First let me just say Thank you!
I’ve been paralyzed in fear trying to figure out how I can update my 22 year old house. Add to that my marriage of 30 years ended, leaving me to do this alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in a good place now. But I’m also on a strict budget and couldn’t afford to hire anyone. So that left either doing nothing or trying to do it myself.
I’ll be honest I love doing things that everyone says I can’t do, and then knocking it out of the ball park. However, I’m also concerned that I will create a huge mess and not be able to finish what I started. I honestly have good intentions about completing things, but also if it’s not perfect then…
Do you know what the hardest thing is about being single after so many years? It’s that companionship, where you get to bounce ideas off of someone that cares about you and cares about the project(s) your working on.
I worry that the vision in my head of what I want to do just won’t look that good when I am done. Either the paint will be wrong, or the walls won’t be smooth enough, or ultimately my body will just give up on me. All because I picked a project that’s simply way too physical for me. I also don’t know if my ex’s voice is still telling me I can’t do that, Or telling me that I am going to fail. It’s scary.
Anyway, Thank you for showing before and after pictures. Also pictures at different steps of the process. I also loved the blog about showing how painting the tile and more in your bathroom and what it looked like 6 months after. Because sometimes I’ve seen DIY’ers completed projects and have wondered did it hold up? Or does it look like a pealing painted mess in no time flat.
I get there are no promises. I had experts paint my kitchen cabinets back in 2013. Water damage had us redoing the kitchen. Of course, that was back when I was married and had more income. Anyway, those professionally done painted cabinets chipped within 6 years. And when I asked the contractor for the color of the paints, he told me it didn’t matter since the paint would have aged, or faded. That there was no way to match the color now. Ugh!
Anyway after reading your blog, I now know you have given me hope. Hope that I can actually do a make over of one of the hardest rooms-kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms. But I’ll start with some baby steps first. 😉
Thank you so much.
Hi Elizabeth. It sounds like you have been through a lot. I think working with your hands, doing smaller projects at first would be so great for you. It will build your confidence and give you satisfaction when it is completed! You CAN do this. I believe in you 💕