Step 1


Measure Opening

Measure the window opening to determine measurements of the legs and jambs.

Step 2


Cut Jambs and Legs

Using 5 1/4 MDF, cut jambs and legs to size of frame-out with a chop saw. Make sure to measure from cut edge to make the frame-out square.

Step 3

Cut Jamb Legs for Shelves

Cut to size the number of jamb legs needed to create the desired amount of shelves. These will be parallel to the legs of the frame-out.

Step 4


Rip Down MDF

Rip down the 5-1/4 MDF to 4-9/16 with a table saw. Make sure all jamb legs are the same width.

Step 5


Round Jamb Leg Edges

Use a router to round each edge of the jamb legs to create a smooth polished edge.

Step 6

Measure Stained-Glass Piece

Measure the piece of stained glass in order to build the frame-out within the shelving unit.

Step 7

Insert Frame-Out Into Opening

Use 2-1/2" drywall screws to attach all four sides of the frame-out and jamb legs, making sure to pre-drill each hole before screwing together. Once everything is in place, insert the frame-out into window opening.

Step 8


Secure to Wall

Using shims, make the frame-out level, and secure it to the wall using a framing nailer with 2" framing nails.

Step 9


Put Pegboard Against MDF

Once leveled, put the pegboard up against the inside of the MDF where the shelves will go.

Step 10


Drill MDF

Drill out the desired amount of holes and the desired width, allowing you to make floating adjustable shelves.

Step 11


Cut Shelves

Measure the length of the shelves and cut each shelf to length with a chop saw.

Step 12

Smooth Shelving

Rip down each shelf with the table saw to mimic the width of the jamb legs, and router each end of the shelf for that smooth, polished look.

Step 13


Install Shelving

Install each shelf at desired level.

Step 14


Add a Stopper

For the stained-glass area, add a stopper, using 1/4 round cut to size of window frame. Cut each individual piece using a chop saw.

Step 15


Find Depth

Find the depth where the stained-glass pane will sit.

Step 16


Attach Stopper

Attach one side of the 1/4-round stopper with the finish nailer.

Step 17

Insert Stained Glass and Secure

When all four pieces are installed, carefully insert the stained glass into the area. Attach the other side of the stopper on the reverse side of the stained glass to keep it in place.

Step 18

Paint Shelves

Remove all the shelves to prime and paint your desired color.

Step 19

Re-Install Shelves

Add some trim around the border of the window, and re-install the shelves.