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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cornice board make-over

Last week I spent an afternoon helping my "Timeless Kitchen" client breath new life into her dining room cornice boards.  I am a believer in trying not to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" so since she  already had these window treatments, which she made and painted (she has the DIY mojo, this client), I knew we could freshen them up.  So armed with our beautiful fabric, some muslin, quilt batting and a staple gun, we set to work.

Here we are before, a valence is the perfect window treatment in this room situation and these had nice bones, so why not re-use them?

We really kind of winged it on this project. I didn't read any tutorials and I will be honest in saying that this is not  the best "how to post," but you'll get the idea.We brainstormed along the way about what would work, gave it a try and if the result was what we wanted, we ran with it. First, since we were covering up the existing trim, we had to cut and fit a piece of batting to do the job of creating an even surface.

 Next were the layers...more batting, muslin and the chosen fabric. Careful planning for how the fabric pattern would land on this cornice was a must. The pattern appears very geometric but is in fact a more random, loose, hand done design, making this step very important.  We made sure that both valences had the same pattern at the center point so that even though they are different sizes, the pattern placement is the same.

 We started stapling at the top, from underneath all of the layers. When that was done, we gently pulled the layers over the bottom edge and secured them on the back side.

Two cornices and a few hours later and viola... our finished product!  My client and I were delighted with our efforts. When you see the full reveal of this kitchen, you'll really appreciate how these treatments tie the space together. Even the electrician, who was installing light fixtures while we worked, gave his seal of approval.

 Have you ever begun a DIY project with only an idea and no firm instructions?  How did it turn out?

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Holly said...

It's beautiful, Cathy!! What fabric is that again? (I think you might have mentioned in a previous post). I LOVE the fabric. Our class last night was all about window treatments, so getting that fabric on that cornice just right was a BIG point that our instructor stressed. She actually showed an example of a cornice where the fabric was not placed properly. Great job on this - I love the freshened up look. And always bonus points when the contractors comment on how they like the look.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

This looks great Cathy! It is amazing how creative one can be when one is determined..and here there was minimal cost. I have done several diy projects with no tutorial or plan.

Jenn said...

This turned out beautifully! I love the fabric. I actually feel like every project I tackle is without a firm plan ... makes writing up how-to's incredibly challenging ;)


I love when things are that easy...and that fabric is wonderful. I think I just saw it yesterday at Lewis & Sheron. Can not wait to see the finished room!

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