Saturday, January 30, 2010

Did It Myself: Cornice Board

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I'm hoping my lack of posts doesn't become a trend, but I have been so busy over the past two weeks.  Last night Raleigh got snow and I'm trapped in my house for the next couple of days.  The timing couldn't be more perfect.  I have so many things to do to my house to get ready for this baby boy to be here.  I'm 37 weeks and I'm in full nesting mode.  My house is going to be spotless and everything is going to be in it's place by tomorrow evening (maybe).

I took this afternoon to finish a project I'd started Monday.  I was going back and forth between making a box valance or a cornice board for the nursery.  I'm usually not a fan of cornice boards, but for the nursery it seemed to fit and the best part is that I had to do absolutely no sewing.  I also didn't need any power tools.  I literally stepped back from the window when I was finished and thought, "Oh my gosh, I can't believe that worked."  It could very likely be on the floor in a couple of hours, but for right now I'm going to enjoy my success.  Here's the finished product:

I had all of the materials except the batting and fabric which cost about $8 total.  The board I used was that old foam board from my memo board.

I'm a little hesitant to show you how I did it, because it's pretty embarrassing.  I'm not a perfectionist, so to me, whatever can't be seen just isn't there.  Some people would be driven crazy by knowing that there is a mess behind that cornice board.

Here's what it looked like before the fabric was on it:
Not bad, but here's what the back looks like:
Yes, that is tape holding the batting on.  I was afraid I was going to run out of glue sticks, and I still had to put the fabric on.  I doubled the foam board and it's held together by hot glue.  The board was roughly cut with a box opener.  Luckily, the batting covers any less than perfect lines.  I hung a valance rod and attached the board with floral wire.  Like I said, it could be on the floor in a couple hours, but for right now it's up, and the only person who knows how awful the craftsmanship is is me...and you.

I can't wait to have the whole window finished with a faux Roman shade made out of this:


  1. I love it!!! This is a project that I want to do and I love how yours turned out! We are just down the road from you in Greensboro enjoying a snowy evening too. Take care.

  2. It turned out great. I bet you're excited about your new arrival. The last couple of weeks seem to drag on - but the waits worth it!

  3. I think it looks great! It doesn't matter what the back looks like and as long as the fabric is secure, you should be good. I wouldn't worry about it falling apart! : )

  4. Love it, Good for you, for diying it. Thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  5. I think it turned out great! I wouldn't worry about the back one bit!


  6. It's so funny that I came across your blog at this particular time in my life. I am about 37 weeks pregnant with a boy. The nesting phase has fully started and I've decided to also make a cornice for my son's nursery. Like you, I'm looking to cut a few corners here and there but have things look fabulous in the end. Thanks for your post! I'll have to send you pics when I'm finished :)