Friday, March 6, 2009

A Piece of Cake Weekend Project

Super easy and affordable upholstered window valences!

The weather is way too nice to work on interior projects, but when spring showers arrive you might give these a go.
All you need is:
  • Pine boards the width and length desired. I used 12 inch boards and allowed an extra 3 inches in length on each side for curtain rod clearance. The end pieces are 6 inches wide.
  • 4 medium L-brackets and 2 large L-brackets per window valence. (the screws are included)
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Power drill
  • 2 people for installation
  • Furry helpers
Screw in medium L-brackets.
Start by upholstering the ends first. Make sure it's pulled tight. You don't want bubbles in the middle.
After the ends are secure, start with one side of the fabric and work from the middle out.
When you get to the end, pull excess fabric tight and watch the corners to keep them smooth.
Repeat on the other side, making sure to pull tight.
Fold raw edge over when making final staples to leave a finished look.
Measure for large L-bracket placement and drill brackets into the wall with the corner facing out.
Install by securing the large L-bracket to each end of valence.
Adds nice height and another layer of texture. Is also a great way to hide boring curtain rods. Happy Friday!

1 comment:

memo57 said...

did you do all that work with your shirt over your face? that is one handsome lad you've got working with you.