Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{ DIY upholstered cornice }

First of all, I'm super self conscious so please please please
i g n o r e  the wrinkly roman shades.
They've been in our storage closet for almost a year 
and I haven't gotten to steam them.

Okay. Moving on.

A few weeks ago I blogged a tour of our (former) family room
and mentioned we sold our couch to get one that better suited our growing family's needs.
Well, we got one!! A brown, small scale klic-klac sectional.
The brown didn't match the old color scheme (yellow, red, gray, and a touch of turquoise)
so I'm getting to work redecorating the family room before moving on to the kid's room.
The new colors are along the lines of brown, yellow, and turquoise.

I pulled out the roman shades my mom made for us when we first moved in
and decided to attempt some
Simple D I Y Upholstered Cornice Boxes

Oh and FYI I am really bad at tutorials so I apologize in advance.
To begin, you need to get your husband to make a "box" out of scrap wood.
You also need a staple gun.
Some sheet sponge
and fabric of your choice. 

Start by cutting a piece of sponge big enough to cover the entire box. 
Then fold it over the edges and staple it down on the perimeter. 

See below!

I covered the entire box but my mom (a master seamstress and upholsterer) 
later told me that I could have just covered the front.

Then you need a piece of fabric cut into a rectangle, again, big enough to cover the box. 

Same as the sponge, staple the fabric around the perimeter only on the INSIDE of the box...
the side no one will see.
Fold fabric flaps over carefully since some of those will be visible.

See below, the staples are on the inside, not seen 
and the flaps are nicely folded.

All the ugly staples are inside.
The staples above the fabric were from a previous project. 

As Jake would say, all done!

We used two L brackets screwed right into the wall
and slid the top of the cornices right up against the wall.
Then added screws to secure the cornice and the L-bracket together.
I wanted the cornices as close to the ceiling as possible
to maximize how much light comes into the room.

Here's a confusing picture of how it looks like in "the inside" 
Screws from the L-bracket into the wall and from the L-bracket to the top of the cornice.

Thanks goodness for my husband who makes my projects come true.

The room is not nearly done but we're getting there. 
Window treatments are a big stride towards being finished.


Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

Oh.my.gosh....I've been wanting to do this in my master bath for a year! What a great tutorial. I'm pinning it and showing it to my hubby tomorrow! Thanks for linking up with the Creative Headquarters Blog Hop...so glad to meet you! I'm your newest follower :)

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

That turned out great! And what a great tutorial! Can't believe you can get your husband to pose with your pieces. The only pictures he will take are hidden behind a quilt...LOL Thanks so much for linking up to the CHQ Blog Hop! Hope to see you back next week! Happy to be following along!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

Yay! I'm your 100th follower! Congrats! Big bloggy milestone!! =)

Unknown said...

What a great tutorial! I did something similar in my master bedroom, but it didn't turn out quite as neat and pretty as yours did!
Thank you so much for linking up at the Creative Headquarters Blog Hop! I'm following you now on GFC! Hope to see you next week!

Barbara @ Chase the Star

No(dot dot)el said...

I think this is an amazing tutorial, they turned out simply lovely. I like the fabric choice too ;)

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Your cornice looks really great! Thanks for the very detailed directions. Posts like this make it so easy to try and recreate something at home.

Baylee said...

That looks really nice!! Really adds something to the room


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