I’ve always thought wooden valances in a house made it look more put together and I have been wanting to make some for my upstairs living room and kitchen for a while.
I finally broke down and picked up a 6ft board made for trim (or crown molding?).
I decided it would be best to start small so I did the window that was above the sink in my kitchen. I figured I could save the sliding glass door and giant living room window for after I had messed up 7 times on creating the small one. This is how it went down.
The steps for my first wooden valance.
1. I measured out how wide the valance needed to be (30″) and how deep I wanted it to be (4″).
2. I cut the front board at a 45 degree angle with my saw. I made sure that the angles were on the inside of the board on both sides. I also made sure that it measured 30″ across the FRONT of the board and not the back.
3. I cut the two small depth pieces. The first cut being a straight cut to go against the wall and the second being on a 45 degree angle so it would lay flush with the front valance board.
4. Once the boards were cut I made sure that they matched up nearly perfectly with the front valance
5. (This step may not be necessary) I recut one of the 4″ pieces because it looked ugly.
6. I then nailed the corners (using my pretty new nail gun) in place on the two sides.
7. After the nailing I caulked any edges or spots on the front of the valance that looked uneven or not together and made sure not to take a picture of it. It’s not like I was writing a blog post about it or anything.
8. I wanted to add a little something extra so I added this decorative wood piece I bought at Home Depot with some contact cement and a small brush.
9. Once everything was dry I sanded down any on spots and then painted it with some spray paint after dusting it off.
10. After the valance dried over night I hung it up using two small L brackets. Attaching one side to the wall and the other side to the valance.
When you do this step I recommend attaching the L brackets to the wall first because if your valance isn’t as deep as your drill it is impossible to connect it to the wall…. Not that I did do that and had to take the valance down, take the L brackets off the valance, attach them to the wall and then put the valance back up again… Nope.
The valance doesn’t really stick out too much right now or make a statement but I plan on adding a small roman shade underneath it so hopefully the colors from that will make it pop. If it doesn’t stick out too much after that then oh well, I got some practice in before tackling the two big valances I want to do.