It’s been a while since I last posted about our Powder Room Update. I wrote about the “before” and shared an inspiration board HERE.
In that post I mentioned some of the existing pros that were both budget friendly (no coin out of our pockets – Yes!) and went with our style. One of them was the window with privacy blinds already installed, they’re light, white and great quality. However, I felt the look of the entire window was lacking a little…shall I say UMPH! Options…install a rod and hang a cheesy little curtain or make a valance. We’ve never had a valance in any of our homes so there is no time like the present 😉 Now, some may say they are outdated but I believe what may date them is the shape, fabric or pattern. My thoughts – with simple lines and a current fabric selection you may just find yourself thinking…damn that looks good! LOL The neat corner folds along with a simplistic shape finishes off the look and adds just the extra colour, texture and pattern a space just might need. So in the end don’t rule them out just because your only memory of them might be dated patterns and dust. Plus, they are very simple to DIY on an itty-bitty budget.
Supplies You Need:
Wood (size will depend on your window)
Wood (two additional small pieces – size will also depend on preferred depth of box)
Two brackets (we broke ours in half to have a flat piece vs. an “L” shape)
Screws for Valance Box (x4)
Screws for Hanging (x2)
Hammer for wall plugs
Plugs for Hanging (x2)
Drill + Bits
Staple Gun + Staples
Fabric of Your Choice
We had the Home Depot clerk pre-cut the wood to approximately 3’x 7” and two additional pieces about 2” each. Ready. Set. Build.
Step 1: Place your longest board evenly against the window frame, measure and mark the wood where the edge of the trim begins. This way you know where to place the smaller blocks.
Step 2: Secure your brackets to the small blocks (x2) with one hole available for hanging.
Step 3: Secure both blocks to the long board using screws through the “front”.
Step 4: Use plugs and screws to prepare wall for hanging the valance. Ensure they are evenly spaced and level. Test the valance to ensure it’s the correct size and is fixed to the wall safely.
Step 5: Place valance face down on your choice of fabric and cut accordingly. You want the fabric to be large enough to wrap around the board as well as cover the two small blocks on each side.
Step 6: Wrap the fabric neatly and staple in place. Be sure to wrap all four corners neatly and using the same direction when folding.
Step 7: Hang and marvel at your work. WINK WINK.
UPDATE: You may have noticed that the fabric in each step captured is different from the cover photo; I lived with the original fabric selection and while the colour was spot on for my design esthetic, the pattern just didn’t sit well with me. So I switched it out by simply stapling right over top once I found an alternative fabric that I liked better. That’s simply the beauty of this project, I didn’t pay and arm and a leg for something that could so easily be changed.
Happy Stapling!! Cheers