I have the privilege of being a Lowes Creative Ideas blogger and each month we are issued a project idea challenge. This month, I chose to take on the challenge of “window treatments”. Our guest bedroom desperately needed some window help since the previous roman shades hanging in this room were dirty and broken. My first step in upgrading the window treatments was to purchase some natural bamboo Levelor shades. These are great because they can be cut to size right in the store. You simply come prepared with your measurements, hand them to a friendly Lowe’s associate, and the machine cuts the shade right in the box for you!
The room looked a thousand times better just with the warmth of the bamboo shades. My next step was to build a few pelmet boxes also knows as window cornices. I wanted the cornices to be light in weight so that hanging them would be easy. Inspired by Little Green Notebook, I chose to build these out of foam core board, but you could also use insulation board for this project.
- Foam board or insulation board
- Measuring tape, ruler, pencil
- Projector (optional)
- Utility knife or X-acto knife
- White 3M Duct tape
- Staple gun
- Fabric and batting (purchase at fabric store)
- Glue gun and hot glue
- D-ring large picture hangers
Step 1: Gather your supplies and your helpers. I have two furry little helpers that loved the fact I was working on the floor all afternoon. Pippin carried off my batting a few times and Eowyn was scared of the staple gun so kept trying to climb in my lap as I worked. It slowed the process down for sure :).
Step 2: Determine your pelmet box design and size and draw it on your board. I measured my window to determine the size for my pelmet box. Next, I found an image of a pelmet box that I loved, and I projected that image from my computer onto my board using my 3M projector and traced around it. My 3M projector is my secret weapon, and I highly recommend getting one if you are doing a lot of projects in your home. If you don’t have a projector you will have to do some math to determine the design for your board.
Step 3: Cut and tape the sides to your cornice. I used an Xacto knife to cut my board but you can also use a utility knife. I used duct tape to tape on the sides of my box.
Step 4: Cover your cornice in batting and fabric and staple in place. Going around the corners is the trickiest part of this project. Keep checking the look of the front of your cornice to determine if you need to pull the fabric more or less taut to get a wrinkle-free look. I covered my staples with duct tape for a cleaner look and to ensure that none of them pulled away from the foamboard.
Step 5: Glue D-ring picture hangers onto each end and hang your box. I held my finished box up to the window and used a pencil to mark where my nails needed to go above each window. I nailed two brad nails into the wall and hung my cornice in place.
I love the way they turned out and love even more how easy they were to make and hang on the wall!
*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project; however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own.