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DIY Wood Window Valances

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After a recent renovation of our home office space we were stuck for window treatments. Not wanting to block precious light in our antique home and desiring to put some texture and warmth into the room had us thinking outside the box at bit. We purchased the knotty-est pine we could find at the store and brought it home. Based on the width of our windows my husband cut the wood and built 6 of these:
On three of them he added a back. This left us with three like the picture above and three like the picture below.
We used that back rail to secure the pieces to the wall.
The pieces were taken to the basement to receive two coats of stain and a coat of polyurethane. After drying the pieces were assembled. Each window will have two tiers of boards.
Using a penny for a spacer I connected one of each version above with mending brackets on each end. The penny gives a little space but not really enough to see the hardware.
One valance in place. This home is an antique colonial cape. The windows on the front of the house are only inches off the floor and reach less than 3 1/2 feet up from the floor-so you see my desire to not want to cover any of that light (not to mention that the chairs sit in front of the windows).
This is the view from the door. All-in-all the window valances were less than $30! I had stain and poly. The brackets were a couple dollars for all six.
More detailed directions for measurements, staining and hanging can be found on my blog- While I Linger. Thanks for taking a look!

To see more: http://whileilinger.blogspot.com/2016/03/wood-window-valances.html

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Mar 30, 2016

    These look so good! I like the stain you went with!

    • While I Linger
      While I Linger Mendon, MA
      on Mar 31, 2016

      @Hannah V Thanks! It was two different stains. A dark wood color then a gray over that to give a bit of a weathered color.

  • Brenda Brown
    Brenda Brown Canada
    on Apr 2, 2016

    A very creative solution for some very different windows! It looks great :).

  • Lindacooper2003
    Lindacooper2003 United Kingdom
    on Apr 2, 2016

    That is a great ideal,it look s super.

  • SandyG
    SandyG Mount Alto, WV
    on Apr 2, 2016

    My kind of decorating windows. Love this simple look. I have very few drapes in my home. Living in the country, I want to see nature and have sunlight shining in.

    • While I Linger
      While I Linger Mendon, MA
      on Apr 2, 2016

      @SandyG I would love to live where no curtains or blinds were needed!

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on Apr 2, 2016

    Nicely done! I have not seen Windows like that, I wouldn't have known what to do .

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