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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:
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On three of them he added a back. This left us with three like the picture above and three like the picture below.
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We used that back rail to secure the pieces to the wall.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Beautiful!

  • Dean Murdaugh

    The vertical blinds, installed a year ago, for the sliding glass door from our living room to our balcony did not come with a valence due to the length of the rail. Now I know what to do to remedy the eyesore of the exposed rail. Since we're trying

    • While I Linger
      While I Linger Mendon, MA

      I would love to see a photo when you get it done! Glad you found some inspiration here!

  • Theduke1234

    These are called Cornices, from back in the day.......say the early 60's.
    Nice memories.

    • While I Linger
      While I Linger Mendon, MA

      Everything old is new again. That is the beauty of design. You can take an old idea and update it to today's aesthetics.

  • Leyan Henry Graf Walthour
    Leyan Henry Graf... Henrietta, NY

    I covered mine with wallpaper border for the bedroom.

  • Katherine Howard Jones

    Just what I need! My 115 year-old house has tall ceilings. The ready made drapes were too short - but too pretty to take back. I have been looking for this kind of Valence, Thought I would have to paint or cover with fabric. These make me think wood

    • While I Linger
      While I Linger Mendon, MA

      Yay! Glad you found a solution to your problem, Katherine. Come back and share a picture when you get it done!

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