Custom Look Cornice and Shower Curtain

8 Materials
6 Hours

This little condo of ours was going on the market and I wanted a custom look cornice and shower curtain without spending the money for that.

My fabric - LOVE!

First I made the shower curtain. It was a straightforward sewing project. Since the fabric wasn't wide enough I pieced it together in three pieces so there wasn't a seam down the middle. Buttonholes at the top for the hooks and it was done.

Next time I'll use colored tape.

Then the cornice. I used 1/2" foam core board from a hobby shop and cut it to size. I never found the perfect tool. If anyone has suggestions, let me know! I tried a utility knife, an x-acto knife and a kitchen knife. The board wasn't wide enough so I pieced it together and taped with duct tape. I made a big X across the seam to reinforce.

Taping the sides on

Two, 2" pieces made the sides, which is how I attached the cornice to the walls. I duct taped the sides on

Then I stapled batting over the cornice. I wrapped the ends first and then the top and bottom, but I think you could do it either way.

Attaching the fabric was fun!

For the fabric I stapled the top and bottom, pulling taut and then the ends. The corners were a little messy from the back, but I couldn't see that being a problem.

Finished product!

I attached that brown braid with Fabri-Tak and then nailed the ends to the walls. Since it's made from foam it was really lightweight.

Before -- ugh

That was it! The condo sold quickly. I'm not saying it was because of the awesome shower curtain and cornice, but it certainly didn't hurt.

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3 of 132 questions
  • Janie Fagen
    Janie Fagen
    on Oct 20, 2020

    How did you attach it?

    • Janet
      on Oct 21, 2020

      The foam board is lightweight so she nailed it to the wall.

  • Elizabeth R Krogsdale
    Elizabeth R Krogsdale
    on Oct 20, 2020

    What’s behind the cornice? Did you fished the back?

  • T
    on Oct 21, 2020

    What if you want to change the shower curtain you have to do it all over again?

    • Donna
      on Oct 22, 2020

      Get a solid color shower curtain like one of the colors in your newly made cornice, if he cornice you make is solid color get a coordinating shower curtain

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  • Karen Taylor
    Karen Taylor
    on Oct 22, 2020

    I had an upholstery business for 25 years and you can use an electric knife to cut the foam board, that is how I cut all my foam, works really good!

  • Jeannie Ross
    Jeannie Ross
    on Nov 20, 2020

    Very pretty!!

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