Custom Look Cornice and Shower Curtain

Biscuits & Burlap
by Biscuits & Burlap
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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  • Arline Kay Arline Kay on Jul 01, 2022

    If it will be too dark, bef. adding fabric, how about cutting out a larger rectangular hole on foam and then applying fabric, wrapping fabric around that opening - will allow more light and steam exit. Use glue that will work in humid environments.

  • Cherie Pastrana Cherie Pastrana on Jul 01, 2022

    Where's the finished picture of the counter top with the shower curtain attached. I want to see it completed.

  • DMMurphy DMMurphy on Jul 02, 2022

    Most people use a liner with their shower curtain. What material was used that keeps the cornice from being exposed to water/mold/bacteria?

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  • Karen Karen on Oct 16, 2023

    Shower curtains need to allow for air flow, steam has to escape into the rest of the room for many reasons.

  • Joye R. Foster Joye R. Foster on Oct 17, 2023

    I have used an electric knife. You might also use a jigsaw.