Looking to add a pop to your window? Here’s how to build a cornice board to give your old windows new life. Follow these simple instructions.
I shop at Wal-Mart.
When you live in the country without stop lights and rush hour and drive-through diet cokes….Wal-Mart is considered to be one of the finest retail establishments around.
You can buy pink ball trim for your new curtains to go with your cornice boards and spray paint and material and yarn to make pom-poms and a spare tire for your car….
….all in one place.
But I never realized how attached I had become to Wal-Mart until the other day when I called my friend Laura.
I was talking a mile a minute.
I told her about the cutest earrings I just bought and how I was almost finished with the gatehouse and how white leather chairs look amazing next to an old wood table and why in the world did Kim Kardashian dye her hair blonde…..
…..and that I needed to go to Wal-Mart.
“On….you mean the Wal-Mart?” she said. “That’s what you always call it.”
I was so all about Wal-Mart that I totally gave it a “the” without even realizing it.
Its very own “the”.
You can buy everything else there…..
….maybe I picked it up an “extra article” over on aisle seven. 🙂
How to Build a Cornice Board
dry wall screws
Step 1: Cut out pieces of plywood
These measurements are for a 36” window (you can adjust for your own window).
Cut two pieces 22” x 2 3/4” (these are the side pieces for the cornice board).
Cut one piece 22” x 42” (this is the front).
Step 2: Create a template
Here’s the template I used for the cornice board.
You can adjust the measurements for your window and enlarge to use for your template.
Cut out and trace onto the large piece of plywood.
Cut out with a jigsaw.
Sand rough edges.
Step 3: Attach side pieces to the wall
Drill three holes at an angle into the side pieces.
Countersink holes so that screw head will be flush with board.
Attach side pieces to a stud in the wall with dry wall screws.
Step 4: Attach front piece
Nail front piece to side pieces with nail gun.
Step 5: Attach crown molding
Attach crown molding to top of front and sides of the cornice board with nail gun.
Caulk and paint.
Repeat for the rest of the curtains in the gatehouse and go look at those white leather chairs one more time.
I attached the curtains inside with a tension rod.
The curtains came from IKEA.
I sewed on the pink ball trim.
If you need some….just go to Tennessee….turn left….
…..and follow all the cars to the Wal-Mart. 🙂
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