DIY Window Cornice
A while back we created this breakfast nook on a $600 budget, and it ended up being one of our most popular makeovers! One great DIY project that came out of it was building our own window cornice to add some visual interest to the bank of windows that anchored the space. We have used this idea in several designs since and we love it for its simplicity, low cost, and adaptability.
One easy way to enhance any window is by creating a window cornice. By definition, a window cornice is an ornamental framework usually placed above a window. Originally cornices were used with the eaves on the exterior of buildings to help prevent rainwater from getting in. Fun fact for the day! However, over time and with advances in construction and technology, they have become purely decorative. Window cornices come in all shapes and sizes and can be made to fit almost any window! Here are some examples below:
Today we are going to tell you how we constructed our own window cornice box with just a few basic materials. Feel free to copy this idea!! It’s easier that you might think and will last for years to come. This project can be completed for under $100 depending on the size you want make your cornice. In this specific project we created one cornice that was large enough to cover three windows (equaling 110 inches) so it was a bit more expensive, but still quite easy.
Here’s the breakdown:
First we took measurements for the size we wanted to make the cornice and off we went to Home Depot. We purchased two pieces of wood: a 1x12x8 meaning (1 inch thick by 12 feet long by 8 inches wide) and a 2x6x8 meaning (2 inches thick by 6 inches wide by 8 feet long). The longer piece of wood would be used as the cornice frame and the other piece of wood we cut in half so we could have something to anchor to the wall and reinforce the cornice frame.
We cut 6 inches off of either end of the 12 foot wood piece and screwed the cut ends to the original piece making a 90 degree angle on each side. Now cornice frame is complete. Simple right?!
Next we created an anchor and reinforced the cornice frame with the other shorter piece of wood. You’ll have to adjust the size of the L-brackets based on the size of the cornice you’re making. We then placed the anchor wood pieces against the two end pieces on each side.
*Tip: We choose not to put the anchor wood piece flush with the top so it was guaranteed not to show.* Then we used small L-brackets to attach the two pieces of wood together from the top and the bottom. The two pictures below offer a good visual description, and you can really see the cornice starting to take shape.
After the frame was built and reinforced, we were almost done. We now had to cover the cornice. We went the easy route here. We had a left over curtain panel and the fabric was exactly what we wanted! We just cut it and staple gunned it into the cornice frame! *Tip: Make sure to pull your fabric tight and to fold the fabric under (like when you’re wrapping a present) at the corners.*
To make sure our cornice was cohesive with our desired overall look, we simply used the tie backs from the curtains we were using in the design as decorative accents for our cornice and we once again stapled them in. We also added a couple of pieces of white trim pieces on the corners of the frame to give the cornice box a more finished, polished look!
The final two steps were to find the studs and screw two 4 inch L-brackets into the wall 2 inches above the windows and placing the cornice frame on the L-brackets we had just screwed into the wall. Finally we reached up and under the cornice to attach the wall L-brackets to the anchor pieces of wood. After that, the only thing left to do was to stand back and admire our work!!!! Tah-dah!!! 🙂
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