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DIY valence/cornice/pelmet box

Or whatever you call it.

Slowly but surely I'm getting the final things checked off in the kitchen. We have 3 windows in the kitchen and I thankfully by mistake bought too many curtains last fall at Homegoods. I only planned on using curtains on the largest window by the table and since I'm used to curtains being sold as only 1 panel in my rush I grabbed 2 and they turned out to be sets. With that I used curtains on both the side windows. We soon realized with the early morning sun that the window above the kitchen sink needed some shade.  Thankfully I realized that the leftovers rements of hemming my curtains could be used to cover a peplum/cornice box.  You say tomato, I say tomato.

I'd fallen in love with the peplum boxes on pinterest and it looked like an easy DIY. When I started searching them, nearly all of them were made of foam board.  I quickly changed the design from foam to wood to make it more sturdy.  I originally was going to go with plywood, but as I cut through the aisle for shelving I realized that a shelf was exactly the dimensions I needed.  I found the size I needed for about $7 and fetched a very helpful employee who ended up cutting the board to the lengths I needed as well as the two sides.
I made my board about 40 inches long, so that left me 2 inches outside the window frame and the 2 extra pieces were each 4 inches which covered the depth I was looking to achieve.  We are talking that this was just a perfect fit for my window, I am horrendous at math so I am not sure how I got so lucky with it working out.
The only additional hardware needed were corner braces and mounting hangers.  There are lots of options for mounting, but I wanted something secure and flush.  We already owned a drill, electric screwdriver, and the screws that were needed for the drywall.  A staple gun was also a huge help, although a PITA.
Here I made the edge piece flush to the board and marked where my corner braces would be screwed.  Give yourself a tad of leeway here because the braces will shift when you screw them in.

I marked where the brackets would be, about 2 inches from the top, and drilled slowly to get the depth I needed.  **Alert you don't want to split your wood here so be careful!  Take your time!
This blanket was 2 fabrics sewn together.  I separated them and wrapped and stapled what I needed around my board.  It can be messy because the fabric will cover it, but just make sure it is smooth.

After the batting I repeated the process and used an X-acto knife to cut away the fabric to reveal the mounting brackets.

DIY valence/cornice/pelmet box

Tools and materials:

1 shelf  = front face board and 2 side boards
Batting (old blanket)
Staple gun
4 corner braces
2 hangers
2 dry wall screws
Drill / screwdriver
Tape measure
Curtains (Target had the length I needed)
Tension curtain rod (a heavy duty one since the curtains will be moved daily)


  1. I first measured my material again to make sure my math was correct. I then attached the 2 side boards flush with the edges of my front piece and attached them with the corner braces. *I pre-drilled my screw holes so the wood wouldn't split.
  2. I stenciled where I wanted my hanging brackets to go and drilled and notched out enough room for the screw head to fit flush. (Drill slowly to not crack the wood!)
  3. I laid down my batting. For my batting, I have about 200 baby blankets lying around so I took one with my middle son's permission and used. It was just the right size and saved me money and a trip to the craft store. I then just stapled it all around making sure it was smooth.
  4. I then covered the board and sides with my fabric, again making sure all was smooth.
  5. Drilled anchor screws to the wall, making sure they were level,  hang up box.
  6. Attach a tension rod and hang curtains   
  7. Admire your work!


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