After posting about the cornices and pelmets recently, I couldn't stop thinking about how my bedroom windows felt a bit "undone" at the top. Enter today's project!
Here were the windows before, sans cornice:
Because there are quirks to our bedroom windows, I opted to save major time and money by using 2 tri-fold presentation foam boards (~$15 each) instead of using wood to build the cornices.
I started by taking basic measurements of the windows, deciding upon a cornice that was 12" high and extended 5" out from the wall. My curtain panels run floor-to-ceiling, so I wanted a cornice that hit the right proportions to the window without being dwarfed or oversized.
Once marked, I used my X-acto knife to make the cuts.
I also marked the foam board to know which board would go where.
I chose tri-fold boards instead of foam board sheets because tri-fold boards have built-in corners!
For added stability, I placed a short brace made from foam board at each cornice's interior corner.
With the foundation of the cornice strong, I sprayed it with adhesive spray and wrapped it in quilting batting.
My next step: stapling my fabric over the batting. I had remnants of the Roberta Roller Rabbit hand-stamped fabric that I used for the window curtains and used the last bit to cover the cornices.
I glued 3/4"-wide bias tape across the bottom of the cornice using Liquid Stitch for a decorative detail.
With the cornices constructed and covered in fabric, they were ready to be installed.
I attached 2 of these medium triangle hooks on each cornice, while Adam was kind enough to secure the cornices to the ceiling with the hooks.
The cornices are so much lighter than they'd be if they were made from wood!
Ready to see my newly-topped bedroom windows?
And an important detail shot: you can see that the fabric's pattern runs vertically on the cornice and horizontally on the curtain panels (an intentional choice on my part).
The cornices took ~$40 in supplies (foam board; batting; bias tape trim; hooks) and ~2 hours to complete.
For such an inexpensive and relatively quick project, the impact is huge!
What do you think?