Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wood Window Valances

Recently, we relocated and remodeled the office area in our home. You can read about it in these posts; Normalcy Office Reno in Progress and Done For Now Office Reveal  This is what the room looked like before:




We got the majority of the work out of the way and the room is functional and comfortable.


The windows had me stumped. I originally wanted wood blinds or some sort of bamboo or natural material for the texture and color. We had already purchased the standard white black-out shades and did not want to spend a ton on different blinds or shades.

I did not want to cover the entire windows in curtains. A valance of some sort seemed to be the obvious solution but I wanted it to add texture to the room. My solution was to build window boxes. I pitched the idea to Mister and he was on board. (Ha-ha, the pun was unintentional but I am leaving there for you!) It was going to cost a lot less than the other options which I am sure went a long way in convincing him.

The windows are 36 inches wide to the outside trim. We purchased six 1x4x4 boards. Each board was cut to 37 1/2 inches to allot for the the width of the wood and for the return.  That is 36" across the face of the window and 3/4" on each end for the return. (Did you know that 1" thick wood is really only 3/4"?) For the return we cut 3" pieces. We (meaning Mister) made 6 boxes like this.


Only 3 boxes got this treatment, they will be the headers, the other 3 will attach-1 each under the header
To keep the boxes square Mister ripped down 3 pieces of wood, 36" long, to sit at the back, this will also act as our hanger. We needed only three because the valances will be two boards deep, each. The bottom box does not need the hanger part.

Mister glued and used a nail gun with small brads to nail the pieces together. Immediately wipe any excess glue off as it will hinder your stain from doing its job.

One of the top pieces.


I didn't bother to heavily sand or fill holes-impatient!
Mister dry fit each valance top. Using a small drill bit he drilled through the hanger piece the hammered a nail into the top of the trim. This will hold the valance in place in lieu of L-brackets or hangers. Each window had two nails on the outer edges. And his job was done.





We numbered each board so we knew which window went with each board when all was said and done.

After the glue completely dried I went to work. I tested variations on staining techniques. The first was just a gray stain, the second was walnut stain then a layer of weathered gray, and the third was weathered gray then a layer of walnut stain.


We decided on the medium color. I stained each board with dark walnut stain I had left over from another project. After that dried I applied a coat of weathered gray. I did not bother to sand the boards first. I wanted it to look a bit weathered or beachy....and I am a lazy diy-er.



After the stained dried I applied a coat of polyurethane and allowed it to dry...sort of.


Time to assemble!

I took one top box; it has the ripped down wood keeping it square and has the holes drilled into it for hanging and one 2 sided box and lined them up using a penny at each end for a spacer. I wanted just a little space between the boards. I purchased 6 mending plates from Lowes and used self driving screws that were 5/8" long to be sure they did not pull through the front.



One in place....

And the rest and with that the office is officially, completely done....unless I think of something else to do in there.








Thanks for hanging in there with me on this one! Now, what's next?


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18 comments:

  1. I'm a lazy DIYer, too! Haha. They look so good in the space. That stain is a pretty color. Thanks for sharing at the creative circle link party!

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  2. I'm a lazy DIYer, too! Haha. They look so good in the space. That stain is a pretty color. Thanks for sharing at the creative circle link party!

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    1. Thanks, Corinna and thanks for hosting the party!

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  3. Jolena, you are so creative! I love the results of this makeover. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Hope to see you again on Friday! Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Aww! Thanks Mimi! Thank you for hosting the party and for visiting with me!

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  4. Loved it!! It is amazing how a finishing touch will make such a huge difference. I love the valances! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us at Friday Favorites! I hope you will join us again this week! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home

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    1. Hi, Christine! Thanks for stopping by and spending time with me and for hosting the party!

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  5. What a great project! It really adds a lot of dimension to the room! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you over at Simply Sweet Home!

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Jerri! I will be sure to pop over and see what else caught your eye this week!

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  6. I love that - very simple and classy! I also like how you are storing the blankets on the peg. Might have to steal that idea from you for the den...

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    1. Hi Gina! Wish I could take credit for hooks. Our home is very old and in the old days you were lucky to have a set of work clothes, a Sunday set and a coat-thus 3 hooks. They are attached to a piece of wood that is part of the original framing so we decided to leave it and,as chance would have it, it worked well for our purposes.

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  7. I love how the wood valances came out! Thank you for sharing with us at the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Your home is just lovely! :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by and spending some time with me!

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    2. Thank you for dropping by and spending some time with me!

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  8. What great tips!! This turned out so cute!

    I would love for you to share this at my Facebook Group for Recipes, Crafts, and Tips and Tricks!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I will be sure to stop over and share this post there.

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    2. Thank you, Jessica! I will be sure to stop over and share this post there.

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