Faux sounds so much better than fake, right? Ha. Either way you put it, our new kitchen valences definitely fall under the “cheap and easy” category.
I’ve long admired the crisp, clean look of a cornice valence.
There are clearly lots of ways to skin this cat…
After seeing pictures of foam valences on good old Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at it. The burlap covering the bottom half of our kitchen windows was looking pretty bedraggled, plus I wanted to enjoy the view from our new windows (we finally replaced the old ones—two of which were broken). *I didn’t follow this exact tutorial, but after reading through it, I think I like their process better than mine. Both will work, so go with whatever works best for you.*
This was one of those projects that really should not have taken very long, but we dragged it out for months by completing it in miniscule steps. Here was our basic process:
1. Measure windows—be sure to also figure out how far you want your valences to stick out from the wall
2. Choose fabric (this always takes me forever, since I want to find a good deal on quality fabric that I’ll like for awhile) *I found that upholstery fabric worked well for this project, as it’s weightier and covers up imperfections*
3. Cut foam board to size with an Exacto knife (To cover three windows, I used 2 pieces of foam board that I picked up at Michael’s for 50% off—I used the thinner foam board, but if I were doing this again, I think I would use the thicker board for a more professional, sturdy look); use packing tape to piece foam board together if you need to make it longer *I did not worry about perfectly straight cuts, as the batting and fabric hid many of the imperfections*
4. Cut and add wood blocks to the top of foam board (this will be the part that securely hangs on the wall above your window trim)
5. Cover valence with batting—I stapled it to the foam board using 1/4 inch staples
6. Cover batting with fabric—again, I used 1/4 inch staples *Be sure to pull batting and fabric as tight as possible to avoid saggy valences*
7. Hang cornice valence and enjoy the view!
I’m considering adding some trim for interest and the feeling of dimension, but I’m not rushing into anything yet. If I do add trim, I’ll just iron it on using iron-on bonding tape. Overall, I’m happy with the end result. Our kitchen feels much more finished now.