Friday, March 1, 2013

Diy Decorative Window Cornice

 Here is our dining room, very inviting huh...
Its been our painting-craft-throw all room till now.
We created a warm neutral backdrop with subtle triple color glazed walls
and large floor tiles with marble insets.
We invested in a large french country farm table and 2 upholstered chairs.
Its a nice start....
I wanted to make a formal decorative cornice on a budget of course.

I shopped for fabric and gathered my materials:
                                *Foam core
                                *T-square ruler
                                *Glue gun
                                *Utility knife
                                *1/2 inch thick Batting
               *Brown paper in a roll ( for sketching out my design)
                                *Long screws to affix cornice to the wall
                                *2 wooden rulers to attach fabric for the side panels
We measured the window, drew a few rough drafts
and came up with an ambitious design.
I folded the brown roll paper in half, drew my pattern and began to cut.

This paper tends to curl up so out comes the phone books,
See!!!! people still do use them!

Were ready to dry fit!
Hmmm.....It's little too ambitious...
Now is the time to make alterations to your design, so back to the drawing table..

Some minor alterations and we have a winner!
As you can see from the picture below we glued a strip of foam core
to the top so we have something to attach to the wall.

I cut the batting in the same shape of the cornice and hot glued. 
I aligned the fabric so it was straight and glued some more.
 I want to buy stock in hot glue!

I used a large ruler from home depot, cut it in half and hot glued my panels pleating them as I went along.
I wanted my flanking panels to be 12 inches wide.
It doesn't have to be pretty since its being hidden by the cornice.
 I didn't take pictures of the panel installation but we attached each one with 2 screws, drilling through the wooden rulers and
pleated fabricthen affixed to the existing window casing. 

We dressed the chandelier by draping crystals throughout and
attaching them with black jewelry wire.
The picture does it no justice.
You'll just have to come over for dinner to see for yourself.

It really warms up the room. 
 This dining table centerpiece embodies the work horse that I am...
that.... and my son took this picture and wanted me to post it.
My future blogger!
We found this beautiful scroll embellishment at hobby Lobby
and attached it with picture hanging wire.

The tassels are a nice finishing touch.
 We love the finished look and are ready for guest.



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