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An architectural window valance can breathe new life into a tired room.
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Have you got boring and uninteresting windows that add nothing to the decor in your home? Well check this out. How about building a custom wooden valance with less than $100 in half a day? Give it a go.
Now the window at the moment is tired and it kind of doesn't really fit into this room. We need to put some architectural detail in here that's not going to stand out on its own, but it's going to enhance the other pieces that are already in place. Now valances can be made out of several different materials, wood, canvas, steel, anything you can get your hands on. Now, today we're going to build it out of poplar. I'm going to build this valance in three pieces, we'll have a face in two returns, then I'll dress it up with some architectural details.
That is phase one, that's actual base that's going to attach up on the wall. When choosing the molding for a valance, it's very important to get the scale right. We're going to dress it up with a beautiful crown molding on the top and a nice little molding on the bottom. You want it to be spread out throughout the room with architectural detail. So pick something that really works well with the rest of the furnishing in the room.
Look at that, little bit of detail is all the difference. Now this is a great way of breathing new life into an old window. Some of the timber is still raw, so the good thing about that is I'm going to take advantage, pudding over holes, then come along with a little bit of under coat and then a top coat. I love the fact that the white is so dramatic.
Now the homeowners have got a lot of nice deep rich colors in that room and this white is going to pop like the 4th of July. Okay now, that's the coat of paint on there. I'm going to leave it in the Sun, let it dry, go in the garage, bang out the other one, and I'll tell you what will have these both installed well within our time limit and our budget.
I'm about to change this window's life forever. I mean, have a look at that, she is gorgeous. So, I'm going to directly attach the valance to old window casing with a nail gun. Now if you wanted to attach your valance with an L bracket, go right ahead. The only thing that's going to do is cost you a little bit more money and direct nailing them is just as good.
This room was lacking in character, now it has a great detail. These valances really give the room symmetry and great balance. Guess what? These cost $35 each. That's right, $70 in half a day, I think you should try doing this at home.
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