DIY Stenciled Cornice Board


This project came about from the death of another DIY.  When we originally planned to build our hutch, the design intent was to have a lovely stenciled back panel.  While the hutch went unbuilt, the back panel had been meticulously stenciled & was ready to go.  I was so proud of my first stenciling attempt.  

When we found our now finished hutch on the side of the road, we decided to keep the mirror back.  Therefore, this sad piece of plywood remained.  Just leaning in the corner of our small kitchen.  I couldn't let all my stenciling go to waste.... I had planned a tutorial & everything.  

Luckily, I had stenciled onto a drop cloth & then wrapped the plywood.  So I just pulled the cloth off & had the hubs assemble our Cornice out of the original plywood & wood scraps.  It didn't have to look too pretty as it would be covered with my lovely stenciled fabric.  (The hubs is getting really quick with a jigsaw!!)


I then laid out my fabric, centered my pattern & started stapling.


I used a lot of the same techniques as I did with our headboard tutorial { seen here }.  & yes... I realize this cornice board is virtually our headboard in reverse.  Pattern, color, shape & all.  Not intentional, but I guess that means I really like it.  At least that's what I'm going with.


Once all my staples were in, I realized that the interior side panels would be visible once it was hung so I got to thinking...  I grabbed an extra scrap of fabric (not having to worry about matching any patterns) placed it face down & stapled into the inside corner.


I then pulled it up neatly & stapled it into the edge that would be against the wall.  Problem solved.


Nice & Neat.


My favorite part is that the cornice board becomes a frame of sorts to showcase my favorite pendant.


While not the original plan, I feel like this was the inevitable fate of my first stenciled attempt.  It just seems right.




26 comments:

  1. This post just proves your genius status to me.

    Brava!

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous - what a fantastic job!

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  3. That is one fab cornice! I used to think I didn't like cornices, but after seeing yours, you have completely changed my mind! Gorgeous!!!

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  4. love it!!! I've always wanted a window to make my own curvy cornice board. great stenciling work too!

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  5. Ummm, I love it! Will you do a post on how you painted it and with what materials?

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    1. Unfortunately I painted this nearly a year ago!!! But all I did was use adhesive spray mount to mount a cloth drop cloth to the plywood & I painted it using leftover white latex eggshell wall paint. Couldn't have been easier!

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    2. Wow! I must tell you... this post nearly brought tears to my eyes... In a good way of course, giving me some inspiration! I found you on pinterest & I LOVE the window cornice you built. I am so lost in a house we bought nearly 2 years ago that needed to be pretty much gutted. Almost all we wanted to do got put on hold due to a few very costly unknown, immediate attention required mishaps (like a 90ft/3ft wide tree sliding toward our house, $2200, termites found-$6K & my poor dad working as our contractor in a horrific accident with a skill saw at our house, insurance covered 4 hour surgery but def. all put me in a downward spiral to give up) Sorry for the sob story & as that's only part of it, I'm now determined to get my excitement back & attempt to like this house! You have inspired me to start, no kidding! I am not a DIY girl but with our fix up funds low, I will learn right? :) Do you ever consider selling your stencils (like the one you painted on the drop cloth) or cornice boards? Or even consulting for advice? My kitchen has 3 odd windows & yours is the first I have seen that would work for our space & that I actually love! If not, I understand & would still love if you shared what stencil for the fabric & what gray u may have used for the back ground. Im so excited to have found your beautiful & inspirational blog, & I'm going to def. follow your feed! Thank you thank you!!!

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  6. i love this. as usual.

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  7. Looks great! Love the shape too!

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  8. gahhh this is gorgeous! love the gray and the pattern!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors, pattern, all of it. Great job!

    Pat

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  10. It looks fabulous. I love that you were creative with what you had! And I still love your pendant... so beautiful and brilliant!

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  11. This is so pretty. I love the trellis pattern--my fave.

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  12. i love this, it will be perfect for my kitchen and laundry room!!!! Thanks for the idea, it is wonderful!

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  13. Lovely job but you should've wrapped the wood with cotton batting or poly batting before stapling your fabric to the wood. Wood is tough on fabric edges and while it won't be sat on, I don't know what long term effect it will have on your beautiful work.

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    1. I intentionally left out the batting after trying this process before & not being happy with the results. Had I been using a more delicate fabric I may have considered it again with some modifications. The drop cloth is really durable though. Thank you so much for your suggestion.
      -K

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  14. You always come up with the BEST ways to repurpose!! I love it!

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  15. Wauw, that looks so great!

    http://essieslifestyle.blogspot.nl/

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  16. So fun! What kind of material did you use, and also what is the color of the paint?

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    1. I used a drop cloth & leftover latex paint.

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  17. What brand of black paint did you use for the window?

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    1. It was Rustoleum Front Door Paint... Hard to find, but worth the hunt.

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  18. Gorgeous! I have a naked inset kitchen window, and have been toying with faux shades, roman, etc...love the cornice mounted high and outside the window...i think exactly what I need! How is actually attached to the walls? (yes, I'm all up in your blog this morning!)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I always love feedback on what my lovely readers { like you } are thinking. Feel free to ask any questions or you can always email me at thehuntedinterior@gmail.com

K

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