Using old trim to create a valance (DIY valance)

Hi friends! We made it to Friday! Hope you have some fun plans in store for this weekend:) Maybe you will have time to make a cool vintage valance like this one….

valance (1)cv.jpg

I was struggling a bit with this window in my new office space…I really wanted to keep it as open to light as possible…but yet I also wanted to add a punch of green with some fabric. I can up with something that is still clean and open…but yet adds just the right touch of character to the room.

I rummaged through my favorite place to search for old treasures…(architectural savage, I’ve chatted before about it here) I found this fabulous piece of old fluted molding..just $14! Perfect old gray color…all I had to do was clean it up a bit and cut it to 8.5 feet to be a nice fit above the window.

We predrilled some holes on both ends.

using old trim to create a valance @cleverlyinspired (2)

 

using old trim to create a valance @cleverlyinspired (4)

To hang it up, we cut a block using a 2 by 4. Found the stud and drilled the block to the wall. After I stapled the panels to the back, we drilled the trim piece to the blocks. I placed it all the way to the ceiling to create some nice height.

using old trim to create a valance @cleverlyinspired (11)

I will chat more about how I went about making the panels soon….(pattern is Waverly Williamsburg collection: Garden Clover)

using old trim to create a valance @cleverlyinspired (6)

The tie backs are simply 1/4 yard of decorator fabric, cut in half. I folded and ironed and glued shut the seams. A bobby pin holds it in place. These panels are just for show, so no worry about opening and closing.

using old trim to create a valance @cleverlyinspired (12)

Love the fresh burst of green!! More soon….Here are the other post on this space…

valance (1)

 

Anything I missed? Ask me….

Places where I share good ideas:

BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendid, IHeartNaptime, ByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ

 

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

7 thoughts on “Using old trim to create a valance (DIY valance)

  1. Ad K.

    beautiful fabric and an amazing look. thanks for sharing your easy method, i think i could handle this myself.

  2. Julia @cuckoo4design

    I love the look too. It’s different and awesome. The fabric is gorgeous!
    Another thing what I love and I have such a hard time with is taking pictures of windows like this without the lighting getting messed up. You nailed it. What’s your secret?

    1. Tracie Post author

      Thanks!! To shoot into a window…I normally use a flash. The light will bounce back onto the window and even it out. If you use a standard 18mm-55mm lens, with flash on, adjust your flash compensation (that little number with a flash sign, dial it down to about -7 ish…and see what you think). Another handy tip is to use a tripod and lengthen your shutter speed to try to capture more “spread out light” if that makes any sense:) Also, if you have a timer on your camera…set up your setting and use the timer…this will allow you to use a reflector that you can hold to bounce the window light back into the room :)
      xo

  3. Pingback: A quick and easy tutorial for making flowers out of newspaper | I Heart Nap Time - How to Crafts, Tutorials, DIY, Homemaker

  4. Pingback: Simple no sew drapery panels

Comments are closed.