Remember our bathroom reno from last years One Room Challenge? Today we’re going to talk about that wood valance we made for the reveal! It’s another very easy build that took no time at all, but makes a fun statement as an alternative to curtains or a standard fabric valance.
All we used was:
- 1×12 board (cut to the width of the window + 4″)
- two 1×4 pieces cut to 11 1/4″
- two 1x2s cut to the width of the 1×12, minus 1 1/2″
- two small flat brackets
- wood stain
We had all of the scraps in the garage, so picking up the brackets made this about a $2 project!
First we cut all of the pieces to match the above, and then added pocket holes into one edge of the 1x4s (we did three- top, middle and bottom) and both ends of one side of one of the 1×2’s.
We screwed those 1×4’s into the edges of the 1×12 like so, and then grabbed the prepped 1×2, which was screwed to the top of the 1×4’s in the back. The whole piece then got stained, including the 2nd 1×2. We picked Minwax’s Dark Walnut to match other elements of the room.
After that dried, we screwed the remaining 1×2 into the wall, resting it right above the window trim, and added the two flat brackets. There’s likely a stud to drill into right above most windows (depending on how high your trim goes), but drywall anchors can be used if not!
After that, all we had to do was lift the valance into place, and it rests perfectly on the wall brace while the flat brackets keep it from going anywhere.
And that was it! Would you add one in your home? Besides the vanity and tile, this is actually what we get compliments on the most, and I love how easy it was to put together! We live up on a hill with woods surrounding our house aka lots of privacy, but if you’d like your neighbors to mind their own business, blinds could easily be added and hidden up under the valance when not in use. Or maybe some cute window length curtains? There’s no limit to whatever makes your heart go pitter patter : )
Next up… the vanity transformation in this room! That should be up next week, so make sure to add your email if you’d like to follow along : )
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