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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 (Similar Here)
- Wood stain
- Optional: Kreg Jig to make pocket holes (also one of our favorite tools!)
We had all of the scraps in the garage, so picking up the brackets made this an inexpensive 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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Lisa C. says
I really love your stained wood valance! The flat bracket idea is going to solve a problem I was having with a window treatment I am working on. Thanks for posting this! 🙂
I’m so glad this helped!! Thanks, Lisa! : )
I love this look. The wood really brings the room together! I also like how you used brackets, I would never have thought of that one.
Thanks, Megan! : ) The brackets make it easy to move around if I ever change my mind… which of course happens daily haha : )
Thank you so much! I was stumped on how to attach my wood valance to the wall!! My grandpa made me a display case years ago that hangs exactly like this…..I guess great minds think alike! I am obviously not in that category, cause I wasn’t putting two and two together! Great job!
Hello! I just made a gray wooden valence for our living room. It, for now, only has the big front piece and the two sides. Need to attach it to the wall. Would you mind taking a picture of the inside on how you attached the valence to the wall? Thanks in advance.
Hi Leslie! Of course! I’ll update the post in the next few days with a photo showing how the valance is hung. Thanks so much!
Thank you so much!
What are the size of the brackets that you used??? Thanks!! Rhonda
So random, I know…but where did you get your shower curtain?
Hi Nicole! We got it from Homegoods a couple of years ago but I see similar options there all the time! 🙂
Hi! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!! Can you tell us what type of wood you used? Thanks!
Hi Clancey! Thanks so much! We just used standard pine from Home Depot 🙂
What type of screws did you use to attach the board to the wall?
Hi Aislen! We had a stud above the window, so we used a 2″ screw to make sure it went through the brace, the drywall and the studs. If there wasn’t a stud, we would have used drywall anchors and screws 🙂 Thanks!
Hello!! This looks beautiful!! Where is your shower curtain from? Thanks!
Thanks so much Brandi! It’s from Homegoods a few years ago but I’ve seen similar versions there all the time 🙂 thanks for stopping by!
The board sizes are
They were mislabeled in the article.
Hi Hayden! Thanks so much for the note! I can confirm that the sizes in the post are correct – we used 1×12, 1×4 and 1×2 pieces of wood for our valance. If you want to use thicker/larger material as you have listed then I would use larger/more heavy duty brackets as it will be much heavier. Hope this helps!