HIGH STYLE : low budget — Industrial Wooden Valance

by Laura on March 12, 2013

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

I wanted to start a new little series here. Since we are remodeling our ENTIRE house, any decorating I do has to be on a low low budget. I still want it to have a high style look though. So I’m going to share my little sprucing up,  decorating ideas that I’ve come up with!!

high style low budget design

{thats super catchy right}

Our first Design is the : Industrial Wooden Valance

I featured this last week over at The Golden Sycamore, go check out Allison over there!!

inDUSTRIAL wOODEN vALANCE, metal, wood, eclectic

Okay none of my windows have curtains or any other window treatment! I have curtain anxiety I think. I wanted something over the bathroom window, but I was not in the mood to sew anything, and I don’t really dig a fabric valance. Luckily we have lottsa scrap wood from building our kitchen cabinets,

= this project was almost $ free!

I must give complete credit to MM {the hubby },  I drew up my design, and he far exceeded in building it. He made nifty brackets so that the valance easily detaches from the window, so no screwing into the wall directly!! He made these brackets from 2 “L” brackets. They are bent upwards, making a “u” shape.

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Materials Used:

1/4 PureBond Plywood from Home Depot {formaldehyde free}

1×2 shim wood { length will depend on your window}

4 “L” brackets, I found these in the roofing section for $  .56 each.

2 “L” brackets used for the top of window to hold the valance.

Dark Walnut Wood Stain {my favorite}

Wood Filler

Nail Gun {ours is from Harbor Freight} & finishing nails.

white paint {for stencil}

cardboard or cardstock paper {for stencil}

TOTAL COST :    $2.24

everything was recycled and re-used except the metal “L”brackets!!

How To Build a Wooden Valence:

1.Mark built a simple box that fit around the window, it extended approx 2 inches to either side of the window. The depth of the box was 1   3/4″.

He attached an additional piece to the top back, that would sit directly into the metal brackets.

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

2. Attach the 1/4″ plywood to the top, sides and front. Leaving the bottom open so the blinds wouldn’t get in the way. These were nailed in with gun.

3. Use wood filler for all the adjoining seams.

4. Apply “L” brackets to edges. {Instant Industrial Look}

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

5. Stain with Dark Walnut {my favorite}

6. Make Stencil !! – I used scrap cardboard and cut out an oval shape. I then traced with a pencil around the oval shape approx every 3 inches, to create the overlapping effect. I then painted over the lines with white paint.

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

7. I gently sanded over the entire area to give it a slightly distressed look, and soften the paint lines

This little project is completely customizable to your window! This took a total time of about 2hours. When we build the second one Im sure it would go faster, since we have a set plan now.

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

Industrial & Eclectic Wooden Valance from LIFE WE LIVE 4, DIY tutorial for curtain alternatives

inDUSTRIAL wOODEN vALANCE

Im so excited for our High:low Projects! Next up…..Subway Tile! oooooooh

high style low budget design

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Shelby Neichoy March 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I LOVE this!!! I am totally doing it in our new house. Thanks for the DIY!

Laura March 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Thank you!! Why didn’t I think of this sooner!! Can’t wait to see yours 😉

Ashley @ Simply Designing March 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

This is really fun!! What a great (nearly) free project!!
Ashley

Laura March 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you so much for the sweet comment! Hopefully the hubs will crank out some more for me :)

Susan @ SunflowerHugs.blogspot.com March 14, 2013 at 6:51 am

This is such a great idea. I love the “L” brackets.

Laura March 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thank you Susan! Can’t wait to check out your blog!

Megin March 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

How cool! I love it. Your “logo” is nice, too!
Visiting from Flaunt it Friday. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
http://www.vmg206.blogspot.com

Lauren March 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Very cool. I have never seen anything like this. Great job. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.

http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tuesday-link-party-10.html

Kerry March 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

This is reeeally creative and gorgeous! I’m in awe!

Laura March 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

thank you so much Kerry! please come back soon!

Christine March 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

You are toooooo AMAZING!! How awesome is that! LOVE IT!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

Laura March 21, 2013 at 7:40 am

Thank you Christine! Cant wait to come back

Christine March 19, 2013 at 4:06 am

CONGRATS!!!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!!
http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-58/

Don’t forget to swing by this evening to link up again to From Dream To Reality!

Karen March 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Laura, this is the coolest project! I am sharing at my party today, and will make an announcement too about my new Party friend. Thanks so much for sharing, I love this!

Shazia Ashraf September 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Brackets would work inside too, right? If we weren’t going for such an industrial look?

Laura December 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

yes!!

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