I know I've been talking about making cornices for my windows for awhile now, but I finally finished it! I pretty much followed this tutorial from Brooke at All Things Thrifty, except she used paintable wall paper and I used batting and fabric. I also picked a lighter wood than MDF.
I had my wood cut at Home Depot. The gentleman was very helpful and I felt so grown up going in and knowing what I needed and coming out with everything to get this project going.
Here's the inside of one of the cornices. L Brackets hold two pieces together, and a simple pole pocket set holds a wooden dowel to act as a curtain rod.
Here's what it looked like before going up on the wall.
And here's a good look of how all the hardware looks once it's assembled.
I also recovered my piano bench. It had a country floral fabric on it which no longer did the room any favors. Here's a before and during shot.
Now here it is ALL DONE! It makes the room look so much better!
Here's a close up of the fabric. It's perfect!
We also took the opportunity during the redecoration phase (and a free quart of paint from ACE hardware), to paint our accent wall and bring the kitchen and living room together.
What do you think of the results? We are just in love with this room even more and can't wait to have lots of guests here to see it in the next few weeks!