Once we finished our renovation, those ugly vertical blinds just weren’t welcome anymore–I felt like they totally detracted from all of the hard work we’d put in to make this space pretty. And…I was NOT going to put one of those stupid blind pieces back in for the 1,567,000th time after being pulled out by a dog or child, so to the trash can they went and off to Lowe’s I went. It was like the DIY version of a bra burning–so liberating!
Here’s how to build your own perfect alternative to vertical blinds:
DIY WOOD CORNICE BOX:
For this project, you’ll need:
A piece of pine in your desired width, and long enough to extend past your window + the two side pieces (I bought an 8 ft length of 1×10). The more rustic, the better in my world, so I just bought the cheap stuff, but just make sure you don’t buy a piece that’s really crooked. If that’s confusing, I give a little more in depth explanation here.
L brackets (4 small (1″ W x 2.5 ” L) 2 wide (2″ W x 2.5″ L)–see picture below)
Screws (if your brackets don’t come with them), I believe mine are 1/2 inch screws
Extendable curtain rod (also see the pictures below)
Measure the length of your window, and also how far you want the box to come out from the wall. Since I was hanging mine in a bay window, I measured to just inside the corners of the wall, instead of just the length of the window. Cut one piece for the length of the widow, and two pieces for the ends coming out of the wall. Mine were 69″ and 4″. If you don’t own a saw, you can measure before you buy your wood and then have them cut it for you at the store. Also, remember that when you’re measuring out from the wall, the longer your piece, the more screws and brackets you’ll need to stabilize it. Four inches required only two, two inch L brackets. You can see where the holes were for the vertical blinds. You can hang yours lower to cover the holes (my curtains are long and I didn’t want to bother with sewing, so I hung mine a little higher) or you can just patch and paint the holes.
After the wood is cut, round off the corners and edges with the sander and stain it (I used Minwax Early American and you can find my staining 101 tutorial here). Yes, those are my hands, not a man’s–let’s just say that hand-modeling was never an option in my life.