DIY Nailhead Cornice Board Makeover. I am really loving my new house. Each step towards making it my own makes me love it that much more.
Remember when the family room walls were hunter green? It didn’t take long until we’d splashed Gray Owl on all the main walls of the house. (I still have some rooms begging for paint — we’ll get there).
It was hard for me to decide on the paint color because Gray Owl seemed to be pigment-free in comparison to the contrast already on the walls, but after searching online for Gray Painted Rooms, I felt real confident in my color choice. With the walls a nice neutral gray, I decided to change up the window treatments in the room, but why reinvent the wheel!?! The basic design fit the window perfectly.
I took off the old fabric and traced it with chalk onto a white IKEA curtain that I wasn’t using.
I was able to cover two cornice boards with the IKEA curtains. The old cornice board was wrapped in foam that still seemed in great shape so I laid the fabric over the board and used my electric staple gun to secure the fabric to the board — I tucked and stapled a whole lot in the back to keep the front and sides pretty!
When the board was completely covered with my basic white fabric from IKEA, I used a yard stick from the hardware store and marked on the fabric where I wanted to add my nail heads (I marked along the lower portion of the board, every 1.5 inches).
Using my drill and a small drill bit, I made a thin opening for where I would use a mallet on each of my nail heads — using my pencil marks as my guide. (The nail heads aren’t incredibly strong so they will bend when hammered into hard wood, a pre-drilled hole is the perfect solution).
When I had added all the nail heads and hung the Cornice Boards up — I decided I didn’t like how big they were — felt like I was prepping my windows for a Brighton Home Ad! Thankfully I had inserted each nail into a drilled hole, the large nail heads were easy to remove and the new Decotacks Upholstery Nails 3/4″ Nickel Finish were a breeze to finish the job with another hit of the mallet!
In the family room, the fireplace hugs the interior side of both windows and on the exterior sides of the window — there is very little space for window panels. I like the cornice board solution and by hanging them higher up on the wall allows these windows to let more sunlight to pour inside — something I’m totally craving as winter takes its sweet time to wrap up!
One of the things that made me fall in love with this house was all the beautiful trim — I like that my simple DIY Nailhead Cornice Board keeps the molding as the focal point! I love an easy, simple room update!!
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