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DIY Cornice Board, Part 2

The cornice board is done! Although I posted Part 1 over a week ago, it only took us one night to actually complete it. Here are a few lessons I learned along the way and some pics of our finished product.

1) Folding the corner fabric is TOUGH. If you decide to tackle this project, be prepared for a wee bit o’ corner frustration. It took us several attempts to get them just right.

2) Sweet treats are a necessity to have on hand. I consumed about a half dozen chocolate chip cookies and several Hershey’s hugs throughout the night.

3) My husband is better at arts and crafts than I am. Although I accused him of hijacking my project several times, I secretly wanted him to take over because I knew he’d do a better job than I would. I’m kind of an act-now-think-later craft-er (and life-r) and Keith is more, let’s talk about this, let’s measure everything out super-duper carefully, and really make sure we’re following the directions. We’re textbook yin and yang, a concept that works well in our relationship and Pinterest projects.

4) Aaaaaand, Olive is scared of the staple gun.

Here we go…

Cornice board pinewood, about 8′ long. We had the board trimmed at Home Depot, and secured the 2 extra pieces on each side with clamps, wood glue, and screws. We also secured 1 piece to the top for added support.

Olive the gummy bear, keeping her distance. 

Next, we laid out the fabric batting and trimmed it to size. After it was trimmed, we flipped over the board and stapled the batting into place.

After the batting was secured, we laid out our fabric and trimmed that to size, too (it’s a pale, sheer lavender – isn’t it pretty?!). We knew the fabric wouldn’t be long enough to cover the entire board, but we made sure it was wide enough to cut out the side pieces. I didn’t like the idea of seams, but they were unavoidable. And when it finished, I actually really liked the seamed, polished look.

Flipped it. Stapled it.

Olive continued to look on from afar.

All finished! We were worried we would need to iron the fabric once it was secured to the board, but discovered that as long as you pull it taut on either side before stapling, the result is a smooth, bump-free board.

Ta-da! The picture is a little dark and a little crooked, but I’ll get a nice one uploaded with some pics of the rest of our nursery later this month. Thanks again, Pinterest! Oh, and if you’re looking for the actual link we followed for the project, you can find it here.


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