One of the most shocking aspects about buying a home can be exploring the crazy cost of custom window treatments. I stepped in to help my newlyweds, Chelsea and Scott, with their first home's kitchen window. They wanted to keep the light, but lose the nosy neighbor next door. Our solution: a modern, custom window cornice. On a budget of $200, we designed and built a simple frame in half a day.
Measurements will vary depending on your window width. The window we're working with was 52" wide, so we cut each of our long horizontal pieces 54" to span the window molding. Because we wanted to leave plenty of light in the space, we measured and cut two vertical frame pieces each at 24". We chose not to cover the entire window to allow for more light in the kitchen. The area we covered blocks the neighbor's sight line.
With a power drill, screw the frame pieces together into a rectangle using 1 ¼” wood screws. Two screws for each of the four corners, held our project together nicely.
Pro Tip: Did you know that a 1 x 3" board isn't actually 1" x 3" in dimension? When boards are first rough sawn, they're 1 x 3" but by the time we get them, they're 3/4" x 2-1/2".
An insider secret I use on smaller projects is to have wood cuts made at a big box home improvement store. We had our plywood cut to size at 54" by 25.5".
After applying wood glue to the face of the frame, carefully place the plywood on top of your rectangle. Drill pilot holes, if desired. Then fasten the plywood to the frame with screws and apply spackle to fill in the holes.
After evaluating your budget, scope and needs, you'll be prepared to discuss realistic remodeling goals with a contractor.
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