12 Feb 2013

Valance Make-Under

I am calling this one a make-under instead of a makeover.   You know how on Oprah she used to take ladies who were stuck with their 80's hair and Tammy Fae Baker eye lashes and tell them that they were getting a make-under?  Make them just a little more subtle and toned down? Well, that's what happened to the valances in our bedroom.  

About 2 years ago, when I repainted the whole room navy blue, Mr. Swell made me some super simple box valances and I covered them in Ikea fabric.  They were done in exactly the same way as the valance in our kitchen.


The fabric was a little out there....but I loved it at the time.  It brought a real sense of fun to the room.  But, over time I just wasn't feelin' it anymore.  I found the valances increasingly hard to decorate around.  We also got rid of our dark wood bed frame just over 2 years ago, and bought a brand new white leather one (from Urban Barn), which totally changed the look of the room.  Also, as I have mentioned before, we are thinking of selling our house in the near future, and I figured some calmer fabric might go over better with potential buyers.

While I was at the fabric store a few months ago buying the tomato fabric for Fin's play kitchen, I spotted some heavy weight Ikat fabric in the clearance section.  I honestly can't remember how much it was....I think it was around $5/meter.  I know that I bought 3 meters for less than $20, so it was a pretty smokin' deal. 

Before we move on, let me explain why in the picture above there are only 2 valances.....

One day while we were at work and my Mother in Law was at our house watching Fin, she heard a really loud crash.  She ran upstairs thinking Fin had climbed out of her crib, but she was still napping away peacefully.  She checked our room and discovered that the valance had completely fallen off the wall and had crashed onto our bed.  (How Fin slept through that but wakes up with the creek of the top stair is beyond me....).  Anyhow, when I got home she told me this whole story and I was freaked out.  I kept thinking that if it had happened just a few hours before we would have been in the bed and it probably could have knocked one of us unconscious.


The valances weren't actually screwed into the wall.  They were sitting on L brackets, and were so tight against the ceiling that they didn't budge, so we figured all was well.  DUMB!!!  I guess one of the L brackets started to bend and the whole valance just fell right off.

I was so freaked out that I refused to put the valance back up for months.  I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep with it above me, so it was better to just leave it off.....for 6 months or so....

A couple of weekends ago I finally got the itch to change up the fabric.  I took the other 2 valances off of the wall, ripped off the old fabric and stapled on the fancy new fabric.  It's a really easy process -  basically just make sure it's straight, pull tight and staple, staple, staple.

DIY box valance with ikat fabric

Once they were all re-covered, Mr. Swel hung them.  This time with screws!  We put 2 screws in each of the L brackets into the valance.  It's hard to get a good picture of the brackets once they are up, but here's basically what they look like on the 'inside'.


They are made under, but still have some personality.  I love how they look with the navy walls, and they really brighten up the space compared to the old fabric.  I intentionally made sure that the fabric didn't repeat the same on all of the valances, so that it didn't look like stripes going across the room.

DIY box valance with ikat fabric

After hanging them up though and thinking about some art work, the bedroom just wasn't feeling right.  So, I talked really nice and convinced Mr. Swell that some furniture moving was in order.  (Notice how the bed is in a different spot from the first photo?)

DIY box valance with ikat fabric

I am still working on a few finishing touches in the bedroom and then I'll be back to show you how it looks now, new Ikat covered valances and all.  Let's just say that I'm thankful I don't have to sleep with one eye open any longer.

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fabric! Did you get it at Fabricland? Thank goodness you guys weren't in bed.

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    1. I should have mentioned that! Yes, it's from Fabricland - their clearance section. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. I like the toned down ikat fabric a lot better and it looks a lot more complementary with your wall paint color also. The other was definitely a striking pattern.

    I'm curious though - did you save the old cornice fabric so that you could use it for something else, or did you get rid of it? Just thinking it might come in handy for a project down the road that needs a bit of boldness to it.

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    1. And I meant handy for you, not me...in case that came across otherwise, LOL.

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    2. hahah! Don't worry, i totally saved it! It's sitting in my craft cupboard right now just waiting for a project. Other than a bit of dust it was in perfect condition and the pieces are even big enough for a throw pillow, if I decide to go that route one day.

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  3. Yikes, that would have been really bad if they fell on you! I have our dining table and chairs on Craigslist and I was thinking that if I can't/don't sell them then maybe I would paint the table and reupholster the chairs. I've never reupholstered chairs though!

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    1. I know, wouldn't have it? I am not scared of a lot of things but that valance just about falling on me totally freaked me out. I kept thinking of the corner of it hitting my forehead.
      Are you chairs complicated? Or are they just a pad that needs to be reupholstered? Either way, if you can't sell them I think it's worth giving it a shot! Check out Ikea for great heavy weight fabric for a decent price.

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  4. Always wanted to make some for my windows just never get around to it. This will have to go back on my diy list for this year AGAIN!

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    1. They really are pretty easy, and make a bug impact....so go ahead and put it back on :)

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  5. I really love the new look for the valances. They look great with the wall color. Can't wait to see the rest.
    melinda

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