Friday, June 17, 2011

Cornices with Fabric Coverings the Easy Way

After more than a few years, our dining area windows needed a decorative face lift, not to mention a good vacuuming of the blinds.

The husband cut some foam core board that came in a sheet that was 8 feet long and 48 inches wide.  The width of the foam board was one inch; our supplier was the local Home Depot.

After measuring the windows, four lengths of foam core board were required for placement over the windows.  We cut them in 12" x 48" pieces.

Knowing that my two finished oil paintings of birds were ready to hang, I bought coordinating fabric in a teal color, cut the fabric into pieces roughly 16" x 55" in size and pinned the fabric to the foam board backing.

The  original smaller version of those "Angry Birds" was given to our local hospice for a fund raiser, but I painted two more similar ones on gallery wrapped canvases that were 12" x 36".
So now there are four cornice boards covered in fabric over each of the four windows in the dining area.  Each is secured to the wall above the windows with a single nail that was driven through the fabric covered foam board cornice.

And then the Angry Birds were hung above the cornices.

Voila! (pictures pan from left to right)

It was an easy way to bring more color into this area by using a tiny flowered teal print fabric under the pictures and covering the cornice boards.  It also gave a more finished look to those windows without obstructing the view of the back yard foliage.


  1. Wow! What an interesting way to put your paintings up! Great pops of color.

  2. That's a really nice way to brighten up your walls!

  3. Now that is a great idea .. gives the windows a finished look, your paintings are high lighted. I never would have thought of that :))

  4. Hi Nancy
    Oh my that looks great! I love those angry birds and you've found the perfect place for them! It just works as a covering for both the windows and the wall above even though they aren't touching the window. Nice teal colour and so bright.

  5. Beautiful! Love the colors and those Angry Birds look right at home:) Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!


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