Wood Cornices Built for Revamped Kitchen

Wood Cornices Built for Revamped Kitchen

When we bought the house, the original owners left their fabric valances on the sink window, and the double window in the dining room.  They had wine bottles on them, and were cute, but just didn’t fit in with our kitchen makeover. I knew I wanted something architectural to go with the new crown molding, so this is what we came up with.

I loved the idea of having a shelf incorporated into the cornices, so I drew up a picture to show Double D. We finally decided that it should stick out three inches from the wall to allow room for the mini blinds, and hang down at least six inches to cover the mini blinds when they are up. Since we only have them down in the summer, I wanted them hidden the rest of the year. We purchased the paint grade cedar, just like with the crown molding, and Double D got to measuring.

Here is the first one taking shape.  Since this one was going to be sandwiched between the two cabinets, it didn’t need a cover piece on each end.Building cornice

To mimic the crown molding, we added a 1″x2″ board to the front. The 2″x4″ piece is what we hung the entire piece from, and also provided that 3″ spacer away from the wall.  More on that in a moment. This picture is of it laying down.Cornice for over sink

After they both were built, I got to paint them with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in French Linen, and seal the paint with the floor sealer we used for the cabinets.Cornice painted with French linen

Once they dried, it was time to hang them.  Double D attached L shaped brackets to the wall that we had left over from an IKEA project.L Bracket

We wedged the cornice in between the two cabinets, and rested the 2″x4″ onto the L bracket. From there, we were able to put a screw into the cornice to hold it. Obviously we hadn’t put the screw in yet, in this picture:)Hanging cornice

We did the same thing to the one along the dining room windows.  The only difference on this one is that there are end pieces on each side to give it a finished look, since it is not in between anything.Hanging cornices

And here it is hung up to cover the mini blinds.Cornice over Dining room window

Since it was much longer than the other one, it didn’t seem as sturdy, with only two screws holding it up.  Double D fixed that by adding another L bracket in the middle at the top.  Now it doesn’t seem like it is going to fall over.L bracket for cornice

And here they are finished and decorated.  Since there isn’t a lot of wall space in the kitchen, I’ve never really been able to decorate. I love that I can change the items on the shelves, and decorate for holidays now. I got those cute kitchen prints from The 36th Avenue as part of a free printable.Kitchen window cornice doneDining room cornice done

Who doesn’t love a good before and after?  It’s hard to believe it’s the same area.  I love how the cornice opens the window up more, and how it goes with the crown molding. The only thing I would have done differently is to use a 1″x8″ for the bottom board, just to make sure the mini blinds were covered a bit more.  Other than that, I’m happy with how they turned out:)Cornices before and after

Thanks for looking!


For more information on our kitchen revamp, see also:

Creating Craftsman Style Crown Molding for Kitchen Remodel

Using Perforated Metal for a Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Makeover on a Modest Budget

Tired Cabinets get a Facelift with Chalk Paint

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2 responses »

  1. I have seen the finished project and I love the new kitchen!! I am so happy for both of you. The kitchen is beautiful!! Very proud of both of you!

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