Ever look at a perfectly good room and think….what this needs is a little bit of animal print.
Been there, done that.
I seriously might be off my rocker but I wanted to take a walk on the wild side somewhere in the vicinity of my guest room. That sounds inadvertently dirty. And I kinda like it 🙂
Just kidding mom. I’m never dirty. Neither are you. Love you I’ll shut up now.
Okay. So back to the point. I wanted to add a little pattern and color to the room and the easiest way to do that is with fabric. You can choose whatever textile strikes your fancy and throw it in there via pillows or framed art or curtains. Since I already had the wall art done in here and I have some fabric already on the docket for new throw pillows, I decided that a window treatment would be just the ticket. The guest room window has this weird bump-out and long curtains would be more awkward than an exboyfriend name tattoo. Am I right Angelina or am I right?! That is how I landed on the idea of an upholstered cornice board.
The entire thing was made out of scraps we had in our garage. Hooray hoarders!
The main piece was a 1×8 inch board cut to the length of the window opening. Then I had two pieces 1x6x12 and two L-shaped pieces that would add a little shapely interest.
I used a R3 Kreg Jig to make a pocket holes to connect the L-shaped piece.
After I had the front the way I wanted it, Jeremy attached the side pieces with screws.
It doesn’t matter if the screw head shows…it will all get covered up.
I used the last of my upholstery batting….I guess I will have to buy some more for the next project. And I have been sitting on this yellow animal print upholstery fabric FOR-EVAH so it was great to be able to finally use it. I got it at the discount fabric store for $2 a yard (the store is in Stone Mountain on East Park Place for those wondering).
I simply laid the board directly on the batting and folded it over and stapled it in place.
Doing around the little corner-y pieces was the hardest.
But soon enough I had the entire thing covered in batting and then I moved on to the fabric.
The front part got done first. I didn’t need to the outside part of the ends because that would be against the wall. I did need to do the INSIDE of the ends because that would be slightly visible.
Don’t ask me why I have upholstery cardboard strips. I have a whole ton of it. I guess I figured I would be REALLY into reupholstery one day.
To get the cleanest possible inside fold, I stapled the fabric so that it was on the backside of the fabric to where I wanted the clean edge. Then you tuck a piece of the cardboard in and fold the RIGHT side over it so that you can see that straight upholstered corner.
I know that is confusing.
But once you fold your fabric back over so that the right side is showing, it looks like a clean edge.
After everything was securely stapled and all the little frays were trimmed, Jeremy wedged it into the window nook. It took a few whacks with the mallet but finally we got it in there really tight and that sucker ain’t going nowhere. (double negative!)
Now it adds some crazy pattern to the space.
I know it isn’t for everyone but I like it. It adds just enough interest to spice things up. And I think it plays nicely with the gold starburst mirror.
And the bits of yellow on the other side of the room too…
See where it nicked up the paint where we jammed it in there? It’s super tight. I gotta do touchups too I guess.
But it definitely was cheap (aka free because I already had everything for YEARS) and it is super fun to see a splash of interest.
Now to change those bed pillows to something a little more spicy 🙂
I feel like this room is really close to completion. I need to do those pillows and the little bench in here and then I can say finito. At least until yellow zebra becomes boring. Which is pretty much never. I mean…if there is a place to get all wild and crazy…it’s definitely in a room you never go in….just as long as my guests don’t get any ideas. Maybe there should be a note. Or a photo of us awkwardly staring at the bed. Nothing negates the lure of yellow zebra like an awkward family photo. Bet you didn’t expect to read that sentence this morning 🙂 You. are. welcome.