A few months ago, Jeff and I began redoing the kids rooms. When they moved in with us two years ago, we quickly bought some used furniture just so they would have a place to sleep. After two years, and adoption, we knew it was time to make their rooms a bit more homey.

We had done most of the big projects, such as laying flooring and painting walls and ceilings, and only had some details left to do when I got a horrible throat and ear infection that took three weeks to go away. Needless to say, that put us way behind. So we got back to it this week and made some easy peasy rustic window valances for their windows.

It doesn’t get much easier than this, we used a 1×10 and lightly sanded it. We measured the width of the window, and added 2 1/2 inches to each side. Then we cut two 2 1/2 pieces to go behind the edges.

I stained the front and edges of the valance and only the edges of the small piece with a custom stain I made- Minwax mostly Driftwood with a little Ebony mixed in. It goes really well with the gray and brown flooring we put in their rooms.

Jeff used some small finishing nails to nail the small pieces in place from the back.

This was only to make it easier to work with. He then drilled two holes through the edges for the screws- forgot to take a pic of that step.

We brought it in and leveled it up and tapped through the holes to mark the wall. He drilled a hole and put anchors in the wall and then we attached the valance to the wall with 2 inch screws.

I love the way this came out. I may put some words or a quote on with vinyl lettering that can be removed, I haven’t decided yet. I will probably replace the blinds with curtains, but at a later date. I also may touch up the screw heads with some dark paint.

This is a quick and easy way to add a little rustic charm to a room. You could used a thinner or wider plank depending on your taste. Would also look great painted and distressed.

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