Pelmet Box

ProjectDesignTeam This project was originally posted as a member of their project design team on the Riley Blake Design blog.


I’m so excited to show how I gave my kitchen window a make over in 20 minutes and for $5!

We’ve painted our kitchen cabinets, the walls, and replaced the light above the sink but something was still missing in here. That something happens to be the Serenata peacock fabric from Riley Blake Designs. I love the entire line, but this particular fabric makes my heart sing. In fact I had a hard time deciding which room to use it in, and have restrained myself to only using it in 2 rooms! (Maybe you remember it as the pillows in my front room in this chalk paint post.) serenata

I made a pelmet (or valance bow or cornice box or whatever you want to call it) adapted from these instructions by Little Green Notebook. SONY DSC

The supplies: batting, duct tape, stapler, foam board, and fabric. I had everything on hand except for the fabric-score! SONY DSC Using an X-atco knife, my ruler and cutting mat I cut the foam board in to the width I wanted. I went with 10 inches and then cut each piece to be 20 inches long, since I figured I needed a 40 inch long piece. In hind site, I think 12 or 13 inches wide may have been better. You’ll have to decide the size that will work best for your window.


Then duct tape the two pieces together. I’ll be honest, my husband is totally cringing at this point. First foam board, and then duct tape?!? He would have been much happier if I would have broke out the plywood and saw. But there was a reason for the madness, as you’ll see.

SONY DSC Then tape the side pieces on. Mine are 3 inches wide, and 10 inches long. Figure out how far you want it to stick out to determine your width.


After your box is together, cut the fabric to size. I figured in an extra 5 inches to wrap around the board and staple. Iron it well and place right side down.

SONY DSC Lay the batting on top of the fabric. Thicker batting will obviously give you a puffier pelmet, but this is what I had stashed in my closet.

SONY DSC Lay the pelmet on top of the batting and using a staple gun, and 1/4″ staples, pull the fabric and batting around to the back and staple. Keep stapling until you have it tight and secured.

SONY DSC Like this!


Here’s the before shot, as you can see it is in need of a little color. And the cabinets are really close to the window trim. Which is why I chose the foam board method, because I didn’t want to drill the cabinets or the trim to hang this. SONY DSC

Since the foam board is so light, I used the help of 3M Command Strip hooks to hang it. I used one on each side on the bottom for it to sit in. And then one more on each side flipped over the top. Can you see it there holding on? It worked like a charm!

SONY DSC Ahh, just what we needed! And I love that it only took 20 minutes and cost about $5!




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  1. Corrine says

    Love this idea! I’m going out to buy foam board now…and some fabric…and some duct tape and a staple gun. Okay, I may end up spending more than $5 here. ;)

  2. Maria Rodlund says

    What a great idea I have been at lost of what to place over my windows to give them some character.
    Do you just have the pelmet box sitting inside of the command hooks?

  3. Kelli D says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of using A) foamboard and B) an inverted Command hook to hang your cornice. So easy and quick. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    LOVE this idea! I do not have a saw so I always say I can’t do these kind of jobs but hello! Foam board and scissors-that I can handle. Wonder if the command hooks will still work if you aren’t putting them in between cabients?

  5. Amy Glenn says

    Just curious as to what the back side looks like? My window will be seen from back deck and want it to look some what decent. Any ideas??


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