DIY: Create Your Own Upholstered Cornice

Cornice HdrWe have some hideous drywall in the flip house.  We replaced most of it, but in the kitchen around the kitchen cabinets and windows, we left what was there in place.  So, to hide the serious flaws, I made some cornices to go along with our theme of white and gray.

These are very easy (and cheap) to make!

Here’s what you’ll need

  1. 1×8 board (I got an 8 foot one because I was making 2 cornices)
  2. Kreg Jig or other countersink screw (a nail gun would also work)
  3. Batting
  4. Material to cover your cornice
  5. Industrial stapler

Step 1 – Measure the window.

My window did not have any trim, so it was 27.25″ wide.  I know that around the window frame there is a stud and I want the cornice to be anchored into that, so, I added an extra inch and a half to my measurement.  I decided as well that my cornice should come out from the wall 3.5″.  So here are my cut plans.


Step 2 – Measure the board and make the cuts.


measure cornice

One thing I rely on every time I am measuring to make cuts is my square.  Please… get one!  I don’t know what I did before having this.  It allows you to make one mark, hook the square on the wood and ensure that your lines are straight and even.


Ok, now just line up your pencil line with the saw blade (or with the laser guide on your saw).

cornice saw

Step 3 – Drill your pocket holes and attach.

You can see here how the boards will come together.


I used my new Kreg Jig K5 to drill pocket holes in the two smaller sides.  When the screws are inserted in, they’ll go right in to the holes then attach to the main board below.

kreg jig cornice

Photo Nov 26, 2 53 06 PM

Step 4 – Wrap and Staple Batting & Fabric

The last step before hanging is to lay out your fabric, then your batting, then your cornice (on top of the batting).  You are basically going to wrap the batting and fabric around the cornice like wrapping paper around a present.  As you go, you’ll pull it tight, REALLY tight, then just staple to the back of the cornice.  Pay special attention around corners, you can tuck and secure (like the corners of a present).

staple cornice

TMI Alert:  Ok, this is probably WAY more than you ever cared about knowing, but I’m out to help you lovely peeps…  Don’t try to brace the cornice with your body and staple.  I held the cornice with my left hand up against my chest, then tried to staple with my right hand and got a nasty boob injury.  I screamed like I was dying and may have blacked out.  

Save the ta-tas and just lay it flat and staple on a table.  You’re welcome.

cornice complete

Step 5 – Hang it up!

You can hang these a few different ways.  You could attach L-brackets to the cornice and then screw it to the wall. That would be a very easy way, just remember on your measurements for your wood cuts to account for the space needed for your brackets.  I used my Kreg Jig and created an angled hole in the top of the cornice so it would go right through the top of the 3.5″ piece and into the stud around the window.

Here’s the final product!

cornice close

Cornice hung


What I learned or would do different:

This was a very easy project and I think it really makes the windows in the kitchen look great.  If I had to do it over, I would have used a 10″ or 12″  wide board instead of 8″.  I think that would give it a better look all around.  As it stands though, I am very happy with how it turned out.


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