I didn't take any 'before' pictures. I know!!! For shame!! But, to be honest, one day after dinner, Jay ripped a piece of chair rail off the wall to see what would happen and so the project began. And by began, I mean that the glue from the chair rail ripped off chunks of plaster leaving a strip of disaster in its wake on our very unevenly textured walls. Uh-oh. Once I fixed that problem with a bucket of joint compound, children's paint brushes, and an electric sander, it was on to the painting. Of course I wanted to paint horizontal stripes on an uneven wall. Our house has to be the most crooked house ever...if you ever drop a blueberry or bouncy ball, I know just where to look! (under the china cabinet!) The stripes turned out beautifully! BUT!!! The most exciting part of the project was my window boxes/valances/cornices...whatever you call them, these were my 'piece de resistance'!!!
You guys! Pretty much everyone thought I was crazy to tackle this project by myself without any real woodworking experience. I promise you, the guy at Home Depot tried mightily to talk me out of this project with a smile and condescending tone. He may have even given me a grandfatherly wink at one point. Since I don't take kindly to be being told that I cannot do something, I went ahead and bought all the wood and trim and headed home.
I have a whole 'nother blog post about how great my father-in-law is. He's a great resource of tools and fix-it wisdom. He came over and helped me measure correctly (as to hit the studs when hanging the box) and miter the corners at the correct angle. Plus, he bought me a whole container of water putty, which is my new favorite putty!!
Again, I didn't take pictures of the process because I had set my expectations pretty low. I knew I could do the project, I just doubted how well they would turn out. I didn't want any evidence of wasted time, wood and money (I feel like there's a joke in there somewhere). However!!! They turned out way better than I expected!
Since we were hosting a huge birthday bash this past weekend, I didn't have any time to hang stuff on the walls, but here are some pics....
My helpers!! They really did a good job!
I love these so much sometimes I just stand in the dining room and look at them.