Rustic DIY Window Valance

Whip up this Rustic DIY Window Valance in just minutes!

Who doesn’t have a window in their home that could use a little love? Maybe a little something to dress things up a bit, add some interest. Or perhaps you’ve got some ugly hardware from those window coverings hanging out that could use a little camouflage.

Our problem was a little of both you see.

As much as I’d like to tell you that we have beautiful curtains hanging in every window of our home from perfectly lovely hardware that I’m happy to show off, fact is, I’d be lying. After moving into our new (to us) home (take the tour here), most of windows have been haphazardly covered with whatever we could pull together while we work our way through house updates, one room at a time.

The first room we chose to tackle was this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom as part of the One Room Challenge. I would have loved to add some curtains to the space with a super fun woodsy print, buuuuut, I know my son and I know what kind of toy a three year old boy can turn perfect little curtains into. So instead, I settled for this blind from IKEA. The colour, the blackout capabilities & it’s minimalistic design made it a perfect match for the space in every way, well every way except one that is – unfortunately, the mounting hardware was pretty awful. Terribly ugly really. In fact, as soon as we had it hung on the wall, I knew we were going to have to do something about it.

Enter this lovely DIY Rustic Window Valance!

You'll never believe how simple it is to whip up this perfectly rustic DIY Window Valance in just minutes!

Not only does it hide that unsightly hardware, but it totally adds to that rustic cabin theme we’d been looking to pull into this room!

Here’s how we made it:

one. We started by cutting three 1×4 boards to size. These will stack together to make the front of our valance. We made the boards a few inches longer than our blind to make sure that everything would be covered.

two. Cut the sides. You’ll want to measure how far your window covering sticks out from the wall, then cut each side to be about an inch longer. You’ll need six of these pieces in total, one to attach to each end of your three boards for the front.

three. Screw or nail the shorter side boards to the backs of each end on your long front boards creating three separate valance shapes.

Rustic DIY Window Valance | making it in the mountains

four. Attach them all together by screwing or nailing them into a piece of wood running along the inside corners on both sides. *I totally forgot to snap a picture of this part, but hopefully you can get an idea from the mounting photo in step six!*

five. Stain. We chose the Early American colour from Minwax (*affiliate link – for more information read our disclosure policy).

six. To mount it on the wall, we first mounted two small pieces of 1×4 to the wall that would fall just to the inside of each end of the valance. Then, we simply screwed in through the sides of the valance into our already mounted pieces of wood.

Rustic DIY Window Valance | making it in the mountains

Rustic DIY Window Valance | making it in the mountains

That’s it my friends! It literally took us just minutes to whip up and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! It really does add to that rustic look we were going for in the space!

42 One Room Challenge Rustic Boy's Bedroom  making it in the mountains

Check out how perfectly it fits the space in our new Rustic Big Boy Bedroom!

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

You might also want to check out the Rustic DIY Pallet Art I made for the space.

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

Or, our pride and joy – this DIY Plank Wall complete with a Weathered Barnwood Finish!

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

Considering this was our very first total room makeover, we’re pretty darn proud of how everything came together! You can read more about our One Room Challenge adventures here if you’d like.

And don’t miss these other fun DIY projects we put together for this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom as well! I’ll be sure to update this list as new tutorials are posted:

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

PS. You can find me sharing here and Savvy Southern Style.

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29 thoughts on “Rustic DIY Window Valance

  1. So brilliant! It’s the perfect finishing touch to the window and I just love how well it pairs with your plank wall! Carson definitely has a seriously awesome room!

  2. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  3. The window valance is just perfect! What a clever idea Kristi, nicely done! I really like how your little boy’s rustic room came together. Thanks for sharing at TALENTED TUESDAY link party.

  4. This is a great addition and match to the plank wall. Any little boy would love this for their room. Plus I love your rustic wall art you made. It is just too cute too. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Motivational Monday link party. Have a great weekend!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

    1. Awwww, thank you SO much for your sweet comment Bethany! It really was the perfect way to hide that ugly hardware from the blind and keep true to the rustic look we were going for! Wishing you a wonderful weekend too!

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