Cornice/Pelmet Board: Easy DIY


Ever since we removed the glass shower doors in our upstairs bathroom (and replaced them with curtains) it…well…needed something. It just didn’t look finished. And the not-ugly but not-pretty curtain rod hanging out really needed to be concealed.

Enter: Cornice Board. A DIY cornice board, to boot. {score!}

Check out the before & after:

Pretty fabulous change, eh? I think so. (I can’t believe I ever lived with the “before.” Sheesh.)

The really good news is that this is a SUPER easy DIY. It’s made out of foam board, y’all. Yes, foam board. Plus, if your fabric isn’t pricey, this is a very pocketbook-friendly project, too.

Now, if you’re a recovering perfectionist like me (recovering? yeah… right) this project will take some time. That said, the transformation is definitely worth the effort.


1. Cut foam board equal to height and width of desired cornice. (My cornice needed to be very wide, so I had to use two separate pieces to achieve the desired width.)

2. If using two pieces, duck tape them together at the seam. (I added a touch of Aleene’s glue to all seams prior to taping.)

3. Cut and tape on side pieces. (The side pieces should be the same height as the front of the board; their width should be such that, when taped to the front pieces, the desired depth of the overall board is achieved.)

4. An inside angle of the attached side pieces.

5. This picture is slightly out of order (sorry!) but it shows how I first pinned the side pieces to the front piece in order to hold them steady while I taped them down.

6. Using Adhesive Spray, cover the board with two layers of batting.

7. I wrapped the first layer of batting around all the edges. To avoid bulk, however, I cut the second layer off at the edge (instead of wrapping it around).

8. Use a piece of fabric large enough to cover the entire board plus wrap around the batting on all sides.

9. Using a staple gun, wrap the board with the fabric.

10. Pay close attention to the corners, wrapping them in a tight, tidy fashion.

11. Another image showing how I wrapped and stapled.

12. Attach hanging hardware of choice. (Because these boards are super lightweight, you can use just about anything. I chose simple d-ring triangle strap picture hangers on nails, like these.)

Then, simply, hang and admire!

So, what do you think? Entirely do-able, right?

I’m very happy…until I decide to change the bathroom color scheme, that is.


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