Rustic Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

A while back when I did the Kitchen Clock Makeover I had one of my readers ask me about the sign over the window in my kitchen, all you could see was a little sliver of the sign….the word “Amen”. I created this a couple of years ago as a way to dress up my kitchen window….I couldn’t decide on a window dressing and this was such an easy DIY option that involved little commitment on my part. I also wanted to bring something that says something about what has value and meaning in our lives. So I took some old weathered wood I found under our mango tree and handpainted it with the the Grace we say.

“Bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us”

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

I promised this reader I would show her how I created this sign so she could create one for herself and I am finally following through on that promise! Not only am I going to show you how I created this but I am also doing an update on my window while I am at it!

To create one of your own the best type of wood is weathered wood. Give it a good sand down to get a smooth finish but without taking it back to raw wood. I then painted some white paint over the top and sanded this back to give it a worn distressed look. You can do this with new wood but you will not get the texture that weathered wood has.

Besides the words I actually was never really happy with the end result. I didn’t like the font I had chosen and the writing wasn’t easily visible. So I decided to give it a makeover. To get the look I achieved here you need to do a dry brush technique where you load your paintbrush with a small amount of paint and brush it lightly over the surface of your wood. I actually added quite a lot of paint to my new version but in the first attempt I used very little as there was more wood showing through.

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Once the paint was dry I sanded back some of the paint to reveal more wood and give it a more distressed look.

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

I printed my words out on paper using the font “Heart and Soul” – this time I changed the words to: Act Justly, Love Mercy, Live Humbly

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Next I used chalk to rub the back of the paper so I could transfer the outline of my letters onto the wood. This is my preferred technique for transferring lettering.

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Using some white acrylic paint I filled in the lettering. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just readable!

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

I then distressed the lettering lightly. I finished the wood with a coat of wax.

To create the valance look we attached the three lengths of wood to the window frame as this would take the weight of the wood , we just placed one screw into each end. Simple!

I FINALLY decided to dress the window and made some curtains with Ikea fabric I bought about a year ago…..you can see I never rush into anything around here, things can take years to get done, mainly because I just cannot decide what to do!

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

Colour Saturated Life | Wood Window Valance

The final result is a little whimsical and childish I suppose…..I will never do sophisticated…..it is just not in my DNA! I kind of like how it looks now but it still needs work….I am just not quite feeling the finished look, can’t quite put my finger on it? I actually think I miss the original words, my hubby misses them too so I may be redoing it again. I do like the font! We will see, it is staying like this for now.

I have to be honest and say there are a lot of things about our kitchen I don’t like, the number one thing being counter space….I have about 40cm of usable counter space…..which is NOTHING! I also hate the counter colour, the sink is old and gross, we need a dishwasher (badly), I would love to change out the tiles, we need more storage and the UGLY lighting needs replacing. I think most of the rooms in our home have a list like this…..some worse than others (the WORST being our master bedroom which currently has no flooring, no curtains and has a pile of boxes full of baby things I just can’t let go of, which is why you have not seen this room). Tell me your home is the same!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world…….

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  • Tiffany Reed - January 8, 2016 - 1:52 am

    Great solution for my windows. Question: how wide is the wood you used? Looks like 4X2?ReplyCancel

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  • lisa - September 5, 2015 - 3:05 pm

    your kitchen is beautiful!
    I was very surprised to read in the article that you were so unhappy with many aspects of your kitchen.
    I realize that I’m not in the space and seeing everything up close.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - September 10, 2015 - 9:09 am

      I think we all have things in our home we want to change and while I love my kitchen overall there are a few little things I wish I could change. Thanks for stopping by LisaReplyCancel

  • Kelli - July 30, 2015 - 5:56 am

    Gorgeous kitchen! And, yes, we have a to-do list a mild long as well for our home. 🙂 I just came across your blog and will be spending some time looking through your posts now. I’m glad I found it!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness - July 27, 2015 - 6:55 am

    Ok, I want valances like this for ALL of my windows. This is simply BEAUTIFUL, Gilly! I really love the words you added, too. Featuring this beauty on Motivational Monday tonight!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Carol @ CAD INTERIORS - July 23, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    I love both quotes, but I think the initial one is more “meal time” oriented – perfect for an area like the kitchen! The wood slats would also look great as wall decor or above a passageway. Thanks for the tip on the chalk transfer technique. Great project!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah // Charming Imperfections - July 20, 2015 - 12:31 pm

    This is the perfect solution for some of the windows in our house. I never buy something I could make, but wasn’t sure how I would make a valance.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 21, 2015 - 2:03 pm

      It is soooo easy! Which is what I love about it. Thanks for stopping by RebekahReplyCancel

  • UnderTheCat - July 15, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kimm at Reinvented - July 15, 2015 - 11:17 am

    OMG, I am in love with that valance! I especially like the rustic wood with the more modern print of the curtains. Amazing!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 16, 2015 - 2:38 pm

      Thanks Kimm, I really love the curtains too and I agree they do look good against the wood.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - July 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

    Gilly,

    That looks so great. I love the curtains you made! I can relate about my house not being picture perfect. I find it hard to do something if I’m not ” feeling” it if you know what mean. Every time I try to force creative endeavors it is a disaster!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 16, 2015 - 2:36 pm

      Thanks Sally, so good to know I am not alone in this!ReplyCancel

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