Monday, August 8, 2011

DIY Pelmet Box

Kids, especially boys, are not concerned with the decor of a play room (Or any room for that matter.) The content of the room is paramount.  If you are anything like me, you want every space to be aesthetically pleasing.

This weekend I followed directions from Jenny over at Little Green Notebook, on DIY pelmet boxes, to pull together the playroom.   

Here are the windows before.

The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Polo Blue.

To start, we drew half of the pelmet shape, on paper, to use as a template.  This is to ensure both sides are the same.

I bought 1 sheet of the cheapest, thinnest plywood Lowe's had.  Be sure to have them cut it in half - it's much easier to carry and work with.  

Once the design was complete we used a jigsaw to cut the pelmet box and two smaller pieces for the sides, which are about 2 1/2 inches wide.

I used liquid nails and a staple gun the attach the sides to the front panel.  

Then I used the first pelmet as a template for the second window.  I had to adjust the width by an inch and the height by 4 inches to fit in between the built-ins.  

Next, I stapled a double layer of batting to each pelmet box.  Be sure to pull it tight and smooth.  

Staple the fabric the same way.  It takes some finagling.  To attach the pelmet box to the window we stapled 2 sawtooth hangers on the back.  Then put 2 nails in the wall to hang the box on.  

(Please excuse the mess, but there was a little nugget lining up his animals while I was taking pictures)

The pelmet box between the built-ins does not have sides.  We simply nailed it into the molding.  

Check out the books on the top shelf.  It's a collection of vintage children's books from the 1920's through the 1950's.  I scored them at a thrift shop this weekend.

Here is a close up of the fabric (Uzbek Jewel).  I purchased over 2 yards on a super sale. 

Both pelmet boxes cost less than $30 to make, with fabric and a 1/2 sheet of plywood to spear.  This was a fun, quick project - the best kind!  Thanks to my mom and my husband for their help!


“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

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