Slipcover Basics Video
Upholstered Cornice Video
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Elegant Upholstered Cornice -
If you would rather finish
the board with gimp or a decorative cord, you can use a fabric
glue to hold it into place. An occasional light stapling will
help to hold it in place until the glue dries. Gimp can be used
along the front edge instead of the bottom as well. Tassels,
or other decorative trim can be tacked through in an inconspicuous
Judy staples the welt edge into the bottom edge of the cornice.
She starts at one of the back corners. She opens a couple of
inches of the welt cover and snips the welt cord back. This leaves
a lead to tack into the inside of the side piece, so that the
cord starts right at the outside corner. You'll see now that
the profile is smoothed out completely and that the rough plywood
that we started with looks as good as if it were sculpted.
after snipping the welt cord back to finish even with the end,
she folds the end back under the corner and tacks into the side
away from the edges. This will be covered with the lining.
the welt tacked securely all around the bottom, Judy overfolds
the covering strip that she sewed on and tacks it away from the
edge. This may need a bit of pleating around a curve like this
and a bit of stretching around inside curves. It's not that fussy
as long as the edge appears neat and you staple away from the
Judy rough cuts and lays in
the lining. She leaves enough extra around all of the edges so
that she can fold the edges under to finish it. She uses a drapery
lining and staples it around the square edges first. Then she
trims around the outside, leaving an inch or so to tuck back
snips along the profile to give an even appearance. She folds
this under, leaving the lining a bit away from the edge and carefully
staples the lining down to present a nice, even edge. Since this
is inside the cornice, the staples are to keep the lining from
showing. The white lining will tend to reflect any light, giving
the window a brighter look. For a more subdued look, you might
try a darker lining.
Here is the finished
cornice. Judy will mount the finished board with L brackets screwed
into the header (a horizontal member above windows or doors that
transfers the load of the house around the window).
Judy usually mounts the
L portion about 5-6" above the window and sits the top of
the cornice down onto them. Again, this is something you'll have
to experiment with. Have someone hold it into place and stand
back. If you're doing several cornices, make sure that the height
you like works for all of them. To finish, screw up through the
L bracket (an awl will start the hole and will help not to twist
the lining) into the underside of the cornice top.
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