I just love cornice boards whether they are fabric or wood. They are tailored and structured, but can also have style and flair and be customized to any style.
We just finished a game room installation in Rockwall, TX where we had two wooden cornices custom built by a our carpenter, but with just some basic knowledge of tools and wood, you could make one easily.
The cornice was then painted with Sherwin Williams’ Tango Orange, SW6649, and then washed lightly with a brown glaze. They were nice like that, but we wanted to punch up the design a bit with added nail heads in an “X” design. The style of the room is we fondly call Rustic Chic.
We started with some basic supplies:
Wax Paper (I had sheets at home, but a roll would work too)
Blue Painter’s Tape
Pencil & Paper
Punch (like an ice pick to make the holes transfer through the pattern onto the wood)
Hammer (with a rubber head)
Nail Heads & a holder (white tool below)
Then we got started…
First, we laid out the wax paper and taped it together. We then taped it to the cornice board to keep it in place. Our cornice board is basically a flat U shape with molding added to the top and bottom. We were only going to be applying nail head to the flat section in between the 2 pieces of molding.
Second, we started measuring out where we wanted to design with straight lines. Then we measured the spacing on the straight line by making little marks across the straight line – giving us the perfect “X” marks the punch for the nail head. Honestly, this took longer than adding the actual nail head. We were careful to make sure that once we had the design that it was centered left to right and top to bottom.
Once we had it perfect, we added blue tape to the back side where the design would be so that as we punched through it numerous times, it wouldn’t tear.
Fourth, we ended up with this and we started punching away. A punch is an ice pick like tool that makes a small starter hole and it makes it really easy to install the nail heads.
After we pulled the pattern off, we had small holes for our designs on the cornice, so our last step was to start tapping in our nail head with a hammer with a rubber head. I didn’t want to purchase a special hammer for this project, so we took a rubber jar opener and rubber banded it to the head. Worked like a charm!!!
Here is one of our finished cornices! The other was 3 times as wide, so we just used the pattern 3 more times.
You could use this same pattern technique on furniture too! Just use your creativity.