Foam molding is a great way to create window valances that are affordable and easy to make. Window valances look best when they are paired with curtains or blinds, but they can also be used alone as well. They are usually used to cover window treatment rods or any other hardware that is used for window treatments. Often they are made from wood or cloth, but foam molding is another way to archive the same look without the cost.
Below are the instructions on how to use foam molding to create window valances.
Step 1 - Measure
Before you even begin to cut and attach foam molding as window valances, write down the width and length of each rod. Add two inches for each rod in both length and width. Otherwise it might come out looking funny or not fully covering the whole rod.
Step 2 - Make Your Purchases
Now that you know how much you need for each window, then you can buy the supplies you will need. It is a good idea to buy a little bit more foam molding than you need. That way if you make mistakes, you have extra an to spare. Also it is a good idea to keep some on hand for quick repairs, if in case one breaks off or falls in the future.
Step 3 - Cut and Fit The Foam Molding
Once you have the foam molding, you can use the miter box to start cutting the angles on the foam molding. Make sure to form corners after you cut the desired length and width. Keep extra pieces of foam molding handy if in case of mistakes during this step. Remember that it does not have to be exactly perfect, just aim for the best.
Step 4 - Attach To Wall
After cutting the foam molding and getting as close to perfect as you can, it will be ready to attach. Since foam molding is light weight, you can use super glue or some other type of strong adhesive. If you can, buy the strongest type that you can find or even use caulking to attach it. Be sure to follow any instructions that they give you on the back, including any safety precautions. You may have to press down or hold the foam molding in place for a few minutes after attaching it. When applying the adhesive, make sure to cover the whole area that will be attached to the wall and wipe any away excess that may seep out on the sides.
Step 5 - Paint
If you wish to paint or use a stain on the foam molding, do it after the adhesive dries, and try not to paint harshly on it the foam molding. Also check and make sure that no paint seeps between the valance and the wall.