I didn’t design these, of course.  But I had been thinking of what to do for the kitchen/breakfast area for way too long a time.

Finally the vision of using cornices in there popped into my head.  

At first I thought padded cornices, but I think those are fine but are not the crisp look I wanted.  So, wood cornices painted to match the wood trim in the house it would have to be.

I contacted Newell, the owner of Bald Furniture here in the Houston area and he was, fortunately for me, keen on the idea.  I gave him my measurements and he quickly gave me a very reasonable quote.  I went into his shop and finalized the transaction.  He said he doesn’t paint them as he only stains his furniture there.  I said I’d paint them as I was going to apply wood appliqués anyways.

I am SO pleased the way these turned out!    I sort of dry-brushed these so the paint would be thin enough for the grain to show through just a little.  I didn’t want to “antique” them as I didn’t think it would work for the area.

These are pretty huge.  One is 9 feet long and the other is 8 1/2 feet long!

Now to wait for the curtains to arrive and someone (maybe me) to hang all these things.


Just one more puzzle piece almost done in my decor rampage.

I shared this on French Country Cottage’s “Feathered Nest Friday”.  Thank you so much for hosting such a lovely party where we can share our work and ideas!

Linky back to the party!:


Lovingly ~~ D


9 responses »

  1. creativehomeexpressions says:

    Great looking cornices, Dawne! I’ll look forward to seeing them in place in your kitchen. Love the embellishment on them!

  2. These cornices are unbelievable. Just gorgeous.


  3. I love the cornices. I have been looking for the same scrolls to put on my furniture. You can view my chest of drawers on my blog that I wanted to decorate with this scroll. http://cassandrashomeelegance.wordpress.com/

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