Make Draperies and a Wooden Cornice for a Shower

Tired of a ho-hum, store-bought shower curtain? Try dressing your shower with custom draperies and a wood cornice fit for a picture window.

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Attach Front Panel

Drill pocket holes into top and side pieces through to front (Image 1). Use 1 1/4-inch wood screws to attach front to top and sides through pocket holes (Image 2). Place a pair of screws about 2 inches apart every 8 inches for stability. Tip: Wood pieces can be nailed and glued together or screwed directly through one piece into another if a pocket-hole jig isn't available.

Prime and Paint Cornice and Rod

Apply primer with a 6-inch foam roller and/or a 2 1/2-inch angled sash brush to cornice and rod. Once primer is dry, apply 1-2 coats of paint in same manner. Tip: Plastic rod covers are available and can be used in lieu of paint.

Install Cornice and Hang Curtains

Install by inserting 2 1/2-inch wood screws through cornice into ceiling joists and/or wall studs (Image 1). It may be necessary to secure cornice with wall anchors or to add ceiling supports from an attic space if joists and studs aren't in the right place. Shower curtains can get pulled on, so make sure cornice is installed properly and very securely. It will not be safe if it is just screwed into drywall. Insert dowel rod into rod holder and hang shower curtains from rings (Image 2). Caulk any gaps between wall and cornice with white trim caulk and caulk gun.

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