French Country Wooden Valance {Master Bedroom Makeover}

*Sigh*  You know any post beginning with a sigh has to be good.  No exception here.  The star of this movie is a little French Country wooden valance who started life as an ugly duckling…and turned into….

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

This story, like all good stories,  is filled with betrayal, the kindness of a stranger, redemption, and a happily ever after.  Our movie star had humble beginnings.  In fact, for the most part, she was in pieces hanging around Home Depot just waiting to be discovered.  Surely, someone could spot her potential and let her dream come to life.  Well, that someone was me.  She was crafted and worked on until she came to this point.

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

This is where the real drama in our story begins.  She was just a little too plain.  She needed star quality.  This is where our kind stranger comes into the story.   Imagine how thrilled I was when Derrick Lawless from D. Lawless Hardware offered to send her some special wood appliques to take her from being ordinary to extraordinary.  Literally, within hours she went from ho hum to woo hoo!

French County Wooden Valance with Wood Appliques from D. Lawless. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

I was so excited and it was so easy to do!  Next week I’ll be back with a full tutorial on how easy it was to build her and add this special touch.  But like all good stories going along perfectly, there must be a setback.  Her manager (me) wanted her to be more colorful and stand out among the crowd.  She was painted a dark shade of blue and given layers and layers of white wash and white wax in a sorry attempt to turn her into something she just didn’t want to be.

French County Wooden Valance with Wood Appliques from D. Lawless. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

It’s not that it was totally bad.  It just wasn’t totally good either.  Like all stars who go through a rough period, she came out the other side with a full awareness of who she really is.  She spilled all the beans in her Barbara Walters interview, even crying about the rough days she spent trying to be something she wasn’t.  This is the fun part…the redemption.  Here she is, comfortable in her own skin…or wood appliques.

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

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Blue and White Chinoiserie in a French Country setting. Check out this bedroom makeover if you love blue and white. www.slightlycoastal.com

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

I know, right?  Didn’t she really come into her own?  I think it makes the whole room.  I love a good French Country wooden valance.

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

I found some really cute pillows at Wal-Mart of all places and I feel like they just totally make it all come together.  Wal-Mart…who would think?

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

I want to send out a serious thank you to Derrick Lawless from D. Lawless for sending me these gorgeous appliques allowing me to make my French Country wooden valance dreams come true.  What a gift!  I’ll be back next week with a full tutorial on how you can build your own French Country wooden valance, but in the meantime I’ll answer a few questions you may have.

  1. The valances were built using 1/4 birch plywood and inexpensive trim.
  2. The final version of the valances were painted with Waverly Inspirations Chalk Acrylic Paint in Mineral and then brushed with white.
  3. The stunning wood appliques are:

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French Country Wooden Valance with D. Lawless wood appliques. These turned out so beautiful! Check out the whole post on www.slightlycoastal.com

Don’t you just love a happily ever after?  This was just one more step toward my dream bedroom.  In case you missed it, the jumping off point for this bedroom makeover was the blue and white plate wall I put together from the thrift store.  

I have more projects in store for this room.  Watch it transform over the next month from an okay master bedroom to an extraordinary one. 

Have a Fantastic Day!

Nancy

 

My awesome friend Lucy from Patina Paradise put together this incredible party list. Lucy and I, we like to party at the same places. You should come to the party…it’s a blast:

 

MONDAYS
Something to Talk About @ The Crowned Goat 5AM CST
*Show and Share @ Coastal Charm 8AM or 8:30AM

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on The Porch
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 3PM
Inspire Me Monday @ Sand and Sisal 4 or 5PM

*The Scoop @ Stone Gable 5PM CST
Before and After Linkup @ Thrifty Decor Chick 1st Monday of the month

TUESDAYS
Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss 10 or 11AM
* Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style 6pm
* Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures evenings at 7 PM
* Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living evenings at 7PM
* Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design at 10PM
What’s It Wednesdays @ Ivy And Elephants

WEDNESDAYS
Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches 9AM
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson 2PM or 3PM

** Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 4PM
* Share Your Style @ The Vintage Nest + 7MORE BLOGS!!!!! 6PM CST

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours 6PM CST

THURSDAYS
Brag Worthy Thursday @ Bless’er House + 4 more blogs 5AM
DIY Like A Boss @ The Heathered Nest
*The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors 8AM
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva 9AM
* Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique 1:00PM
*Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage 3PM
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme 6PM

AKA Design-Weekend Retreat party 7 pm

*The Inspiration Gallery @ craftberry bush + 2MORE BLOGS! 6pm

Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional 6pm
*Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home 6PM
the weekend retreat @ AKA Design 6pm
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer 9PM

FRIDAYS

* A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market 6AM

Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors

SATURDAYS

*Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes 8:30AM
*Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events 10AM
*DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista 5PM
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home 7PM

SUNDAYS
* Silver Pennies Sundays @ Finding Silver Pennies 6 or 7 AM
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home + 6 more blogs! 1 PM
**Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings 5PM

9 Comments

  1. Amanda @ Dixie Delights

    March 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I can’t believe you made those. They are stunning!!! Well done friend!

  2. Sherry Smith

    March 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Just love these?????

  3. Derrick Lawless

    March 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Wow, you did an amazing job with those! Thanks so much!

  4. Christina

    March 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    These are lovely! What a great transformation! just adore the whole setting- and was going to ask where you found those pillow- Walmart- Love it! pinning 🙂

  5. Nancy

    March 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

    You did a fantastic job!! They are wonderful!! How did you affix the wood appliqués?? What glue did you use??
    The final color…its lovely…so soothing….
    Great room..
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  6. KariAnne

    March 23, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Nancy,

    What an incredible project! I LOVE how they turned out!!!!!! The appliques truly make the whole piece and the photography is spot on. 🙂

    This is me giving you a standing ovation. 🙂

    karianne

  7. Regality (aka The Quing)

    March 23, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Are the valences green or grey, depending on which picture I look at. Whichever, they are lovely.

  8. Pinky

    June 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful! I should do a post on our wooden valances that my hubby made for me. We have a lot of Asian decor and so he trimmed them with bamboo molding! I LOVE them! You did a fabulous job on these! So pretty!

    1. Nancy

      June 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Pinky! The valances were a fun project and I think they add so much to the room. Hiding behind them are black-out shades. A girl’s gotta sleep. 🙂

      Nancy

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