Edited to add: This post has become so incredibly popular that I have now added a FAQ post that answers the burning questions sent to me by readers. It can be found here.
Holy cow, this post has been a while in the making. Not because it took long for the project, but because I held off on posting thinking the interest in my original $10 and 10 minute DIY widow valance post would die down.
Not only has interest not died down, it increases by a massive amount every day.
You guys seem to love it. And I love that!
But there seems to be one small problem with the window valance post. People want a way to make it renter friendly, or they may not be too keen on putting a few small holes in their window frames. I get multiple emails every. single. day about it…
No worries, my dear sweet readers, I’ve got you covered!
The basic directions for the DIY window valance are the same, the only thing that we are altering here is how it is being attached to the wall. So please read the directions on the original post first to complete your valance.
With the valances that I had made for my kitchen and my daughter’s room I attached the valance directly to the window casing, but as I was redecorating my craft room I realized that I wanted curtain panels and a valance. To build my valance to go around my curtain rod would be the perfect test run for my renter friendly, no hole valance plan, so I set about getting to work.
I completed my valances and made sure to reinforce the short ends with lots of extra pins. I did not want that fabric moving at all!
Once secure, I grabbed my favorite tool in my toolbox (super glue, of course) and some 3M Picture Hanging Strips. For my valance I used 2 medium strips on each end. I quickly applied super glue to the back side of one picture hanging strip and adhered it to the end of the valance. I repeated this step for all four strips and then I attached their matching sides (it is basically velco pieces) and removed the backing on the matching sides of the strips and pressed the whole thing firmly onto the wall.
Now one side of each of the four picture hanging strips is super glued onto the valance and the matching sides that are attached to the wall are easy to pull off and remove whenever you choose to take down the valance.
And check out what a difference this valance made in my craft room!
This is a great option for renters, those who would like to keep their window casing hole free and for anyone looking to build a valance around a curtain rod. I am so in love with the look of the curtains and valance together! And it’s great for my military family who never knows when we’ll get the call that it’s time to move.
Do you have any great renter friendly home improvement ideas? I’d love to hear from you!