How to Make a Wood Valance with Lighting
A wood valance is a perfect finishing feature for any window area. They look attractive by themselves, but they can also be the ideal place to put recessed lights. Putting lighting into a valance can help you achieve the right balance of light and ornamentation into a room, as well as providing a great way of concealing any lights that don't look as attractive as other features in the room. Recessed lights can show your room to its best advantage, and they will also help flatter the wood valance and draw attention to it. If you want to install a valance with lighting, you may be considering calling in help, but there is no need. Getting this job done doesn’t require the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.
Step 1 – Make the Valance
The first step is to construct the valance for your lighting. Most valances are formed from a basic box shape, so measure the length of your windows, and then create a box to the right length and around 6 inches in depth. This should be wide enough to conceal the lights in. Screw the timber tightly together, and sand down.
Step 2 – Make Holes for the Lights
Next, you will have to make a support for the lights. Fit a bottom to your frame of the same length as the sides, and then cut enough holes into the frame for the lighting system to fit into. You will need one hole for each light that will be shining down, so make sure that you have enough room in your valance for each of the lights you wish to install.
Step 3 – Fit the Lights
Once that is completed, you will have to install the lights into the system. Place the lights into the bottom of the box, and either screw or glue them into position. You may have the lights connected together using a metal pole, which should be placed at the bottom of the box. Push each light through the hole, and fix them firmly into place.
Step 4 - Varnish the Wood
When you have completed the light box, you should paint or varnish your wood before you install it above your window. Choose a color that matches the interior design of your room. Using a paintbrush, paint the sides first and then the base of the box, which will be shown to the world (the underside). Leave these to dry before returning and varnishing the front of the box. Leave them to dry again.
Step 5 – Finishing
Before you finish the project you will have to fit the wood valance onto the wall. Do this by installing two brackets, one either side of the window, and then a third in the middle. Screw your box onto these brackets, and then connect your lights into the system. Your valance should now be ready for use.