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Old 06-28-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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The ugliest window valances in the world

I think my 1999 Safari must have had the ugliest window valences in the world. They are horrible greenish print cheapo fabric.

I made up some new solid wood replacements out of cherry. To keep them light, I milled the wood down to 1/4 inch thickness. I also rounded the corners and rounded over the edges in keeping with the Airstream curvy ways. They are finished with satin lacquer, which I sprayed on.

Each piece is five inches wide, and two inches shorter than the existing valance it replaces. I made them shorter because I wanted to make them free standing instead of butting into the cabinets.

This project was really easy. The most time consuming part was ripping and planing 4/4 cherry stock to get 1/4 inch thick boards. Right now they are all sitting out in the sun for a while - Cherry darkens as it ages or when exposed to UV light - so they will get a bit richer / darker in color.

I did have to fabricate new mounts - I just used cheap 1 inch by 1/16 inch aluminum bar from home depot, bent into a U-shape in my vise (with the side against the wall of the airstream about 2" longer than the side holding the valance and drilled holes for screws.

Total cost was about $20 worth of cherry hardwood, $5 for aluminum bar, $5 worth of of satin lacquer, and two or three hours of labor.

I'm slowing updating the fake oak and vinyl interior of my safari with real cherry and stainless, which I think is a cool looking combination.

- Dan
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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Yep, those old one's are certainly in the running for the ugly award! The new ones look great!
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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Ugly dust collectors. The cherry will look much better and be easier to clean.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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Here they are installed - a big improvement.

Very easy project overall.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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Did someone say Cherry valances?
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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Here is what we did in our '97 Safari:

On either side of the gaucho we used the same material as we used when we recovered the couch. In the bedroom we used a matching suede material we got as a remanent from a fabric store for a couple of bucks. You are right about the ugliness of the valances, to say nothing about the fabric on the couch.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #7
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Those are all very pretty! Nice work!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Lovely!
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We should have a `Prettiest Home-Made Valences` contest! Two good contenders right here!
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #10
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Nice job. I am going to replace mine at some point. Mine are a greenish blue mouse fur kinda thing. I may go with oak though.

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #11
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Totally agree with your opinion - we finally got around to reupholstering (spelling doesn't look right).

Also changed the fabric on all valances throughout.

Now looks completely different and has a more pleasant feel.

The person who did the upholstery also stated before hand - he understood our reason for wanting to make the change.
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