Cabinet Valances are a universal way to accessorize any cabinetry arrangement or unique furniture design. Valances are an accessory that can add a hint of detail, small or large, varying with style and choice of application. With kitchen cabinetry for example, Some cabinetmakers install a valance on kitchen cabinets, typically over the sink or where two cabinets are separated by a window. The valance touches the ceiling, spanning the space between two cabinets. Valances usually have an aesthetic flair cut into the bottom edge. It can be simple french curves, or complex angles and dips. They are usually made from the same 3/4-inch hardwood from which the cabinets are built and are the finishing touch for most cabinets.
Other applications include furniture and custom built-ins as valances can serve as a tasteful way to accent the top of any book shelf, hutch, entertainment center, or can also be used to trim out a window or custom range hood above a stove.
If you are searching for some quick ways of freshening up your kitchen without making too many changes, consider adding valances to your windows.
How to Install a Kitchen Cabinet Valance
1.Stand on top of the countertop. Measure the distance between the two cabinets where the valance will be installed. Take the measurement as close to the ceiling as possible. Divide the measurement in half.
2.Find the exact center of the valance. The valance will have a series of dips or peaks that repeat. Using the measurements, measure an equal distance from the center to both ends. The object is to cut the valance off on both ends, keeping the center point of the valance in the center. Turn on the saw and cut off the valance on both ends.
3.Hold the valance in place between the two cabinets. If it is too tight, trim off one end with the miter saw. Don’t worry about getting it out of balance, a fraction of an inch either way doesn’t matter and will never show.
4.Open the doors on the cabinets on either side of the valance. Stand on the countertop. Reach into the upper corner of the first cabinet with a cordless drill and 3/16-inch bit. Drill a hole horizontally through the side of the cabinet, 3/8 inch from the front edge and 1 inch down from the top of the cabinet. Measure down 2 inches from the first hole and drill another hole. Do this on both cabinets.
5.Hold the valance in place against the ceiling. Tap the valance into place so that the ends of the valance are directly over the screw holes in the sides of the cabinets.
6.Place 1 1/2-inch screws into the holes. Reach in with the cordless drill and screw the screws tightly to the ends of the valance on both sides. Note that the valance will not fit flush across the front of the cabinets. There should be a lip, or “reveal” when you are finished.