Step 4: Install It

the installed Window Cornice you built
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Position the bottom of the French cleat above the window with the cut edge facing the wall and pointing up. Level it, then drill and countersink pilot holes into at least two studs. Secure it with 2½-inch wood screws. With a partner, lift the cornice and lower it onto the cleat.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drywall corner clincher tool
      Corner clamps
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer
    • air compressor
      air compressor
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • sandpaper
      220-grit sandpaper
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • drill
      Drill/driver

    Shopping List

    Poplar 1x8 for the sides and front Get a 5-foot length.

    Poplar 1x4 for the French cleat Get a 4-footer.

    Poplar 1x10 for the top Get a 4-footer.

    3-inch solid primed-pine crown molding

    ¾-inch primed-pine ogee molding

    Primed-pine cap molding for the bottom of the cornice1 ½-inch brad nails

    ¾-inch brad nails

    2 ½-inch wood screws

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Paint