DIY Cornice

If you have never heard of a cornice before and think that you never laid eyes on one then you would be wrong. The cornice has been a staple feature of architecture for many centuries and originates in Italy. It is in fact a ledge like feature that is used to hide the join between a wall and a ceiling.

They can also be installed above a door or window to frame it and draw attention to the décor of you home. As a result, the cornice has become an essential feature in many homes today. Do it yourself cornice is easy to install and so you can incorporate it into the décor of your home in just a few minutes as a finishing touch.

As old style décor has come back into fashion recently, DIY cornices have also made a comeback. The modern designs of the 1980s and 1990s almost entirely excluded it from new home designs and renovations alike. As a result of the revival, do it yourself cornice has made its way into fashion and home idea magazines and has resulted in a great popularity increase. The materials necessary to complete the DIY installation job have made their way into home improvements stores as a result and you only really need a few relatively inexpensive materials in order to use it in your home.

Materials For Do It Yourself Cornice

You only need a few tools in order to install do it yourself cornice in your home. Obviously you need the plasterboard cornice to start with. Plasterboard is easy to tailor to suit your own needs with a strong and sharp knife or small saw and is inexpensive.

However, the main advantage of it is that it can be held in place with a strong adhesive rather than having to nail it in place; The cornice itself, adhesive, a fine saw or sharp knife, a measuring tape and pencil are all necessary tools, but there ends the list. That is literally all you need for do it yourself cornice, with the exception of a ladder!


Installing a do it yourself cornice is a simple process so even the most novice of DIYers can do it. It only takes a few minutes to do a good job if you follow the steps below:

    1. Measure the area in which you want to install do it yourself cornice and mark it out with a pencil. You may need to hold the cornice up to the wall to make sure that it covers the area you want it to before you go any further. If you are satisfied then proceed to the next step.

    2. Measure the cornice so that it will fit accurately along each wall and then mark the underside with a pencil so that you will know where to cut for the best possible fit.

    3. Measure the angle of each corner of the room and then mark the underside of the cornice so that you can accurately cut to the angle. This ensures that DIY cornice will meet at corners with no overlaps. You may want to use a mitre master to measure this out, and then cut with a fine saw.

    4. Make sure that you have thoroughly marked where the do it yourself cornice is to go and then apply adhesive to the back of it before holding firmly in place on the wall for a minute or so. Wipe any excess adhesive away as you put it to the wall and then leave it for thirty minutes to dry. If it has been laid incorrectly than alter its position straight away.

You may want to use temporary nails to hold the do it yourself cornice in place when you are applying it to the walls but given a day or so for the adhesive to fully set, you will have a beautiful finish to your room that adds that touch of class that very few other elements can achieve!