There are times in life where you just have to fake it. Like when you find the almost-perfect valance curtain at the thrift store.
In case you don’t remember, my kitchen window originally looked like this:
The empty space between the cabinets bugged me. I tried some floating wall vases from CB2, but wasn’t thrilled with the result. After that disaster, I planned to make a valance for the window . . . but hadn’t gotten around to it.
Then I found three green and white handmade valances at the Goodwill, for only $2 a pop. Knowing that my kitchen colors were supposed to be citrus (orange, yellow, green) – how could I resist? It wasn’t exactly the pattern I’d have chosen, but frankly I was happy to find something already made. I have enough sewing projects on my hands right now.
Valances usually hang on rods that come out from the wall and then across the front, creating a boxy shape. However, the wall surrounding my kitchen window was tiled, and since I rent, I didn’t want to drill any holes in it. Also, the curtain was much wider than the window. It’s a bit tricky to explain, so I’ll make a step-by-step list of how I created the custom-fitted look for the window. Here’s how I took the super easy way out:
- I found a spring-loaded curtain rod in the basement and adjusted it so that it was exactly the width of the opening between the two cabinets.
- I centered the rod into the pocket of the curtain, so that there was an equal amount of excess curtain on either end of it.
- Holding tight to the curtain & rod, so that the rod didn’t move in the pocket, I sprung the curtain into place in the opening.
- The curtain looked great, stretched taught across the opening, but the excess fabric on the ends hung down behind it, looking all shabby.
- I contemplated cutting the ends off, and re-hemming the curtain. But I liked the custom look created by the fabric wrapping around on either side.
- Enter the painter’s tape. (See, I told you I took the super easy way out!) I taped that sucker to the side of each cabinet. I also taped up each bottom corner (see below) so that you couldn’t see my cheat unless you bent your head and looked directly up at the curtain.
Ta-dah! A $2, super-easy-lazy-style kitchen window update. I am so happy with the result. And because I used painter’s tape, there’s no worry about messing up the finish on the cabinet.
I have two more valances (I bought the whole batch) and was going to put them on the other kitchen window, but I think that it would be a bit too classic for my modern taste. What do you think?