Shower Curtain Valance

Where I live there aren’t a ton of fabric stores. I could venture into Toronto – trust me, I would love nothing more! – but it’s just not usually feasible. Fabricland is my local shop, and I do often find what I need there, but not always.

Do you ever notice that items like curtains, table cloths and even shower curtains are the things with the coolest patterns on them? I often look at a shower curtain and think “Ok now THAT is a fabric I wish I could find!”

Well… once in a while I guess I have a decent idea, and I recently decided to throw caution to the wind and actually make a valance for my kitchen window out of – wait for it – a shower curtain.

samsung may 22 2014 051It looks like a bad paint job up at the ceiling, but it`s just a shadow from the gathers of the valance.

Pretty cool, if I do say so myself! It was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done, and as far as “bang for your buck” goes, I couldn’t be happier. I was at a bed & bath store near my house and the pattern on this shower curtain caught my eye. I knew it would be perfect in my newly painted kitchen, and I had been looking for a fabric to make a new valance with.

Here is the “before” of the kitchen, complete with original cupboards, wall colour and of course valance:

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It was all quite “blah” and not my taste at all. So the cupboard got a fresh coat of paint, as did the walls… and then I made the valance to go along with it!

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The list of supplies was pretty small…

curtain rod:

shower curtain:

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iron-on adhesive:


I simply cut the shower curtain to size, and created a hem using the iron-on. I used the existing opening at the top of the curtain to thread the rod through, and that was it!

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It ads some great colour to the room and really brightens it up, and it cost a total of $10. I also like that it`s such a resilient material seeing as it`s in the kitchen and often exposed to steam and splashing food. Yes – even way up there.

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But it really did finish off the room so nicely, and I always love knowing that I made something myself. I did keep the unused portion of it as well. I have a feeling I will find something to do with it! Up next I`m thinking of recovering my dining chair seat cushions in my favourite Ikea drapes – a $50 pair would do all six chairs!

It`s the little things that excite me.
Have a wonderful day!



  1. Diane says

    I did the same thing in my kitchen! I found a shower curtain with a great print at Target and used the iron-on stuff to hem it. You’re totally right about shower curtains having the best prints.

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