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.
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:
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!
The list of supplies was pretty small…
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!
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.
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!