Tackling the Kitchen Curtains

Yup. Still working on my kitchen. πŸ˜€

No, I’m not tearing down walls or installing new appliances. (Oh-how-I-wish!) But you know those little capsules that you put in water and they expand and grow into little sponge animals? Yeah, my little organizational project grew into a BIG organizational project, something like the expanding sponge capsules. So when I moved one thing to one cabinet because it would be better grouped there, I realized there were other things that would be better stored somewhere else, and so on and so on. It’s like musical chairs for your kitchen cabinets.

So I’ve still been working on getting it all done. I’m almost there, honest! I’m just fitting in a piece here and there as I can. But a couple of days ago I took a break from organizing to work on some decorating. Sunday I spent about four hours working on new curtains for my kitchen. It shouldn’t have taken me that long, but the sewing machine was giving me fits at one point and eating my fabric – ack! And then I ruined my first valance (no, believe me, it was ruined) that curved down on the sides, so when I made the second one I was tired and frustrated so I just made a straight valance instead. All in all, I’m happy with it!

Here’s the before…


I didn’t think to snap a real before picture, but I had the one above that I took and sent to my mom after the ladies helped me clean a couple months ago. There’s more in this post from last June when I did a previous reorganization project. The kitchen (every kitchen we have ever had) has always been the hardest for me to organize and clean and my least favorite place to be. I liked the red curtain, but I didn’t realize how much it was adding to the dark feel in there. I knew that I liked to open the curtain during the day so I could see better, but I contributed that to the poor lighting in the room.

But now… I think my kitchen looks pretty!


It’s amazing how much difference window treatments can make! And for the first time ever (I really don’t think I’ve ever said this before).. I LIKE my kitchen! Even though it’s still not perfect, it’s a happy kitchen. Now how about that?


I also got rid of the sunflowers and the ivy at the tops of the cabinets and the grapevine on the other side of the kitchen because I don’t think it was helping nearly as much as it was hurting. PLUS, now I can actually hang my hummingbird back in the window again because you can actually see it now (and the hummingbird windchimes outside, too.) Ahhhh, what a happy tackle. πŸ™‚

Tackle It Tuesday is hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom… what did you tackle this week?


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February 21, 2008 8:11 pm

The new valance an cafe curtain are beautiful. the colors are very pretty for spring.

February 20, 2008 6:16 am

Looks nice πŸ™‚

February 21, 2008 4:56 pm

Great job! Windows do make such a difference. So happy that you like your kitchen now. It’ll make all the work in there just a little more fun. Way to go!!

February 19, 2008 9:55 pm

That does make such a difference! Looks so nice. πŸ™‚ I like looking out the kitchen window while I’m washing dishes or prepping at the sink so I can appreciate the space between the valance and the curtains.

Growing in Grace (Nicole)
Growing in Grace (Nicole)
February 23, 2008 9:32 am

It looks great! Nice and light and airy!

February 19, 2008 10:30 pm

That looks very pretty! You did a great job!!! What a fun tackle!

Michelle at Scribbit
Michelle at Scribbit
February 19, 2008 10:54 pm

Oh we’re starting into a major remodel and you’re reminding me of all the work we’re in for! But it’ll be fun!

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