With this third pregnancy, it seems the nesting instinct has kicked in a little earlier than with the last two. I spent the first twenty weeks feeling so exhausted, and as soon as some energy came back I was ready to tackle all the house projects, including some cafe curtains for our kitchen.
Our kitchen has four windows and a few look out on our neighbors’ yard. When it is dark out, it can feel like you’re in a fishbowl and anyone can see in. Since I love natural light, and the windows also make the room cheery and have great views of big trees and sky, I was hoping to find cafe curtains to add some privacy.
Here’s a little reminder of what the kitchen looked like BEFORE we bought the house:
And here it is NOW:
You can see we already had painted over the chocolate brown, which brightened up the whole room. We also took down the window coverings in all the rooms as soon as we had closed on the house. The big windows and light are one of my favorite things about this home. We’d still love to update the island and appliances at some point, but a few little fixes have made this kitchen work really well for our family.
As I was shopping, I realized these curtains could really add up. Most cafe curtains look a little too granny for my taste. I found cute ones at Anthropologie, but even on sale they were pricey. They other problem is that every window in our kitchen is a different size, so if I went with anything store-bought I would have to alter it. Luckily, I happened on some cute scarves with pom pom trim from West Elm on clearance. At roughly $5 per window, I was willing to risk “final sale” and try to make some curtains myself. I’m so glad I did! I saved over $100 and ended up with curtains that are more my style than anything I’d found online.
The scarves I bought were $12.99 and 50″ x 70″. It was important that at least one side of the fabric was about 50″ since a few windows were 40″ wide. Of course, you could also plan on making a pair of curtains for each window if you can’t find fabric wide enough. I also bought bronze tension rods and ring clips from Target.
Measure halfway up your window, add a few inches and cut out your fabric. I was able to use one scarf for two windows. Using Stitch Witchery, I ironed a seam on the cut edge, and it was ready to hang. I used 9 clips per window, so the fabric wouldn’t gap too much and this is my favorite tip: Instead of just clipping the ring to the top of the seam. Create a two little folds in your finger, and clip the ring to the back of the fabric, so the clip doesn’t show (there’s a closeup picture below). You’ll end up with curtains that look like they have an inverted pleat. And that’s it!
I’m so glad to have this project finished before the baby comes. And a big thanks to Zach for hanging some new kitchen pendants (also on the to-do list!) and handling the dishes after I had made muffins.