It hasn't been all that long since I made kitchen curtains from some vintage fabric that belonged to my grandmother. I posted about them here. I liked that they added some color to the kitchen. But, there were some negatives. They were hung from a shower tension rod which sagged in the middle. It was temporary.
I wasn't certain I wanted curtains. It was a good trial. I learned that I did want curtains, but I didn't want them hung inside the window. Which, brings me to the second negative - they ended up blocking my husbands view when he stood at the window. He's about 8 inches taller than me. When I decided on the length of the curtain, all I thought about was blocking the early morning sun while I stood at the sink. Oops.
The fabric was interesting. It was vintage. It was sentimental - I adored my grandmother. But, I don't think I want to live with it year round. The colors are very Christmas-y, so maybe I'll bring them back out in December. Maybe.
All this had been on my mind, but it wasn't at the top of my list to change. But, then.... at a yard sale last weekend... I found two matching Ballard runners in a really pretty cream and moss green check. In perfect condition. Two dollars. Hello. So, I bought a curtain rod and made the change.
The runners were a just a little thick and didn't want to hang and look "casual". I had to train them to be casual. Is that an oxymoron?
First, I strategically clipped them with clothespins.
Then, I steamed them and fluffed them a bit as I removed the pins.
Voila! Casual kitchen curtains.
I love the rod. The curtains hang higher - above everyone's view - and they make the windows look even larger. Plus, with the clips, it will be so easy to swap curtains anytime I please. Remember? I told you I was fickle!