Simple Kitchen Decor
Add charm to the kitchen with new or flea-market fabrics.
Collecting flea market treasures is fun but what do you do with all that stuff?
If you have a passion for vintage linens we've created some quick, easy ways to show off your finds and decorate your kitchen windows. These projects are designed to inspire you to try unusual decorating ideas and add color to your kitchen while showing your personal style. They are easy, adaptable to most windows, chairs and cabinets, and can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Seasonal Window Treatment
Napkins (old or new) make eye-catching window dressings. From chiffon to canvas, there's a wide range of fabrics, textures and colors to choose from. Give your room a vintage feel by using soft, faded napkins found at antique stores and garage sales. For a crisp, trendy look, try new napkins in checks, stripes and plaids. For a fancy affair, splurge on gold napkins or red and green for the holidays. New napkins range in price from $2 to $12. At these prices you can afford to buy new napkins and create a different look in your kitchen each season.
Materials and Tools:
napkins — three for a 36-inch window, three to five for a 42-inch window
tension or decorative drapery rod
- Sew decorative buttons on one corner of the napkin.
- Fold the napkin in half to form a triangle.
- Drape napkins over a tension rod.
Designer's Note: For a different look, layer antique lace napkins over crisp new ones or combine plaids, stripes and checks together. This is especially striking if you use fabrics that share the same colors — for instance, blue and white check napkins on top of blue and white stripes.
Ditch the Doors!
Many turn-of-the-century country kitchens had fabric panels instead of cabinet doors to hide pots and pans, and the colorful materials added texture and warmth to the room. To create old-time charm in your kitchen, remove the cabinet doors beneath your sink and skirt the open area as shown with a floral or check tablecloth.
Materials and Tools:
2 small eye-bolt screws
tablecloth: 1-1/2 to 2 times the width of the cabinet's opening and slightly longer than the opening.
- Top of the cabinet curtain: Create a channel for the wire, by folding and pressing a 1-1/2" hem at the top of the fabric or tablecloth (wrong sides together). Measure 1" from the fold and sew with a straight line of stitching from one end of the fabric to the other. String the wire through the pocket of the fabric.
- Attach the screws to the cabinet directly below the sink. Measure from the screw on the front of the cabinet to the floor, subtract one inch from the measurement and mark and hem the cloth. Thread the wire through the eye-bolts and twist the wire to hold the drape securely in place.
Designer's Note: To give instant age to lace or new fabric, pour strong coffee into an old tub or kitchen sink and soak the fabric until you achieve the look you desire. Test a small sample of your fabric first to make sure you like the effect.
Dishtowels as Slipcovers
Sometimes all a room needs is a little color to give it new life. You can easily perk up your kitchen with slipcovers for your chairs made from vintage dish towels or linens. Here's how to do it.
Materials and Tools:
Dish towels, new or old
- Create ties (four per chair) by cutting ribbons into sections approximately 12" long.
- Stitch a ribbon to each corner of a dish towel.
- Fold fabric in the center and drape it over the back of the chair.
- Tie ribbons to hold slipcover cover in place.
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