Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kitchen Curtains and Desk Revealed

Last week you guys saw the new wall color in the kitchen and repainted hutch. Now lets take a look to the right of the hutch!

We made a 29 inch wide desk to fit the space in between the hutch and the window. I'd been hoping for a place to store my things, and this seemed like a great place for the phone, calendar, and all the little "admin" stuff that it takes to run a household.

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The desk is 2 stained boards; we bought the wood at Home Depot and cut it to fit the space. We fastened the boards together with two other smaller pieces of wood below the desk, and then used four Ikea desk legs at $3 each. The desk cost less than $20!

The chair is from St. Vincent de Paul in Oakland, and we picked it up for about $8. I spied it there one day and new it was just what I wanted for the kitchen. And the rug is from Target. I bought it before we moved in; there's an odd stain on the linoleum by the sliding glass door. The previous owner had placed a rubber outdoor mat on the linoleum and it left an ugly brown stain.

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You've likely noticed the curtains, too.I ordered this fabric back in July, and first mentioned it this post. I got the fabric, which is Gazebo Cloud by Braemore from Mary Jo's, which had the best price.

I sewed the curtains by following this tutorial at House of Hepworths;  I am so excited that they are lined! I broke out my sewing machine and it took one evening to finish them. The previous owners left an old set of Pottery Barn curtains that were too short, but when I ripped the hem along the bottom, they were the perfect length. It was funny to take apart expensive curtains to reuse the fabric, but I felt good about "up cycling them.

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It was also a treat to see that John and Sherry at Young House Love had used this fabric for curtains in their recent book, and then again to cover their headboard. It's such a lovely, water color-looking pattern, and I could not be happier to have it in the kitchen! :)

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3 comments:

Paula said...

Hi Lisa,
It's not hard to make one :) I hope to get a tutorial together soon! Thank you for stopping by.
Paula

Liz said...

Those curtains are so pretty! When I first saw the picture of your desk I thought it was a picture from a magazine! You have awesome decorating skills!!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love the colours of the wall unit and the drapes. Such a perfect place for a desk right there beside the window.