After three long years of a cabinet with no door, I finally have a great kitchen cabinet idea for you: curtains for cabinet doors.
What do you think? I think it looks really nice. Let me show you where I started and give you a tutorial on how to make curtains for cabinet doors.
This is what I have looked at for the last three years. A cabinet with no door…right next to a floor vent. Which, while I am on the subject, let me just tell the architect who designed our house….a floor vent right next to a stove in a kitchen is a VERY BAD idea! It gets so disgusting. Anyway, that is completely not the topic. The vent does, however, blow air and dust into the cabinet. Lovely!
The cabinet door cracked and broke 3 years ago when Mr. T was unemployed. We got quotes to get the door fixed. They wanted $150 to fix the one door. We couldn't find any doors that matched through other venues. Mr. T was unemployed and then employed with a $20,000 pay cut, so we decided to live with the cabinet open. I always had in the back of my mind that I would sew a curtain for the cabinet, but as with most people, time slips away and things don't get done (until you start blogging and have deadlines for posts and such…thank you all for continuing to come back. I'm getting so much done around my house, thanks to you!)
Two days after Christmas, we adopted a new family member. Pepper is a 9 month old kitten. He is curious and likes to explore the cabinet. Let me just say what you are thinking…ewwww! Yep, so thanks to you all and a curious cat, I finally got around to sewing the curtain for the cabinet.
To sew the curtain for the cabinet, I went simple. I measured the width and height. Mine was 17.75″ x 20.5″. I knew I wanted my curtain to have a 1.25″ ‘pocket' at the top for the rod. I doubled the width of the cabinet to have adequate fabric and ruffle. I cut my fabric 35.5″ wide by 24.25″ long. The 24.25″ was because I wanted my curtain to be 22″ long. I added 1″ for the hem and 1.25″ for the pocket at the top. I probably should have added an additional inch, but they work OK.
If you want to make your own curtains like these. measure your width and height. Double your width and add 2.25″ to 3.25″ to your length.
To sew the curtain, iron your 1/2″ hem to the entire piece of fabric and sew that hem. Iron the top of your fabric down 1.25″ to 1.5″ and sew at the bottom of that fold to make a pocket into which your tension rod can slide. Pretty, easy and done! Now let me show you a little trick.
Remember how I told you we got a curious cat right after Christmas? I wanted to make sure the cat couldn't get into the cabinet. I used Velcro to keep the curtain in place.
I used a sticky back Velcro on the cabinet, but the sticky back Velcro didn't stay put on the fabric. To solve that problem, I cut pieces of sewable Velcro and sewed them to the bottom of the curtain. It works great, not only to keep the cat out, but it also keeps the curtains looking all nicely ruffled all the time.
Now lest you think the curtains have ended my kitchen woes…. I liked the curtain so much on the one cabinet and thought hat just the one curtain would look weird, I made curtains for all three of the cabinets on this wall. That meant I lost two cabinet doors under my sink that used to hold my compost bin and an organizer that held all my foil and wraps. Now, I have a totally disorganized under sink cabinet. Another day, another day!
I am super happy with how the curtains turned out and I love how they look. It is so nice to walk into my kitchen and see a completed look rather than an open, dusty cabinet. It makes me smile . Now some day I need to tackle my eventual goal…painting the kitchen cabinets. I have wanted to paint them since we moved into this house 6 years ago, but it scares me….so I keep putting it off. I already know what color I want them, but it won't happen anytime soon. Not only does it scare me, it is a fairly good sized investment that we can't make yet.
Do you have any projects that you have been avoiding getting to? Any you have gotten done that make you happy?