New Kitchen Curtains…the Non DIY Way!

I’ve been teasing you for months now with talk of our new kitchen curtains and, finally, here they are!

They’ve been hung for a couple months but I only just got around to photographing them this past weekend.  Here’s a peek at the evolution of our kitchen eating area.

Previous owners:


Since we bought the house:

I did like the red striped cafe curtains but they never fit the windows exactly right (I had multiples overlapping) and ultimately decided I wanted something softer.
I started out making drapes from canvas drop cloths and got one entire panel stenciled in a gorgeous ikat when I realized it just wasn’t working.  The single panel took me several afternoons (naptimes) to stencil and while the pattern itself was beautiful I just wasn’t loving the effect on the curtains.  I put them aside for a few weeks to think about what direction I wanted to take and that’s when I came across these cotton canvas panels from West Elm.
They’re exactly the color I wanted, they were only $39 a panel, machine washable (great for a kitchen where little people eat!), and I loved the pattern.  They’re a nice substantial weight and the cotton canvas keeps them from looking too fancy in a casual kitchen.  I popped them up on the rods I already had in place and have loved them ever since.  
Sometimes I get so caught up in DIY mode I forget to look around at ready-made options.  This is a great reminder that there are times when you can find exactly what you’re looking for all ready to open up and be done with it.  Don’t worry – my do-it-yourself spirit isn’t going anywhere.  I think I’ll always love building things and making things but it sure is nice, every now and again, to just open a box!

Linking to Home Stories A to Z, The Winthrop Chronicles, Silver Pennies, The Shabby Nest, Craftberry Bush

  • Lo (a Lo and Behold Life)

    I love them!!!! The pattern and color is great. I may just pick up a panel or two for myself!

    • Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      Ha, great, go for it!!

  • sarah m. dorsey

    Love these – they are perfect for the space! and a great reminder that diy isn’t always the best way to go :)

  • Julie Boarder

    I love these! My mom made me silk curtains for my living room like ones we saw at Restoration Hardware to save me some money. By the time we were done she decided it wasn’t worth all the effort as we didn’t end up saving all that much.

    • Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      You’d think it would be cheaper to do them yourself but it definitely isn’t a lot of the time!

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    they are gorgeous! west elm always has awesome textiles. our own, our guest bedding, and emmy’s quilt all came from there!

  • Leanne

    Those are so pretty! I love your eating nook, it’s so welcoming!
    Just found you through crafty scrappy happy’s link up! :)

    • Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      Thanks for stopping by from the link party, Leanne!

  • Jen @ The Social Home

    OOooh la la! They are GORGE! Now come do mine!

  • Natalie @ Blossoming Visions

    What a difference a change of window treatments makes! I just adore the after, and those panels are killer! I’m looking for panels for my dining area as well, I guess I’ll be checking out West Elm. If you get a chance, stop by my blog. I’m hosting a giveaway!

  • Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers

    This is so beautiful! I love the transformation look you are going for, so soft and bright. Beautiful job!

  • Megan

    Those curtains look gorgeous in your kitchen – and the length is perfect!

  • JessC

    Love the update! Also love the glass bubble vase on your white table! Can you share where you got that?

    • Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      I got it at Home Goods a year or two ago! It’s made of recycled glass so has this great pale aqua color.

  • Craftberry Bush

    Oh Jen…you did a great job….I adore that vase…thank you so much for sharing…xo

  • Leslie

    Your curtains look wonderful:) Sometimes when you factor the cost of all the supplies and your time.. you might as well purchase something that’s complete. Patience, waiting for the annual markdowns!


  • Danielle

    These are beautiful! They now make such an elegant statement in your kitchen. Thank you for sharing at my Silver Pennies Sunday link party.

  • Lisa

    Looks wonderful and I could see this in a magazine! Great job!