So last summer I embarked on a kitchen update project. It sure seemed like it would never be finished...and you know what? It's still not done. I do believe that painting those cabinets destroyed a tiny piece of my soul.
At some point I'll show "before" and "after" pics, but we haven't gotten quite far enough in the "after" process for that to happen.
My family tells me it looks like a Granny Kitchen. And while I'm not a Granny, I'm pleased with that description because that's sort of the look I was going for. I would have preferred "farmhouse kitchen" or "charming kitchen" but I'll take what I can get.
The painting is complete and now it's time to add the fun fabric stuff. You know, pillows, new chair cushions and valances for the windows. The kitchen opens onto the family room, so the new look continues in that room as well. So we're talking a lot of windows. Five, to be exact.
I've been agonizing over my fabric choices for several months now. But "agonizing" probably isn't the right word...more like enjoying considering my many options. Because I didn't have the brackets or poles in place to even hang the valances and I knew it would take my husband months to get around to taking care of that part of it for me. And it did. Take months. MANY MONTHS. So why rush anything?
But now, they're up. And he's wondering why he was asked to cut and hang poles and brackets when there's nothing to hang on them.
So now, I'm agonizing. And here's where you come in: I've been collecting vintage tablecloths for awhile now. Because that's what I want to use for my projects. Most of the tablecloths were purchased very cheaply on eBay because they've got damaged bits. I did get a trifle carried away on a couple of auctions so they're not all bargains. I think they'd make WONDERFUL valances, etc. but I can't seem to cut them apart.
It's just like when you have a piece of quilt fabric you love and can't use.
On the plus side, these projects would allow me to enjoy those fabrics every single day. Why keep them locked away? On the minus side, they're vintage tablecloths!
So seriously. What do you think? Hack them up and enjoy the results or only use new fabric?