Make A Quick and Easy Window Valance

simple window valanceDo you ever have an idea that you don’t really think will amount to much but then turns out to be something kind of special? Well, that’s how I feel about today’s post.

It all started when I saw a picture on Pinterest of this cute over-the-kitchen-sink valance from The Lettered Cottage. I hadn’t really considered putting a valance there before…but after seeing the picture, I could totally picture it above my sink as well.

Since I’m currently in the midst of playing “musical bedrooms” at my house and creating a home office for myself…I filed this idea away in my head for something to do “down the road”.

Then a couple of funny things happened “down the road”.

First, out of the blue, I discovered a random tension rod in my craft closet that was just the right length for above MY kitchen sink. Kinda weird.

Second, I re-discovered a small vintage tablecloth I had picked up at our local thrift store a LONG time ago. It just sorta “showed up” in my laundry room one day. Again, kinda weird!

And finally, rummaging through my craft closet looking for some jute twine to tie around a loaf of my Amish Friendship Bread, I found some leftover shower curtain clips from my Window Covering Makeover post. OK, this got my attention. I think someone was trying to tell me I needed to give this kitchen sink valance thing a try.

So I DID…and this is what I came up with! Not a stitch of sewing involved, and the most difficult thing I had to do was find a pair of scissors & cut the tablecloth in half lengthwise.


simple window valance


After cutting the tablecloth into two sections, I decided  the length I wanted the valance to be, and then folded each piece down once on the cut side and added the shower curtain clips (which were about $6 for 8 clips at Walmart).


simple window valance


Only thing left to do after that was thread the rod through the rings and put the tension rod in place over the window and between the two cupboards.


simple window valance


That is it! The easiest valance you’ll ever make! Honestly, I don’t know how it could possibly have been ANY easier.


simple window valance


As a matter of fact….this might be one of the shortest posts I’ve ever done.  What should we talk about NOW???

hmmmmmmm. :-)


simple window valance


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  1. says

    I love it! Sounds like it was meant to be the way those things “showed up”. Don’t you love it when that happens?! Have a great day…love your blog!

  2. Shannon says

    Totally love the quick update to your kitchen. So doable. It looks very pretty with the yellow.

  3. cindy says

    Sooo pretty. I love the juxtaposition of the pink next to the “yellow” in the cabinets- A softer version of the super hot magenta/yellow combination. It was certainly meant to be Jillee- it’s smashing:)

  4. says

    I’ve been using dishtowels, napkins, etc., for a few years–to the point that, having moved two years ago, the only window treatments I’ve done since then (other than blinds) are either dishtowels or tablecloths; it’s just too easy!

  5. Michelle says

    OMGosh your valance is so cute! I’d never be able cut once of my vintage tablecloths to make this though. Love your blog keep up the great work!

    Huntsville, Alabama

    • Jillee says

      And when I saw “vintage” I mean “old”. lol. But seriously….how do you know if a tablecloth, etc is vintage?? Just curious….

    • Jennifer says

      You can also just fold it in half/thirds/quarters and pin it or tack it (i know sewing, ewe) so it stays put then hang it up. Just watch the sun fads the older fabric fast.

  6. Nancy says

    To each their own of course but I’d spray paint the rod black to match the clips like in Layla’s kitchen.

  7. says

    I did this about 8 years ago with dish towels that match my kitchen. I cut the towel in half, added some bias tape on the cut edge and used clips like you show. I have had so many compliments on these little curtains over the years! So cheap, fast, and easy!