Café curtains in the kitchen

When I was young café curtains were in almost every kitchen. Gradually they were replaced by mini-blinds, wooden blinds, roller shades and bamboo shades.  I had 1 inch wooden blinds with a valance in my kitchen, but like everything else, after so many years I wanted a new look.  Café curtains are the replacements!

cafe curtain

I’ve been noticing that café curtains are being used again and decided to make some for my kitchen. Here’s a peek of the fabric. I haven’t sewn them yet, I was just testing out different lengths. I bought this fabric last year with the intention to use it for cushion covers and a window treatment in the kitchen but over the year I started rethinking that….I just wasn’t crazy over the fabric anymore. Ugh…..why does that happen….I hate when that happens!


But I decided to use it anyhow and now I’m starting to like it again. It looks great with the new wall color and my Annie Sloan painted pumpkins.

z cafe curtain

source This was my inspiration for café curtains and a shelf above my kitchen window. Speaking of kitchens, on Monday the trim will start to go up around my upper cabinets.


These sunny yellow curtains are hung just above the sill.


These cute curtains were made from napkins, no sewing involved. Another no sew method, café curtains would be easy to create using heat tape. They use so little fabric you could change the the look often or for every season.

I’m starting to paint the kitchen cabinets now so the work is progressing. Can’t wait til it’s done!

What are you working on? Got any projects going?

Happy Fall!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


  1. They are back, Debra! I am getting ready to make some for my daughter’s kitchen window since I have so much extra fabric from my sunroom valances. I love your fabric and I’m looking forward to seeing your curtains.
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  2. Stacey says:

    I love yours! I’ve been thinking of cafe curtains in my kitchen too.
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  3. Vee says:

    They’re going to look great. I should be painting my kitchen cabinets, though it’s not going to happen for another while. All the best painting yours!

  4. DARLING! I wish I had a window like that for some cafe curtains.

  5. joanne says:

    I’m so glad that they are back. I remember having them in my first house and I loved them…love. It’s so easy to change them out and have a whole new look in the kitchen for little money. PLUS they are just so darn cute!

  6. It is easy to change them out for a new look and I’m glad they are in style again too!
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  8. Laura says:

    I love the fabric for your curtains . Where did you get it ? Or do you have the name ?

  9. This bright fabric is from Magnolia fabric and is called Sydney. It comes in a few different colors. I think I got it at Joannes on sale. Good luck finding it. :)

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