Counter tops and shelves are prime real estate in my house. Everyone in my family wants to own some of that property, and there just isn’t enough for everyone to put what they want on the counters.
I’ll admit that not only do I treat counters as drop zones for my purse, mail and craft supplies, but I want to display some of my favorite vintage kitchen decor on them too, which leaves very little room to actually do meal prep, or put kitchen appliances and tools.
I love to display my small but growing collection of antique ironstone pitchers in my kitchen, and I’ve shuffled them from my antique cook stove, to shelves, to counters and never could find a place where they displayed well but weren’t taking up needed space…until today, and I solved another problem at the same time – the lack of window treatments on my kitchen windows.
Let me explain…
A few months ago, I took down the shelf and curtains above my kitchen window (seen here), and my husband built me new farmhouse kitchen window shelves. We have such a nice view from our windows, that I prefer using a valance, instead of a full curtain, so the view isn’t blocked. I haven’t gotten around to getting new valances, so the windows have looked pretty bare.
After shooting photos for my winter whites post the other day, and after shuffling the pitchers for what seemed like the gazillionth time, I had a lightbulb moment…
Instead of setting the pitchers on a counter or shelf, I could hang them and they could do double duty as a valance!
Seriously, why didn’t I think of this before?
I spend a lot of time at my kitchen sink, so using all my favorite pitchers as a faux valance gives me a way to enjoy them daily, without taking up counter space.
My largest pitcher is the one seen in my “It is Well with My Soul” printable. It’s my favorite, so it’s hanging front and center.
It was as simple as screwing some cup hooks under the shelf and hanging the pitchers on them.
Here’s my no-sew, get them off the counter, faux farmhouse valance!
I’m certain I’ll never find a cheaper or easier valance for my windows, and it solved my pitcher-shuffling dilemma
…and and it totally rocks the farmhouse look, doesn’t it? 🙂
Antique ironstone pitchers can be a bit expensive and hard to come by, so sometimes I cheat with an affordable version with the same style (affiliate link).
Two of the pitchers hanging are cheater versions, but I they fit right in with the old ones, so I doubt anyone would ever notice.
You want to know the best part?
There’s a smaller window that shares the same corner as my large window (you can just barely see it to the right of the big window), and it needs a valance too, so I have an excuse to buy more pitchers!
Viya con Dios,
Here’s something I think you’ll love!
Farmhouse Tractor Seat Stool (affiliate link)