Burlap Coffee Sack Curtains & Footboard Valance

Today I am sharing with you a fun little element in my kitchen.  I used a tension rod to hang burlap coffee sack curtains and then upcycled a broken footboard as a valance.


All you need is a tension rod, coffee burlap sacks, broken footboard and a smile!!

I started by hanging the curtains a few weeks ago… I wanted something there to block my fence only view and diffuse some of the light that comes in.


I should have bought perhaps a heavier weight rod or may just longer… as it really sagged in the middle.  It was an impulse buy, last minute, not knowing the size I needed, but knew I wanted it for something moment, inside Target…  In hanging them, I literally just poked the rod through the side and made a small snip in the bottom to go through.  New sewing, yes they are hung to the side and I don’t mind it!! Whimsical!!

I used the posts from this footboard to make Mia’s bed- click here to see that.  But was left with the broken piece to create something with!! I had thought originally, I would use it above a door frame- but I just didn’t like it in that spot.  So one night looking into the kitchen I thought brilliant!! And said a small prayer it would be just long enough…


I wouldn’t have had to attach ribbon to hang because I had a great lip on the footboard, but the sides interfered with the top of my crown molding on the cabinets.  So I had to hang a little lower. Screwing on a wide heavy grosgrain was enough to hold the valance with nails.  And it was just another fun pattern to add to the already adorable valance!!



I used American Paint Company’s Coral Reef, Dollar Bill as the accent, and then stenciling done in Home Plate. I sanded away some of the stenciling for bit more aged look and waxed it with Maison Blanche Light Brown Wax.




And I know I keep promising a post on my cabinets… I promise I will.  But here’s a peek at them for now…


They are done in Annie Sloan Country Grey.


My walls are done in Restoration Hardware and the ceiling is Martha Stewart’s Horsehair- it really warms up the space. There are 7 full windows in my kitchen space and a ton of afternoon sunlight fills my whole downstairs everyday… white ceilings made that light so harsh and this really diffuses it and makes it just a warm and inviting space.  Still bright but in a perfect sort of way!!


And those are my other little pop of wonderful color!! From MB Franciscan Grey to APC Treasure Box… I love this color!!!

And a fun little chalkboard I keep with rotating recipes… although this one is the best and hasn’t been erased yet!!


Thanks for stopping in and I will see you again soon I hope!!




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  1. debbiedoos says:

    And those are adorable!!!!!!!!! Love the valance.

  2. Gigi Harlan says:

    Super cute curtains! The valance really makes the design pop, great idea!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina


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