Green Kitchens recently posted a wikiHow article titled How to Make and Install Kitchen Cabinet Curtains: Overview: “Cabinet curtains will soften the look of your kitchen. When hung with small ring clips, they are easy to use and will accordion fold to the left or right when opened. It’s a wonderful convenience feature during food preparation to just leave them open while going into the same cabinets frequently. Their cost is very minimal compared to replacing cabinets or cabinet doors. Wide width wood cabinet door panels are made from older growth trees. If you do need to remodel, keeping your original wood cabinet frames and just adding cabinet curtains is a very eco-friendly way to go!” Read the 10 easy “how-to” steps in the wikiHow article.
A lot of designers love the look and functionality of kitchen cabinet curtains but don’t know exactly how to make them look professional. The hardest part, really, has been finding the right mounting hardware called barrel brackets. They are not expensive. Find BARREL BRACKETS in with “Remodeling Essentials” on Green Kitchens’ Eco-Products page. The easier task of measuring, making curtains, and installation is covered in the wikiHow article.
Cabinet curtains are also ideal if you have one or two kitchen cabinet doors that damaged for one reason or another. For example, the cabinets used most often may have their door fronts scrubbed more often so the finish is worn off on just them. It’s near impossible to replace one cabinet and have it match the others. If the damage is on a base cabinet, then the work of removing the counter-top first would makes it seem logical to replace all the cabinets. However, shockingly, the cost of replacing all kitchen cabinets and counters is usually more expensive than the cost of replacing the roof on a house. Instead, installing one cabinet curtain on the affected cabinet. It will help you decide if you like the look and functionality of kitchen cabinet curtains for more of your cabinets.
If you have a sewing machine there is nothing easier in the world to make than the curtains as described in the wikiHow article (linked above). They are basically a hem on all four sides of a rectangular piece of cloth. When choosing fabric avoid very light colored solids as they will show spots, and you may want to avoid very large very colorful prints as they can be too busy for an already busy kitchen. Subtle prints using earth tones to match shades in wood or tile; or shades of gray to match stainless steel seem to work well. If you use a drill a tape measure, and a screwdriver you can handle the installation. Most hardware stores will cut the 3/8″ rod(s) to exact length. Barrel brackets for the rods can be found on Green Kitchens’ Eco-products page.
So when feeling inspired just go to the wikiHow article and make yourself a kitchen cabinet curtain or two. Let us know how it turns out, and please send us pictures with permission to publish it on Green Kitchens’ website. Have fun, Barbara
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