Kitchen Updates with Fabric

Updates in the kitchen are ready to share!  I can’t believe this is all finally done. It feels so good. 🙂

Hopefully, you’ll see from today’s post how easy it is to update with fabric.  This plan has been simmering in my head for a few months, ever since I ran across a 5 yard fabric remnant earlier this Spring at Old Time Pottery, of all places.    I used part of it for pillows on my deck and had dreams of renewing my kitchen with new fabrics.   It’s the large scale floral below. Then, the hunt began for companion fabrics and I found them at Tonic Living. They have some really great modern fabrics and good prices too (and I’m not getting paid to say that!).  I loved the mix of the stripe and the yellow lattice fabric.  So, I had my 3 fabrics ready for the changes. I did a simple window treatment stapled on a board.  I figured that was something even I, a non-sewer, could handle.  And I think it turned out pretty good for a novice seamstress like me.  I’m very happy with how it brightens up the kitchen breakfast room and the best part, it all blends so well with the existing green paint (Laura Ashley Olive 4)  which I didn’t want to change.  This update cost me less than $100 and even that was almost an even trade, since one of my readers bought my old window treatment, along with the extra fabric and some of the hardware.  So, it was almost an even exchange!  You can’t beat that.  You can see in these pics that I added some charcoal trim along the top and bottom and I really love how that just gives it an extra punch and seems to bring it alive.  I railroaded (fancy term)  the fabric instead of turning it sideways to cut.  I didn’t mind it like this at all, since that scrolling vine of leaves and flowers was appealing to me. So, it’s all done!  I did take pics along the way to show you how I put this together. It’s not fancy and a real seamstress would laugh at how I did it, but I managed to make it work for me and I’m pretty darn proud of it.  It turned out just as I envisioned it in my head (and that’s always a good thing!).   I’ll do the tutorial later on, since I took plenty of pics along the way.   You’ll notice some pics down below were taken before I added the charcoal trim.  I didn’t want to retake all the pics. Close-up of the flat charcoal trim I found at Hancock’s.  I spent $20 just on the trim, but it was worth it and I think it adds a lot of punch.I shared recovering the chair seats here, just a couple weeks ago. Now, for the other changes in this space.  Do you see the addition here??  Yes! Those 3 fern botanicals are all framed and were perfect for above the antique French cupboard.  I’ll tell you all about those in a later post, but I couldn’t wait to share them.  Aren’t they gorgeous??  I added in a couple of my white urns in the cubbyholes of the cabinet. I moved the bunny lamp up on the shelf to better show off the botanicals.  Added a few yardsale finds along with it and that’s it for here. I kept it pretty simple with just a few pieces on top and my plate rack to the left.  It does sort of cover up one of the botanicals, but I don’t mind the layered look.   I love the old white plates above them that I found at a yardsale. Looking towards the dining room. One of my fave oil paintings that I found yardsaling too. Green Bordallo dishes that I’ve been collecting for years still have a place above the sink.

One side of the kitchen. And the other side.  Our kitchen is rather long and narrow, so there is no room for an island.  It functions very well though. Before the trim was added.  This is the white corner cabinet that I found and painted last year.  And you can see the transformation on it here and see the changes my kitchen has undergone in the last couple of years.  The whole view.  I decided against this rug. It was too small and moved around too much, but I like the color and pattern.  I’ll keep looking for the perfect one, but I do love, love how the fabrics brighten up the space. A final peek in from the living room.

So, here’s my lesson on bringing in new fabrics.  It really doesn’t take a whole lot of money to change out fabrics in a space like this. And as much as I love the neutrals, whites and grays that are OH so popular now, I just can’t bring myself to get rid of my color and start over with that look.  It’s just not me.  So, I stick to what works for us and color it is.

  • Find a fabric you can fall in love with.
  • Look for companion fabrics that might work too, think in groups of 3.
  • Use one for chair seats.
  • Mix the others around the room.

And that’s a mini-lesson in mixing fabrics and changing things around without spending a ton of money.  I’m really loving the updates.  Just a few tweaks here and there, along with the fresh vibrant fabrics really add a lot of energy to the space.

I love my kitchen and breakfast room!  Fabrics can really give a quick update.

Do you have a space that could benefit from some new fabric choices?  Tell me about it!

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- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, I think this is just super! I like what you did a lot. I loved the bunny fabric, too, but this is fun. Love that botanical you found as it has a more contemporary edge to it. And your chair seats look really nice where you recovered them in that geometric pattern. Fun to see. Thanks!


    Sheila 🙂

  2. Nicole-Lynn says:

    The fabric looks great! love how the fabrics are different, yet they coordinate so well together! This definitely inspires me to refinish some chair cushions in a similar fabric. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Rhoda, loved “studying” your vignettes cause that’s what I do when I love what I’m looking at. I “study” it. :=) It has so much interest. Love your new botanical prints and will be looking forward to hearing more about them.

  4. J’adore!!!! Love your new window. 🙂 Everything came together so nicely, Rhoda. 🙂

  5. It looks great, Rhoda! What a difference a change in fabric makes! Congratulations on doing it all for so little money–that feels good, doesn’t it? 🙂

  6. Everything looks fantastic, especially the breakfast nook! The fabric is to die for and the lantern was a perfect choice. Beautiful work, Rhoda 🙂

  7. Rhoda, I really like the changes – much lighter and fresher. The wall treatment with the fern prints and plates is very nice! Linda

  8. What a happy room! I really enjoyed the tour.

    p.s. I’m slowly making the changes you recommended in my living room and am really liking how it’s coming together…one slow change at a time 🙂

  9. Rhoda, that looks so good. Love the bright colors in the valance. Looks great for not being a seamstress. I love all the colors in your kitchen.

  10. I love the combination along with the addition of ribbon and a flirty ruffle/ pleat. It looks fun and up to date.

  11. Just beautiful!!! Thanks so much for the fabric link. I just redid our living room and will be posting it soon. I think the fabric I chose “made” the room, after the rug of course. lol Thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. I would be proud too! It looks fabulous Rhoda and I love the recovered chairs!

  13. It looks great, Rhoda! I love that yellow fabric that you used on the window treatment and the chair seats. I will miss your old treatment as it was one of my favorite fabrics {which I have some yardage of myself}! I also have some of the Bordallo pieces ~ love the tray, which I don’t have. Your fern prints are great in that spot. Fabric is definitely one of those quick ways to make a noticeable difference in a room.

  14. It looks gorgeous, Rhoda! I love the fabric on the window treatment and chairs. Love your Bordallo dishes, too.


  15. Hi Rhoda, I love love love the new window treatment. It’s gorgeous and I love that it’s a no sew. What a great combination of fabrics. The bunny lamp I would love to have, and the green two bunny plate — I used to have one, a favorite, until it broke 🙁 The window treatments in the dining room look beautiful, too. I could move right into your lovely home!!

  16. Hi Rhoda- do you know anything about the small white bowl on the right side of the cupboard? I have one just like it and 2 larger, blue ones that I just love- got one at a garage sale and one when our school took out our home ec lab, but no idea what they are or how old. Beautiful pics!

    • HI, Melinda, I don’t know anything about that white bowl, except I found it at a yardsale, if I remember right. It seems to be real pottery and I love it with its sort of rustic look. It looks to be a small mixing bowl maybe.

  17. Your kitchen looks beautiful, now, Rhoda. It was nice before, but it is so fun to update a space and I know whoever bought your wt’s will be having so much fun working with their space.
    Hugs, Cindy

  18. Your finished result is beautiful and it matches your paint color and decor wonderfully! You did a great job. Enjoy your new look!!!

  19. I LOVE the new fabrics. Brightens and updates the area so well! I found my new dining room chair fabric at OTP–a burlap/linen looking fabric. You have to kind of dig there, but you can find gems! Your fabric is beautiful!

  20. My whole house could use some fresh fabric! I am in dire need of new window treatments in the dining room. That will be top priority.

    I still love the botanicals you did this past summer. La

  21. Rhoda, I am loving your blog. Of all design/decorating sites I’ve seen, yours is the most down to earth and truly helpful. Your beadboard wallpaper post was so helpful. I am a young wife with a daughter and one due in 5 weeks. We just moved into our first home and I am trying to find things that will be homey while I save and raise my babies. Thank you for all the inspiration, decorating and beyond.
    With Love,

  22. It looks beautiful, Rhoda. I love the new fabrics. Yes, I do have a room that would benefit from new fabrics. 🙂 My dining room. I am planning to recover some chairs soon.

  23. Wow, Rhoda! I like the contemporary vibe to the vine fabric. But my favorite part is the little yellow geometric ruffle that matches the fabric on the chairs. Adorable!

  24. I love the color combinations Rhoda and the curtains give the nook added ‘oomph’ – !! I also wanted to comment on the pics of your house on another blog that I looked at yesterday…I especially love the beadboard in the bath, your blue bathroom and the zebra room – very chic!!

  25. Railroading the farbric was genius! It really shows off the vine design! Love all the new touches.

    Have you entered my CSN giveaway? Come enter!

  26. Rhoda, I love your new window treatment and reupholstered chairs. The fabric you chose is fabulous. All the details you put into the breakfast room and kitchen are beautiful.
    Hugs, Sherry

  27. love it!! definitely some things i’d like to try. great inspiration!!!
    that color is great…i actually have Olive 3 in 2 rooms of my house.
    😉 great job!

  28. Hey Rhoda, everything looks great! I love the new fabrics, especially the chairs. 🙂 Love seeing pics of your kitchen. So beautiful!

  29. It all looks just wonderful!! I think it’s so interesting how adding the charcoal trim really added to the look of the window treatment. I love it all!!!! Makes me want to get busy and do some changes to my space.

  30. Great job Rhoda. I love the fabric. Your home is lovely.

  31. Love the curtains. Nice fabrics. We are building a sunroom, so I will be looking for decorating ideas for that room soon!

  32. Rhoda, hi again. I would love for you to link this wonderful transformation to my party. You mentioned maybe linking. I know that would get me a lot more traffic. Only if you want to though.



  33. I love the fabrics and your new window treatment. The trim really adds a lot to make it look complete. Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen. We are planning to do some work in our kitchen and I was inspired by looking at yours.

  34. I LOVE it, Rhoda! I’m not a seamstress, either, so it is a very inspiring post for me. 🙂

  35. Great job Rhoda!! Love that valance you made! Everything looks lovely.

  36. Love the changes in the fabrics! I’m actually about to start a kitchen update myself and am going to be replacing/repainting some hardware. What color are your drawer pulls and knobs on your kitchen cabinets? I’m going to be painting my cabinets a taupe/gray/green color and I am not sure if I’m going to go for the oil-rubbed bronze look on my hardware or if I should do something else.

  37. Classy and Beautiful, as per usual! Love your fresh style and eye for design and details, Rhoda. Would love to come over for coffee in that cozy home of yours!

  38. Wow — what a beautiful kitchen. I love, love, love how you tied everything today. It looks so homey and comforting and the perfect place to spend quality time with family and friends. A very inspiring post! thanks for sharing!

  39. Nice job! I love the curtain!


  40. I love the colors in that fabric and the color on your walls, very complimentary! Beautifully done.

  41. I cant wait to re-cover my dining room chair bottoms. They’re so blah and I have a two year old and one due any day now, so they MUST hold up to high chairs and sticky hands! Im thinking a deep red floral to go with my red dining room walls. LOVE!

  42. Thank you Rhoda for linking up!

  43. Gorgeous fabric Rhoda! That treatment turned out “sew” beautifully!
    🙂 The colors are gorgeous and I am totally coveting the fabric on the chairs. Great job!

  44. Your kitchen is gorgeous & your fabric window treatment & other accents is great. I had a custom sewing business for years, & believe me, I’m not laughing. You did a great job.

  45. I just love your style..I have your chandelier and love the fabric, I think we are cut from the same cloth! Got here from Savvy Kim, glad I did!

  46. Big impact for so little money!

  47. Love, love, love your house. It is all simply gorgeous… I have the bunny plate that matches your BP pottery above my stove, I love that stuff too!

  48. Hello Hello,

    I have been away for a couple weeks….so glad I popped in, what a fresh new look !!!

    Kathy 🙂

  49. Hey Rhoda

    I love your new window treatments. You did an excellent job matching different patterns. All fabrics complement colours of your kitchen wall, furniture and accents. Love it! Your kitchen is very warm and inviting.
    I’m looking for fern prints like yours but have not luck…have to keep looking.

  50. Rhoda,
    Fantastic re-do!!! I absolutely love the window treatment….you do a great job! I especially love that floral fabric and the yellow on the chairs. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  51. Hi Rhoda….Love your kitchen update! That fabric is wonderful and you did a great job making the treatment! The trim does totally make it pop…what a great look…love it! 🙂

  52. Love the changes in the kitchen and the fabric and window treatment is perfection Rhoda! I have a blank canvas on a similar double hung window in my kitchen. I’m toying with hanging a simple red strip waverly fabric from it for now to see if I warm up to it. Hate to cut off any light in the room, so I love that yours is hung high. Love your style! stewcarol

  53. Rhoda,
    I love the changes! I have purchased fabric at Old Time Pottery too. They have some very nice pieces.
    The botanicals are great – I have been wanting some.


  54. Hi Rhoda! Oh, I don’t know how I missed your post! I love your new window treatment! And you did a great job you little nonsewer you! 🙂
    Love the fabrics you’ve chosen and you’re so right – the trim just really makes it! Love your breakfast room and your kitchen. Wish you could have joined my kitchen party last month!
    I’m going over to check out the fabric site you’ve told about.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  55. Your home is beautiful and I love your window treatment!! I picked up a pair of pillows from HomeGoods in that same large floral print a few months back and also a green lattice table cloth from Walmart to coordinate 🙂 We think a like 🙂 I’ll have to show you how they look early spring when I swap out my pillows….

    xo Rene


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