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A Creative Way to Hide Kitchen Clutter

I have a vintage table in my kitchen that is too small for our family to use for dining, but it's perfect for extra work space. I know it doesn't look vintage, but it's part of a set that belonged to my great grandmother, so it's been around for a little while.

I've considered replacing it with a stainless steel utility card with storage underneath, since I need a place to stash the punch bowl and a few things I don't use to often. But, I realized that a utility cart wouldn't help reduce the cluttery look. And I like my table, anyway.

So, I put the stuff that I store under the table on a little cart (which is really a board that my kids put casters on for something else and they no longer needed). And then I worked on hiding the stuff.
The table makes a nice coffee brewing station. 

I knew I couldn't block the baseboard heat, but wanted to hide the stuff. So I picked up two spring-loaded curtain rods and some fabric. I was thrilled to get it for half off.
 I sewed a rod pocket at the top and used the full width of the fabric so I could use the salvage edges on the sides and didn't have to hem those. On the side of the table, the spring loaded rode fits between the table legs.
 I didn't think too carefully about lining up the plaid on both sides. I wanted to save fabric, but now, considering how it would only have been a few inches of lost may have been wise. Oh well!
The curtain on the longest side is split in the middle for easy access to the stuff.

I love it! No one has to see my clutter, and the whole thing took me less than 2 hours.Total cost: around $10 for curtain rods and $16 for fabric. I only covered the two sides that are visible to the room.

How do you hide clutter in the kitchen? 


  1. Fabulous idea! Love the color. I'm looking for ways to gain some extra storage for my dining room. Thanks for the tip about using tension rods :)

    Roxana @

  2. Love that table!!! Thought that I would do this in the laundry room for the folding table!!

  3. You did a great job on the curtains it looks beautiful. I like it that you put the curtain "inside" so you can still see the legs.

  4. love this! Te color is wonderful! I'm fortunate to now have a kitchen with lots of cabinets - we also have hoosier cabinet to hold extra stuff -



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