Certain elements of apartment architecture make no sense. Take this beam over my sink for example:
Why? Maybe it braces the cupboards in some way, since each set only touches the wall on one side. (The cupboards on the other side of the kitchen run wall-to-wall.) If this is a support mechanism of some sort, well, fine, but it’s kind of ugly, no?
My lack of enthusiasm for this strange beam, paired with my remorse over not having a kitchen window, got the wheels turning in my head. How could I disguise that horizontal piece and bring a bit of light over the sink? I’ll tell you.
I enlisted help. My friend Molly is a sewing-machine whiz, so she kindly whipped up a valance for me out of some candy striped fabric I bought. There’s still no color scheme for the kitchen; I’m working on it, but I figured a patterned valance would give me color choices to play off of later. Here it is:
The black cord in the bottom corner runs up to a clip-on desk lamp I clipped over the beam. I turn it on when I do dishes, and it nicely illuminates the task at hand. Let me show you a better view of the “sunshine” I see out my “kitchen window.”
It reminds me to smile…how can I resist when I see those blissed-out celestial friends?
Posted by Maria on August 4, 2011