'F' for Fabric Kitchen

Deciding on New Kitchen Curtains

I now present to you a series of awkward photos in which I stand on my countertops, holding up fabric to the window in approximation of curtains. Ready?

BHLDN Rifle Paper Photo Backdrop
(the photo backdrop)

BHLDN Rifle Paper Tablecloth
(the tablecloth)

That’s a photo backdrop and a tablecloth, both by Rifle Paper Co. for BHLDN. I bought them to use in a baby shower theme photo shoot, and as I was falling asleep the other night, I realized they would make awesome kitchen curtains.

The backdrop’s pattern is larger and I thought it might be too overwhelming, but now I think I like it better. Which is good, because the tablecloth is no longer available and it was going to break my heart a little to cut the fabric up. (I’d been searching eBay for another, but no luck.) Which one do you prefer? Wait, don’t answer yet… there’s more.

Let there be light!

BHLDN Rifle Paper Backdrop, Single Layer
(the photo backdrop)

BHLDN Rifle Paper Tablecloth, Single Layer
(the tablecloth)

The first and third photos are the photo backdrop, and the second and fourth photos are the tablecloth. Note that they don’t look so bleached out when the sun shines through them in real life (just when I think I’ve figured out my camera, whoops, blown out windows).

I’m thinking the backdrop is the winner. Yes?

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  • Candice Jackson
    September 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Good gracious. Even with reading which fabric was in which photo I still got confused. Upon detailed inspection, I like the backdrop as well. Big, bold and less detail in the pattern and yet the sun still shines! Go for that one!

  • Jennifer
    September 19, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Oooo they’re both gorgeous — sorry, no help here — I like them both!

  • Lindsey
    September 19, 2012 at 1:24 am

    All the good ideas come just as you’re falling asleep!! I think less is more, so I’d go for the more subtle pattern.

  • georgia
    September 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

    You got a vote for backdrop and nice striped dress ;))

  • Eileen
    September 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Yes! Backdrop! Awesome fabric.

  • Debora
    September 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I liked the first one better, even though both are really pretty.
    And I like your dress very much too. :)

  • annie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I like The backdrop better

  • FringeGirl
    September 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Love the back drop! And cute dress by the way. :-)

  • Jenna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Where did you get that adorable dress?

  • Jenna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Backdrop vote here. Though I like the both a whole lot and they are very similar, so I don’ think you can really go wrong.

  • Lucy
    September 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Love the first one!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    September 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I usually get my husband to climb on the countertops ;) I like both but the backdrop has a tad more pink and seems more you.

  • Lynell
    September 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Love the backdrop too, great fabrics!

  • LeeAnn
    September 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

    If you are doing the same style curtain the backdrop would look great! Any plans for your old curtain? I love the print but can’t find it anymore. :( If you ever wish to resell it, I would be interested if its still in good condition.

  • Melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love them all and love your dress. I say use the backdrop so you don’t ruin the tablecloth.

  • eskimo*rose
    September 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

    They both look gorge, so go for the one where you don’t have to destroy a pretty table cloth … I see you went for the red dress!

  • Jenn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Definitely the backdrop! PLEASE!!!!! Don’t destroy that gorgeous table cloth!

  • Michelle L.
    September 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Such lovely fabric! I think I like the larger print better too … even though they both make me drool. ;)

  • Sierra
    September 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Yes on the back drop version!

  • Elizabeth
    September 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    LOVE them as curtains. I scored that same lovely tablecloth from BHLDN on sale *great price!* and used it for our 10 year wedding anniversary pop up party on the beach. Have you washed yours yet? I was too afraid the bright color would fade so I’m shelling out $29 have it dry cleaned.


  • Kelly McK
    September 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Love the backdrop option!!

  • Merideth
    September 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Totally wish that I had bought that tablecloth, I am kicking myself for it now! If you ever want to sell it…or if you cut it up to make curtains I would totally buy the remnants so I could make a lovely curtain! So I guess my vote is for the tablecloth, haha!

  • Jessie
    September 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I just have to mention – I laughed to myself when I saw you slipped in another striped dress after you said you were done talking about them. =]
    Sneaky! Haha, striped dresses are the best though.
    Love both options for the curtains!
    Take care!

  • MadlyClumsily
    September 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I vote for the tablecloth

  • Nuit
    September 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    like the first :) nice legs!!!

  • sarah
    September 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Rifle in a textile? Oh my word I nearly fainted. I would put either one up, but I think I like the backdrop best. Oh, how I’m wanting those now.

  • Marta
    September 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I would cover all my walls with Rifle and sew my clothes in it too!

  • Jill Browning
    September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I vote tablecloth. I like the bigger pattern of the backdrop, but I need the pattern to cover the entire thing.

  • Melissa | I Still Love You
    September 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Definitely the backdrop! I like how the flowers don’t go all the way down to the bottom, giving sort of a peek-a-boo effect. (at least that’s what it looks like in the photo). I’m excited to see what you decide!

  • designchic
    September 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Love them both, but think I’d pick the backdrop – can’t wait to see!!

  • Vivien
    September 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    So pretty! I’d go with the backdrop. I love your dress by the way. Also, I’ve been at war..I got some red stockings/panty hose (out of impulse) what would you go with them? Need help! Thank you!

  • Holly
    September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love the pattern!

    I’ve never seen that site, but everythign is so lovely! I am sad that I got married in the days when Jordan almonds were the standard favor and no one did the fabulous decorating/obsessing over weddings.

  • Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life
    September 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I like them both, but I think I’m with you..I couldn’t bare to cut up that beautiful tablecloth!

  • Catherine
    September 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    You’re so cute! I think I like the backdrop better too. I love Eleanor’s sneak peak into the last pic :)

  • Kari
    September 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Whatever the all-over print one is… the tablecloth I guess?? SO cute!

  • Jennifer Hale-Sanders
    September 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Just started reading your blog, it is now on my daily look through. Thanks for the inspiration. First one gets my vote.

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  • Sarah W
    September 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    My vote is for backdrop!

  • brooke
    September 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

    back drop

  • Jessica
    September 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Backdrop. G*d, it’s gorgeous! <3

  • Meredith
    September 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Love the pattern! Definitely the backdrop, can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Jessica
    September 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ok, I have to ask. How heavy is the backdrop? I’ve been trying to find curtains or roman shades for my office and I think this might actually be perfect to match my palette. I’ll have to buy three and have them cut, etc.

  • Vanessa
    September 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I like the photo backdrop best as well!

  • katie
    September 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    definitely the photo backdrop

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  • how2home
    September 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Love the backdrop and your dress is too adorable!

  • Ilene
    October 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Just wanted you to know that I bought that red dress from Anthropolie today–I do love it so! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    December 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Love your Kitchen!!! Where did you get the drawer pulls?

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