Do you know why you collect what you collect? One day recently while I was deep in thought pondering this very question I came up with the crazy idea of making a rolling pin window valance as part of my kitchen makeover adventure.
I became a wooden rolling pin collector a few years ago. Why? I honestly don’t know.
I never use them for their intended purpose, but for some reason I can’t leave a reasonably priced one behind at the thrift stores. Especially ones that show signs of rolling more than their fair share of dough. I feel like I need to rescue them and bring them home.
But what is it about them that captures my imagination? You’d think after all these years I’d have it all figured out, but nope. Sometimes I’m still a mystery to me.
So far I have a collection of 18 retired wooden rolling pins, and today I’m sharing how I brought one of them out of retirement and gave it a repurposed life.
How to Make a Rolling Pin Window Valance
Luckily I had the perfect retiree for the window space that I’m working with, and all I needed to put it back into usefulness was some 1 1/4″ hooks, red paint, a red pen or marker, a hammer and a finishing nail.
After mulling over a few phrases for the front of the pin I printed out the one I chose in 90 pt Arial Blackfont.
It was important to me that this window valance tie in with the punched tin panels on my newly painted kitchen cupboards, so I outlined the letters with holes with my nail and hammer.
I think you’d have to be a code breaker to figure out what this says… so…
I played join the dots with the red marker.
This retiree came with plain wooden handles, so it got a quick handle makeover.
Then a little perfectly harmless surgery was performed.
How to Hang a Rolling Pin Window Valance
This is the original little outside window behind the stove area that now looks into the family room addition. I measured where my pin would hang and screwed in two 1 1/4″ hooks.
Then I removed one of the wooden handles….
popped the bar that goes through the body of the pin over one hook…
fit the rolling pin between the two hooks, and pushed the bar through on top of the hook on the other side.
Then I simply pushed the other wooden handle back on the other side.
I love redwork embroidery and these words kinda have that look to me.
To me these three simple little words mean life is short so go for it… and let it roll.. whatever you’re it is.
And don’t sweat the small stuff.
I went through my many many vintage kitchen gadget thingies and hung them in a valance looking kinda way.
The whisk isn’t vintage, but I’m on the lookout for one. It’s the only other thing I had that was long enough to balance the egg beater on the left, and it’ll do until I find a vintage one.
The best thing about this is I can just pop the gadgets off the hooks and use them anytime I want, and anytime I find a cool vintage thing I can easily switch things out.
Or I can just look at them and enjoy them. That, I must say, is much more likely, especially when I find a vintage whisk.
You’ll see how this window looks with the rest of the kitchen when I share my final reveal. That’s still a few projects down the road.
My goal for this kitchen makeover is to get my collections out into the open where I can actually see them. What a concept! What good are they doing me in boxes or in storage?
A few more rolling pin retirees will be joining this one in the kitchen, so I guess that’s why I collected them. I must have known, subconsciously, that I was going to need them even though I didn’t know for what.
That’s as good a reason an any, at least for me.
So I’m letting this kitchen adventure roll, and I’m enjoying the project journey along the way.
I hope you are too. 🙂
Don’t forget to pin it!
If you liked this rolling pin window valance project you might also enjoy my repurposed rolling pin wind chime tutorial.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time… let it roll… and