Flipping My Repurposed Lids

Sometimes we don’t see the decor opportunities that are right in front of us, staring us in the face every single day. That’s how it was with this repurposed lids project, which I could have done years ago… but it never occurred to me until now.

I’ve been collecting vintage and antique pot lids for a long time now. Why? I don’t really know. 🙂

Just waiting for a some day project I think. Isn’t everything? lol. Well, not quite but almost.

Well some day has finally arrived for a few of my faves. Yay!

vintage repurposed lids window valance

I have about 16 vintage and antique pot lids in various finishes, shapes, and sizes.

Some are silver plate, some are aluminum. and some are enamel.

Because I’m very picky about what lids I’ll bring home it’s just a small collection, but I love it.


vintage repurposed lids window valance

Little Miss Pixie volunteered to be my assistant. She’s a real cutie patootie.

After giving window one an egg beater window valance, and window two a grater owl window valance... I looked into my stashes to see what else I could find that I’d enjoy seeing every day.

For this repurposed lids project all you need is a few cool vintage pot lids to fit the width of your window. Lids that are sort of flat work the best.

Pixie and I are using 3 antique pot lids that I found on the Cooperstown road trip that John and I took last fall, and 2 enamel lids that I thrifted locally.


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This is the third and last kitchen window to get the repurposed treatment.


vintage repurposed lids window valance

Assuming your pot lids will be as light as the ones we’re using you don’t have to drill holes in them to hang.

All you need is some jute twine, gorilla tape, and scissors.

You could also use those adhesive strips that you can buy for picture hanging, but I’m too cheap thrifty for that. 🙂


vintage repurposed lids window valance

Tying a knot in the jute twine about half way down stops the twine from pulling through the gorilla tape so the lids don’t fall.

Place the twine so it’ll be just below the top of the lid when it’s hanging. This is so you can’t see the twine or the nail it’s hanging on.

The antique aluminum lids are as I found them. They have a lovely patina that I didn’t want to mess with.


vintage repurposed lids window valance

To hang all you need are 1″ finishing nails.


vintage repurposed lids window valance

This repurposed lids window valance was so quick and easy to do.

I didn’t time myself, but it probably took me 20 minutes tops.

If you don’t have vintage pot lids, but like their round look there are other things you could use. I think those vintage bamboo picnic plates that I see all time would be cool.


vintage repurposed lids window valance

But wait! Something’s missing!

That faux stained glass fixture is gone. Yay!  It was dark and dated, and it didn’t let enough light into the room. It will definitely be repurposed in some way some day.

So next up is the repurposed light fixture that replaced it. I’ll be sharing that later this week so stay tuned.


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UPDATE: Here’s my pot lid valance with the my repurposed graters light.

It really gives a lot more light and it’s fun and funky.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. ColleenB. says:

    Clever idea and makes for a very cute valance;.
    Your kitchen needs to be shown off in a Better Home and Garden magazine or other

    1. Thanks Colleen! That is so sweet of you to say. 🙂

  2. I used a stained glass light shade like that outside with a solar light. Turned it upside down in a flower pot & added the solar light inside.

    1. That is a fabulous idea for a stained glass light shade Mandy! I bet it looks very pretty at night.

  3. That is so cute Tuula! Your whole kitchen is coming together so nicely! I agree with Colleen…you ought to be in a magazine!

    1. Thanks so much Florence! This kitchen makeover has been such a fun labour of love. Lots and lots of labour. lol.

  4. Without Little Miss Pixie’s help you’d have probably finished it quicker! But I don’t know what I’d do without help from my little darlings! You can tell she’s very happy to be helping and she certainly is photogenic! Can’t wait to see the light fixture!

    1. Yes my little helpers often have their own ideas about what helping really means. lol.

  5. I just love all your repurposed window treatments, very clever!


    1. Thanks so much Tania! Now I’m got my eyes on all the other windows in my house. It’s been so much fun. 🙂

  6. Mary Boger says:

    Fascinating!! It’s so neat to see the things you’ve collected being
    displayed in a somewhat unconventional manner. I dispose buying
    curtains or drapes and these clever alternatives make me smile!
    So much more interesting than shelves. It won’t surprise me if
    you and Miss Pixie do something else unexpected…..like repurpose
    the kitchen sink!! Lol! Have a good day.

    1. Thanks Mary! I’m really enjoying having the things that I’ve collected out where I can see them, and I do actually have a few sinks in my gardens as planters. Not my own though. lol.

    1. Thanks very much Kris! This repurposing thing is so much fun. 🙂

  7. Fabulous! Those lids just happen to fit perfectly for the width of the window. Love it!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! It was quite lucky that I had some pot lids in my collection that would fit.

  8. Been house sitting and almost missed this one! Another great window idea! I have a friend in California who collected the lids from old soup tureens and the like…all in the blue and white….willow? pattern. Made a striking wall decor. And have you ever seen the valence “Somewhat Quirky” did? That’s her blog. It’s with plates. Harder to do than yours, though. You keep it real for folks like me!! Keep it up, girl!!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! The blue and white lid idea sounds fabulous, and no I’ve never seen that plate valance. I’m sure it’s beautiful, but does sound rather hard to do. I’m a simple gal. lol.

    1. Thanks very much Christina! I’m happy to have come of my collection of old pot lids out where I can enjoy them. They weren’t doing me any good hidden away in my craft studio closet.