Sunday, June 24, 2012

Make Your Own Custom Curtain Rod For Very Little Money

Now that I've shown you my living room, I will share how I made the custom curtain rod over the large front window.
For this project, I basically just followed the directions I found HERE, with the help of my handy hubby. 
To make this, you will need:
  • 1/2" electrical metal tubing conduit
  • 2 or 3 L brackets depending on the length if you need one in the middle or not
  • 1/2" conduit straps for each bracket
  • nuts and bolts for each bracket
  • finials
  • spray paint
  • tools
I purchased all these things at Ace Hardware, except for the finials which were a lucky hand me down from my awesome S-I-L. Thanks sis :) If you need any help, just ask the store employees, they will know what you are talking about even if you don't! They can also cut the tubing for you so make sure you measure before hand. It just so happened that the length it came in was perfect for our big front window so no cutting was necessary for this one.
First I sanded the tubing. This takes just a minute to quickly go over then wipe down.

We then hung the tubing with string from a clothesline in the backyard so I could easily spray paint it. For this step, use whatever genius idea you can come up with to spray it!

I also stuck my finials in a cardboard box and sprayed them as well. Do the same with all the brackets, nuts and bolts, etc.

Then attach the straps to the brackets and measure, mark, and screw in the brackets to the wall.

I then had to put the curtains on the rod first because they wouldn't fit over the finials. Then I hot glued the finials into the rod.

Then hang it up, step back, and enjoy your terrific handiwork!
We LOVE how this turned out and it was so easy and cost less than $10 for a huge custom curtain rod.

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