Monday, May 26, 2014

diy electrical conduit curtain rods and curtains cont.

So I am not generally one to jump on a band wagon, but this concept and price was too good to refuse. It started months and months ago... between needing to paint the trim, then needing to clean up the hardware (more on that later) it seemed as if this project would never end.

We went the electrical conduit route for our curtain rods (3/4" $4/10ft), spray painting them oil rubbed bronze (like everything else $6). Then from the curtain rod aisle picked up some generic rod holders (called 3/4" cafe bracket for 4.50/pack) that were already oil rubbed bronze, though we ended up spraying the bottom part as they didn't quite match. The rods didn't fit perfectly in the holders, but after just a bit of banging with a rubber mallet we were good to go. We got most of our stuff at the local Home Depot.

For the shorter windows, we used a shark bite to cut the conduit down to size. Very easy and inexpensive product that basically clamps and rotates around the pipe until it is cut cleanly.

I am trying to hang the curtains higher than I have in the past to give the appearance of height to our 9 foot walls, though leaving space for crown molding eventually.

For the finials I ended up picking up these 70% off shatter proof ornaments from Target for a couple dollars to spray paint. I put some nails in a spare board then stood them up on them to spray paint.

Some of them actually still show through their original color faintly, but I decided that I liked it rather than giving them another coat.

More drop cloth curtains as seen here before and after I stitched them up. In these pictures I had under shot the number if rings I would need.

The curtain rods were left like this for a while as I pondered how to attach the finials. Finally I came up with an idea. I made molds out of toilet paper rolls, fitted them inside one of the spare pieces of electrical conduit. Then filled them with air dry clay that I had leftover from this project. I attached the ornament to the end, then allowed them to dry. After they were dry, I removed the paper. I made sure each finial fit (learning that those I made 2 inches were better than the shorter ones) last coating them with Modge Podge to insure that the air dry clay wouldn't crumble over time.

Finally complete! ... about 6 months to a year later oh progress why are you such a fickle mistress

living room with drop cloth curtains

dining room
So Granny (as we colloquially call the elderly woman we purchased our home from) left these yellow curtains from Pottery Barn and I decided to put them to use. They are a little bright for my taste, but why turn down free right?

guest bedroom with diy roman shades (here) and curtains (here)

bonus room with more diy roman shades and back tab thermal curtains from jcp that we have had for ages

unused bedroom with diy roman shades in white and diy curtains in a navy linen leaf print from Joann's

master bedroom with more diy roman shades and diy drop cloth curtains (these curtain rods we already owned)

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings! I am obsessed with layered curtains... though not sure yet if I feel satisfied with the pattern on the roman shades in the master bedroom... the curtains in the bonus room... or even that yellow. Honestly my favorites are probably the drop cloth curtains in the front living room and the layered look in the purple/gray guest bedroom. Any suggestions?