Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Baby's Room: Cheap DIY Curtain Rods

I don't know about you, but I hate spending money on things that are utilitarian.  Curtain rods are one of those things.  When I first bought this house, I used copper pipe in all the rooms as a cheaper-than-retail option of being able to hang curtains and still feed myself. 

When we built The Kid's room, I had hung valances over both the windows, so I used the cheapy metal rods because they wouldn't be seen. 

Here's a shot so you can see what I'm talking about.

They were fine for the valances, but in the process of turning this into Baby's room, I wanted to hang curtains.

I shopped a few different places and found some at Joann's for half off.  
Still, it was almost $40 bucks for the two windows.  
So I headed to Home Depot.
I bought a 10' length of PVC pipe for $6.
I had them cut it in the store to the 6' length I needed for the double window - the remaining 4' would work for the single window.
I also bought a can of black spray paint specifically for plastic. 
It was close to $4 bucks.

The mounting brackets I already had because I had used them for the copper pipe.
They're the cheap gold ones you can find anywhere. 
I had painted them copper years ago, so I gave them a coat of black spray paint as well.
I used three brackets for the double window, two for the single, and it was good to go.

Here's my $10 dollar curtain rods for the Baby's room:

Notice the finials?  
Those were from the bag 'o random stuff from the estate sale
Remember that load of stuff for $3?!  
See, I knew it would come in handy.
I just painted them black and stuck them in the ends of the pipe.
Do you remember what else I scored at that sale?
Well, it's officially, sanded, painted, and set up in the room.
Sorry, no sneak peeks. 
You'll have to come back to see what color I went with.  :o)


  1. you are so Genius girl! fab idea, and CAN'T WAIT to see what you did with the baby bassinet!

  2. The rods look good...great idea, so thrifty :) I really can't wait to see the finished room. I love the paint color and I spy a tree with birds. Yippee!

  3. you are so dang resourceful! That looks great. Love the shades!

  4. This is so much fun. We're getting so close now,..woohoo. I love that paint colour too.

  5. Thanks for joining the Link It Up Thursday party. :)

  6. It turned out great!! You wouldn't know that you didn't just buy them like that!

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