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)