i should be mopping the floor: DIY Drapery Rod {on the cheap!}

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DIY Drapery Rod {on the cheap!}


I was inspired to create my own drapery rod after seeing the one Allison Hepworth created on her site. Mine ended up being quite a bit different {since I had to use two along my window wall in my dining room}, but I certainly wouldn't have thought to do this without inspiration from the House of Hepworths. Thanks, friend!





I started out with a piece of electrical conduit in 1/2 inch round thickness. It's only $1.25 at Lowe's. And I was able to get two rods out of it by sawing in half with a common hacksaw. {We do have that vice installed on our workbench that made this job way easy....thanks for installing the vice, Dad! We never even knew we'd need it so much}.

Here's what bummed me...I needed 11 feet of conduit, however the longest they come is 10 feet. Soooo...I decided to flank my windows with demi-rods that don't come across the window, but act as a frame for my window when the drapes are in place. I've seen it done in Ballard's a lot...therefore I deemed it a "normal" thing to do. We'll see if anyone thinks it's totally weirdo.

I purchased super cheap drawer pulls to finish the rods at the ends. These were two per pack for $2.59. I wrapped duct tape {yes, duct tape} around the base to beef it up so it fit nice & snug into the conduit.
Oh, and yes, I was painting that day...ignore my grubby, painted up hands in the photos!

I used the almighty Gorilla Glue around the base.

Then stuck it into the end of the conduit...making sure none of the duct tape actually showed. I applied pressure for all of ten seconds, wiped up the excess glue and let it dry for 24 hours. {I, of course, did this to each end of the pipe...and then repeated on my second rod}.

I used my favorite spray paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze {ORB}, along with primer to take this from industrial to dining roomish.

A little side by side comparison. Pay no attention to the complete lack of care we give our garage floor. We intend to one day paint it & fleck it...but right now, we just get a little wild and don't use drop cloths.

I already had existing hooks from a previous rod to hang these up. I also just finished painting the drapes for these rods {yes...I painted my drapes}:


To break down the cost, I spent $1.95 on the rod, which we got two rods out of. Then, the drawer pulls were $2.59 for a two-pack. I had my spray paint & primer on hand and barely used any of it for these. So, less than $4 per rod. Even if you had to purchase your paint, these would still be under $10...a lot better than Pottery Barn. I also LOVE the thickness of the rod...the cheaper ones in Walmart are skimpy and will easily bow under the weight of heavy drapery.

Love DIYing stuff for a fraction of the cost!









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18 comments:

  1. Another great diy project! We'd love it if you'd share this at our Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/
    and any other posts you'd like to share that have to do with homesteading and homemaking!

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  2. I actually like the whole demirod look. I bought some little wooden knobs to use as finials for my daughter's curtain rods, oh, 3 months ago. Still waiting on myself to actually finish that project. Can't wait to see yours all finished up!

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  3. What a great idea. Curtain rods are so expensive. Bet you could find some really big knobs to use on the end too.

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  4. What a great idea!!! Bookmarking this and gonna file it away to use when I finish up our bedroom this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. SO fun! I was thinking about doing something similar. I just ordered my drop clothes on Amazon yesterday, I think I will embellish them in some way. I was wondering about how I could make cheap rods, I might try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Wow, this is great! Now... to make a double rod so that you can drapery fabric and sheers! That's what I need :)

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  7. I had thought about something like this to do my windows with but was a little afraid. Yours turned out so wonderfully that I'm not afraid to do it anymore! And I DO like how you have your drapes at the ends of the windows. :)

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  8. Ack! I'm so doing this in our next house! Love it, pinned it!

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  9. I love how yours came out! I saw the hepworth idea and was wondering what you could do if the rods weren't long enough. Nice work!

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  10. Yay, it turned out so awesome!!! Don't you love making cool stuff for so cheap?!

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  11. You just made my day. I made the rods and was look for even cheaper alternatives to buying finials at Ikea. You just found it for me. Genius!! Thank you...

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  12. Very Nice. Thanks for the idea! I have been going a little nutty trying to find WHITE rods for my daughter. I can only find off-white and I refuse to pay full price for something I am just going to spray paint. (no luck at yard sales so far) This solution would work for us and I could get a little funky with those knobs to make it little kidd-ish. Thanks again!

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  13. Very cool (and cheap!!!) idea! Love this, I've pinned it to do sometime in the future. Thanks for the tips!
    Debbie :)

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  16. OMG!!! Im so laughing right now as you are so totally my kinda gal from your crazy rods to your 1000 pound painted awesome drapes!!!I totally GET YOU!!!! Baby your the greatest!!Keep on being that origonal spirit!!Deidre~ Http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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