Curtains have been hung in the dining room and living room! Progress!
A few weeks ago I shared that I was wanting to hang curtains in the living room and dining room I have been slowly working away at. I was appalled by the price of extra long curtain rods, so I went in search of some inexpensive DIY options and found tons of inspiration.
Using lots of tips from the inspiration I had pinned, I headed to the hardware store and left with the supplies for 3 curtain rods.
- 1/2 inch Electrical Conduit – $2 for a 10 foot length
- Corner braces – $3 for a pack of 4
- 1/2 inch One hole straps – $3 for a pack of 25
- Nuts and bolts to attach the straps to the braces – $1.50 for a pack of 5
The conduit and straps were found with the electrical supplies, the corner braces were near the cabinet hardware.
All of the necessary materials for my 3 curtain rods (including one that was extra long) came to $14.50. That is totally amazing in my opinion.
Tip: They will cut the electrical conduit to length for you at the store. But be sure you ask very nicely. When I bought mine, the man told me they do not cut it there…but he cut it as he was speaking. If you would rather just cut it at home, a simple hacksaw should do the job.
I decided to spray paint all of my hardware to get the look I wanted. Be sure to use spray primer first to help the paint adhere. I used spray paint I had on hand – Rustoleum Metallic in the color charcoal.
Attach a strap to each corner bracket using a nut and bolt.
Simply use the screws that came with the corner brackets to attach the hardware to the wall. (You may also need to use anchors depending on what type of walls you have and how heavy your curtains are).
Then attach your curtains or curtain rings to your rod and pop it into the brackets.
I also found another option if you want inexpensive curtain rods but you don’t want to deal with putting the pieces together yourself. In the curtain section at Lowes, they sell individual curtain brackets for around $5 each. If you pair these with electrical conduit you will still save a fair amount of money over store packaged curtain rods, though they won’t be as inexpensive as they are when you gather the pieces yourself.
The curtains I chose to use are bleached Lenda panels from Ikea – again beautiful but frugal at only $20 for two 96 inch panels. I have to make a confession though – I have had these curtains ready to hang in the living room for almost a year. Talk about putting things off.
I did (hopefully) learn my lesson though because when I went to hang them, I found that one set was clearly off. They were extremely wrinkled and nowhere near as long as the others. The two panels that came in the package weren’t even the same length as each other.
Since I had procrastinated so long, returning them was pretty much out of the question. And unfortunately the closest Ikea is three and a half hours away. Luckily, I take a roadtrip there every fall with girlfriends and I discovered the problem right before our annual trip last Saturday. So I was able to pick up a replacement pair easily. And I’m sure that I will find some other use for the wonky pair. If nothing else, they are the perfect candidates to dye and use for fabric.
These curtains are a tab-top style, something I have never been a fan of, but I wasn’t quite ready to take away the tab-top option forever. So I simply folded the tabs behind the curtains and used curtain rings to attach them to the rods.
Even though they are simple white curtains, they make a world of difference as far as softening the room. I also finally added an end table to disguise the modem and router.
The next step is to get some furniture in the dining room. Those curtains are looking mighty lonely.
I am sharing this project at Get Your DIY On.
So what do you you think of these crazy cheap curtain rods? What other super cheap DIY projects have you tried lately? I’d love to see them.