Nothing makes a room feel more finished than hanging up curtains. Considering we currently have two rooms in our house with curtains hanging, we’ve got a ways to go! (Don’t worry, we have blinds!) If you have been following along with my sunroom renovations you have seen how many windows we have! It was one of the things that really made me fall in love with our house. Floor to ceiling windows make for a really pretty sunroom! But friends, curtain rods, especially LONG curtains rods, can really break the bank! And that’s before you even shop for your curtains to hang on them. What’s a girl to do?
DIY. That’s what.
Here’s a little sneak peak of how these babies turned out. Ready to make your own? Keep on reading!
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- Measuring Tape
- 1 1/2 in Dowel Rods
- Dowel Screws (to connect dowels)
- 2 or more Wooden Corbel Braces
- Dry Wall Screws
- Cordless Drill
- 2 inch Hole Saw
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Stain of your choice
First things first. Measure the length of your windows and add an inch or two to each side to purchase the correct length of dowel rods. You can buy dowel rods that are super long and can be cut to the size you need. OR, if you are like me and need a really long one but can’t fit it in your car, use dowel rods connectors! I’ve linked them above in the supplies list just in case!
These are basically double headed screws that you can use to connect the dowels end to end. It was cheaper to buy the shorter (pre-cut) rods and connect them than to buy one really long one. Once you have your rod the length you want it, set that baby aside!
Time to work on your brackets! On my single window, I used two brackets at each end. On my longer rows of windows, I used brackets on each end AND between each window. Plan accordingly.
You will need to connect your hole saw to the end of your drill. This little guy is SO NEAT! It attaches to your drill like a drill bit and drills perfect circles into wood. For this project, you want to cut out semi-circles for your rod to sit in.
Mark the spot you want to drill on each bracket. I just picked a spot at the top of my bracket about an inch from the front. Measure and mark each bracket the SAME so the rods sit straight.
Some of my cut holes were slightly rough, so I used sandpaper to smooth the edges a bit.
I hung all my brackets and curtain rods prior to staining them to make sure everything fit and I didn’t need to make any extra cuts. Use a level to make sure everything is hanging correctly. I used a cordless drill and dry wall screws since I knew they were unlikely to hang into the studs.
Next, stain your brackets and dowel rods. I used Varathane in American Walnut. I love this stain and I have so much of it so it was perfect.
Some words of advice for those who have not used stain.
- Wear latex gloves!
- Cover your surface. I like to use tin foil because the stain can’t bleed through it.
- Use an old rag and work the stain WITH the wood grain. Wipe off extra.
- Do not stain in humid weather or it will take forever to dry. Stain indoors and out of direct sunlight.
- Use light thin coats. You can always add extra.
Let everything dry really well before hanging these. I was so tempted to hang them and put the curtains up because I was so excited, but white curtains and fresh stain is NOT a good mix!
I was SO excited with how they looked after they were stained! They made the room really warm and I love how they complement my dark hardwood floors.
There ya have it folks! Easy, pretty and budget friendly! I love these more than any store bought ones I have seen.
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