Monday, June 11, 2012

My Fancy Dancy Curtain Rods


How many of you actually pull your curtains closed?  Of course, that may have been their original intention way back when windows didn't keep the cold out and shades had not yet been invented, but I'm guessing that most of us use them for decoration and the much needed sound absorption of our screaming 3 year olds.

Think Debbie, how can you find a creative way to hang your curtains and not spend a gazillion dollars on an unnecessary, super-long curtain rod?  ***DING*** (That's the sound of the lightbulb going off in my head).  The answer:  a towel holder, or bar, depending on your lingo.

For under $5 each, I purchased the wooden honey oak towel holders at Home Depot.  The beauty of this baby is you can cut the dowel to the size you need AND you can paint, distress, and glaze them. And I did just that.


After pulling them out of the package, I got out my handy dandy (fancy dancy) can of black spray paint.  I gave them a coat or two, not forgetting the little plastic covers that fill the screw holes.  After the paint was dry, I took some fine sandpaper and distressed the edges.

Top one is distressed, bottom is not

Next, I grabbed some turquoise paint I had laying around and rubbed it all over the wood.  I let it dry for maybe 15 seconds and then used a cloth to pull off the paint.  If you don't like the look you achieved, you can do it again and wait longer.  After my "glaze" was dry, I coated the towel bars in wax.


Now it was time to hang the babies.  I wanted as much light to come in the room as possible, so I decided to hang the curtains just over the outside seam of the window.  I hung all four panels for around $19 and got a custom look too.  I guess you can't beat that with a stick.  :)


You can see where the "glaze" stayed in the seams



Creating a frame around the new TV console







29 comments:

  1. You are so damn crafty!! I'm working on a menu planning board this week so I'm all paint-y and scrap paper-y. Someday I'll get into power tools :)

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  3. Looks great! Sandy P sent me the update on Jack Praise God is he is doing better!

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  4. I'd love to know where you got the curtains??

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    1. Hi Katie. The curtains are from Target -- aren't they fabulous?!? They are called Farrah Fretwork in blue. I'm wondering if I should get the longer ones as I'm not too sure about this length.

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    2. I definitely think it would look better with them going to the floor. Great job!

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  5. I love these curtain rods. They look fabulous! Thank you for sharing at Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured you with this week's party! I would love for you to stop by to grab a featured button and wear it proudly! http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/08/blog-stalking-thursday-54.html

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  6. Found you through Roadkill Rescue. Great idea, love them. Just gave me ideas for my spare room.

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  10. That is a GREAT idea! I'm pinning this for my daughter...we were just talking about how to hang a little curtain and this is perfect!

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