I can say I am no longer embarrassed by my (lack of real) curtains.
Please excuse the rest of the mess, but hey it’s a start.
As I showed in a previous post I just used conduit as a metal rod and found finials on clearance. I ended up using a wood dowel that I drilled a hole into to hold the finials – 5/8″ dowel fits perfectly into the 1/2″ conduit (which is almost 3/4″ in diameter… if you haven’t figured it out already, don’t assume measurements at the hardware store actually mean what you think they mean.)
The dowel was actually a great option because you could slide the finial on and off the rod after it was screwed to the dowel.
Note: Don’t be surprised if you leave the decorating up to a man and he choose to use old mini blind brackets to hold up curtains…
and now we have curtain rods!
I used the 5ft conduit which gave me about an foot on either side of the window, even with shorter curtains that fall to the base of my frame this helps create the illusion of a bigger room.
Things I learned: If you make hidden tab or back tab panels you may want to add buckram or some kind of stiffener at the top. These look fine but I think they would be even nicer. When I first hung them I did need to “dress” the tops by pulling out the sections of fabric and just making everything look nice. Just after a day this seem to help train the movement of the curtain so the tabs would create a nice cone shape (like a cartridge pleat) when pulled back.
Alrighty soooo I haven’t finished my curtains yet… I will eventually, I just want to use the blindstitch at work and haven’t had the chance to stay late yet.
Anyway I thought I would share an easy and inexpensive curtain rod solution that I discovered while browsing pinterest. The cheapest rods I found that were more than just a lightweight cafe rod were still close to $15 and nothing too special. Thanks to Lowes I was able to buy a 5 ft piece of metal conduit for $1.68 (they can always cut it down for you but I think this is a nice size for a single window if you have enough wall space on either side.) They had brackets for $4 a piece… or you can use the conduit clips fastened to angle irons totally about $5 for 4! This is a nice option because you can always customize your return amount depending on how deep your window sill and frame are.
I saw suggestions for using cute drawer pulls as finials for just a couple dollars a piece. However… RUN NOW… to Bed Bath and Beyond and you can snag these ball finials on clearance 2 for $1.99 (they are labeled for a kids room but they look pretty adult to me.)
Since the conduit is hollow I will have to secure the finial, I think I will cut cut down some wine corks to pop them in but others have suggested using pieces of a wooden dowel or other scrap wood.
I thought I would share for anyone who was looking for a substantial rod but trying to keep to a budget – the metal finish is just fine for me but once it warms up… I do love a good coat of spray paint!