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!
As you can see they will be back tab panels. Now first I went shopping hoping to find panels I liked and I would be done with it – no luck. ICK ICK ICK why is everything so ugly (okay or out of the budget.)
Then I went to the fabric store. Blahhhhh everything is so boring.
Then I was at Homegoods where I found 2 cotton shower curtains! Success! I have 2 single windows to cover so I split these shower curtains in half and added a contrast band to the side out of some of my stash fabric. The cotton fabric is about 36″ and I wanted a 10″ side band so I cut 12.5″ (to include my seam and side hems) along with a small .5″ band all around (cut 3″ for side, bottom and 2″ for the top.)
Here it is coming together – next step is just the side hems and topstitching just to keep my layers in place at the top. What is that blur at the bottom? Oh of course it may be the reason that this seems to be taking forever…
note: at the moment there are 12 dog toys on the floor in this little room and I keep getting hit the leg with them.