FRIDAYYYYY! What a week it’s been. Between the girls’ nap-strike, the thin film of drywall-dust on my eyelashes, and the awkward web-cast that went terribly wrong when my computer died… I’m ready for some nothingness. Were you guys watching that? UGH.
But before I fall into my coma, I wanted to share our little curtain rod idea for the wall at the top of our stairway. After FINALLY finishing the Royal Design Stenciling project, and whipping up the colorful Medieval chandelier, I knew the finishing touches would be adding some window treatments and throwing in the corner-shelf with some pretties.
So let’s get started!
Curtains can be EXPENSIVE. But no one ever talks about how expensive the actual curtain RODS are! Even the most standard cheepy curtain rod will still break the bank for us thrifty folks. Can I get an amen?
I can’t say that ALL my best ideas come to me while sitting on the toilet… but this one truly did. TMI? So sorry. Just keepin’ it real y’all.
So…. I saw this:
And my brain went ‘DING’!
Since we have two towel racks in a bathroom where nobody bathes, I removed it from the wall. This sucker was ready for bigger and better things! (Our toilet paper holders are like this too, so we had tons of options!)
If you don’t have a ‘spare’ towel rack to repurpose, it would still FOR SURE be cheaper to buy one (like this) than to buy a curtain rod… just sayin’.
Nick picked up a 3/4” 4-foot dowel at the hardware store, and it fit like buttah.
Since I knew that this ‘curtain rod’ would be hung up high (VERY high) and there wouldn’t be any wear and tear to speak of, I didn’t bother sanding… just went at it with a little Kilz.
And then I hit it with a little Valspar Metallic gold that I had on hand. I like a little shimmer from time to time!
Nick used a bandsaw and a chisel to knock out a little notch so the rod can be removed easily (unlike a towel rack!). See what I’m sayin’?
It looks a little rough from that angle, but when it’s 10 feet in the air, and on TOP of the curtain row… well, ain’t nobody ever gonna see it.
I just so happened to have some sheer curtains from my old apartment-living days that I had gotten at IKEA, and they were miraculously long enough for this very tall window!
And I took my white Chicken-wire corner shelf that used to live in the living room before we took the wall out, and planted it right in that corner for a little visual interest and color. I love it.
Now I feel like there is some life in the middle of what might be the longest, most cave-like BEIGE hallway and stairway.
In the words of Sophia Grace and Rosie… ‘It’s SO GOOD’!
Here’s our supply list and budget breakdown:
- Towel Rack ~ Already had on hand
- 3/4” Dowel ~ $2.64
- Primer/spray paint ~ Already had on hand
- Giant 6’8” husband to install on such a high ceiling
Making our grand total at… *drumroll* …What you already did all the figuring in your head? $2.64
And that is that! I know you have the perfect Curtain Rod hanging dormant in your bathroom as we speak!
Now go do something creative this weekend!
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I love this idea! I am new to your blog so sorry if this comes so long after you posted it. This is exactly what I was looking for!
I want to know how you painted that wall!!! Love it!
Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Thank you! Here’s a link to that post!
Thank you SO much!
Kenrich Walker says
So much for making an old piece of metal usable again. I guess that could help to make the most out of the stuff you buy out of home improvement stores these days, especially when you’re short on material.
Caiytlin Perry says
I think I’m going to look for curtain rods like these for my salcedo village apartment ! This will make my place more beautiful!
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography says
I just saw you on the chat…I haven’t gotten all the way through it, so didn’t see your computer die–ugh, so sorry! Your site it new to me, and I think it’s awesome that you got to be a part of that!
Thrifty, glitzy and glam! My favourite tri-fecta of DIY! Nice work lady 🙂
It looks so nice.I did something similar in my living room with a dowel and cheap brackets that I spray painted teal. When I was shopping for curtains and rods, I couldn’t believe how expensive everything was. I bought my dowels and brackets for less than $20 at home depot and made my curtains with fabric and hem tape (no sewing for me) I picked up at Joanns.
Megan Moore says
Love the corner shelf…I’m sure you guys made that too huh?! Also love the Soophia Grace & Rosie refference 🙂
I think I have to take a longer time in the bathroom! Great idea!
i love how that whole space looks! adding the corner shelf really did the trick too.