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DIY-Industrial-Curtain-Rods

So I'm assuming you noticed the AWESOME curtain rods we made for our lovely new curtains, right? If you're like me and don't really love traditional curtain hardware, this is a wonderful option!

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And really easy!
I like easy.
The most difficult part was finding someone at the home improvement store to cut the pipe for me! OK, even that was pretty easy.

For each curtain rod, you'll need:
[2] 1/2" black iron floor flanges [2] 1/2" x 1" black steel nipples (longer if you'd like your rods further out from the wall. in the picture above we used 2.5", but have switched to 1")
[2] 1/2" black iron elbows [1] 1/2" black steel pipe cut to your dimensions
Mineral Spirits
Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Hammered Metal

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At the home improvement store you'll find the steel pipe in various shorter lengths, but also in something like 10 foot lengths as well. They can cut all of the pipe and re-thread it to work with the fittings. This is especially good to note when doing more than one window. Much cheaper to have 1 10' pipe cut down into 3 sections than to use the almost-correct-length shorter pipe.

The pipe in particular will be greasy.
This isn't Pottery Barn. :)
This stuff is made to be put in the ground for gas lines. So, use mineral spirits to clean it up, along with the other pieces.

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Go ahead and screw all the pieces together in the arrangement shown above. With the hammered metal spray paint, give the whole thing a good coat and after it dries, give it another.

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Once it's completely dry — I'd give it AT LEAST 24 hours, longer if you can stand it — and you're ready to attach your curtain rod to the wall!

You will need to put your curtains onto the rod before hanging them. You won't be able to change out your curtains easily. However, if this is a must, I recommend using rings with clips to hang your curtains, but you'll still need to thread the rings onto the rod before it goes on the wall.

I'm perhaps a tad paranoid and hate putting anything on the wall that isn't attached to a stud, so I highly recommend anchoring your rod to a wall stud. Building codes dictate that you'll have about 3" of wood on either side of a window opening, which is helpful to know. If you don't anchor them into the stud, make sure you use the proper hardware to attach them to the drywall, just like you would need to with any curtain rods.

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Once it's up, step back and enjoy!

You might even want to start practicing saying, "Thanks! I made them!" cuz you're going to start hearing it a lot. ;)

xoxo Lori Danelle

Comments

Linda:

Hi, I would like to use this pattern but for swing arm curtain rod. Can you help me? I don’t figure out how to!
Thank you for this grate tutorial and the picture of the material use, it’s easier to buy it. Love your curtain.

linda

Sep 19, 2015

Courtney:

Hi, I love the paint color in your living room- can you tell me what shade/brand it is?

Thanks!

May 27, 2015

Sharon:

I LOVE your curtains – where are they from? I also can’t wait to make these curtain rods for my newly renovated downstairs! Thanks for all the info!

May 27, 2015

Kate:

Love your curtain fabric! Where is it from?

May 27, 2015

Lori:

I love that piece too! But unfortunately for anyone besides me it’s one-of-a kind. :( It was made during a workshop I did through my college at Hatch Show Print, a letterpress shop here in Nashville. The W was printed using a VERY old wooden block and has the greatest wood grain patina. We chose to use the W because it was the first letter of the college we all went to. Luckily, it also happened to be the first letter of my then maiden-last-name, and even more fortunately, now my married last name! So, all-in-all, I’m incredibly lucky to have it.

May 27, 2015

Emily:

Hi Lori! Love your blog and style! I was wondering if you can tell me where you got the large W piece of art that’s between the 2 windows. I love it. Thanks so much!

May 27, 2015

Lori:

Yes, they do have end caps for the pipe at home improvement stores. They’ll be in the same area as the elbows & pipe. We used these when we made toilet paper holders that sound very similar to what you’re planing, only much shorter. Hope that helps & good luck!!

May 27, 2015

kelly o:

Do you know if there is a finish piece i can put on one end so this would be more like a swinging curtain rod (though I should it won’t swing)? The idea is it would be about 18 long and only adhered to the wall on the outer side of the window (one on each side of the window (like a swinging rod). My window is so long that I just want “curtain ends”. This way i can put the curtain on the rod and then slip it off. OMG… it is really hard to type what I mean!! It just won’t look good to have the threading exposed, maybe there would be something to cover it:)

May 27, 2015

shelly:

hi Lori
may I ask where you got your curtains from? 3 years of no living room curtains because im super picky and cant find the right ones.

please let me know
thanks !!!!

May 27, 2015

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