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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Plumber's Pipe Curtain Rods (for Livebold)

The other day, while gazing at the beautiful home of our Dear Gollum....I left a comment that included some information about the curtain rods I have made for my living room. This house has so many straight lines and harsh angles, that I thought I needed to soften things a little and have some curves around.
I searched high and low for some rounded curtain rods for my living room windows, but to no avail. So....when has something like that stopped a Tootsie?...never.
Now...keeping in mind that I am by no means a great how-to in the house like our Jules is...but I am about to give it a try!....here goes.....
I went to the nearest hardware store, and purchased a long length of 3/4 inch plumbers pipe. (the white plastic stuff that is about the same size as a child's hula hoop)
I came home...cut it with a saw to a length 1/2 the size larger than my windows and hung it with traditional curtain rod brackets (available at any wal mart store for pennies a set)
I also had a few straight rod finials left over from a previous project that I had picked up at the local dollar store. I hung those a few inches above the window frame, at a height that would allow my pipe to fit and curve over the window. (this will depend on your window length and how much curve you will be making with the length of pipe you decide on)
I used to have curtains that I made hanging on them, but after the horrible comments on RMS...I have changed them out to some that I purchased.

This is the window with the curtains hanging
just a shot to show that my window is straight as an arrow and how high I hung that bracket/finial thing.
The pipe ....inside the curtains....
a close up of the pipe on the bracket
another...little blurry shot..lol....of how they sit on them....believe it or not...they are really sturdy on the brackets.

I have fabric blinds that if we need privacy that I pull. They don't get pulled often, as there is no one next door most of the time, and how much privacy does a living room that we don't often sit in need?
Livebold, if you should need some more information, let me know. I have also used the pipe to make curved rods that look like balloons coming out of the wall along the ceiling too....but that is another post! I do hope that this helped. It was so simple, that I don't really know what else to say!
Stay tuned...tomorrow you will see the wicker love seat that I saved from the garbage....I needed a project...and we are going on an adventure...Gollum will like it...it involves LOTS of spray paint.