Lenny and I have been on an adventure where we’re trying to turn Nanny’s brick ranch into our cozy cottage. One of the little changes we made was the addition of blackout curtains over our living room picture window. The picture window is about eight feet wide. Do you know how much a curtain rod costs for an eight foot wide window? I priced them at $40 or more. So, I decided to try the DIY route and made a DIY Curtain Rod for a large picture window on the cheap!
DIY Curtain Rod
The first thing I did was to head to Home Depot and purchased the supplies for my DIY Curtain Rod for a large picture window on the cheap:
- Electrical Conduit
- Electrical Straps
- Corner Brackets
- Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint
- Drawer Knobs
- Wooden Dowel Rod
Here’s a breakdown on this really
cheap inexpensive DIY Curtain Rod:
Electrical Conduit: $1.99
Electrical Straps: $0.82
Corner Brackets: $3.08
Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint (I already had): $5.87
Drawer Knobs: $2.97 each (2)
Wooden Dowel Rod: $1.68
Screws (I already had): $1.50
So, there you have it! For less than $15 I had one very sturdy (galvanized steel kind of sturdy) DIY curtain rod for a large picture window on the cheap!
As you can tell from the pictures, we haven’t even begun any remodeling in our living room yet. The old wallpaper, flower border and drop ceiling have been a part of Lenny’s childhood house for about 50 years. Now, that’s amazing! The wallpaper has been changed out a few times and even the carpet has been replaced several times. All of those little touches just add to the charm, don’t you think? (I’m being totally sarcastic here.)
I really love this sturdy DIY curtain rod. I even love the texture of our drapes and they do a fantastic job at blocking out the sun from our South facing window. I have to let you in on a little secret about the curtains. We have a dog. His name is Remo. He is THE world’s best dog. He is a German Shepherd and he’s very protective by nature. He was part of the inspiration for our room darkening drapes. See, he likes to bark at cars or people that he can see out the big picture window. So, by hanging room darkening drapes, our dog can’t see out the window and what he can’t see, he can’t bark at. We all know there is stranger danger just lurking outside our window. But, never fear for Remo is here!
This really was a super easy project. I think the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. However, if you have questions, please ask and I’ll be glad to answer them. We did screw the door knobs into about a 3″ long piece of the wooden dowel and then inserted the dowel rods into the pipe and secured with screws. For the brackets, I simply attached the electrical straps to the corner brackets with screws; affixed the brackets to the wall in three places and hung my drapes on my brand new DIY Curtain Rod for a Large Picture Window that I made on the CHEAP!
I hope this has inspired you to think outside the box and come up with inexpensive DIY solutions.
Til next time…