If you’ve ever had to decorate a new home, you know how shockingly expensive it can be. I remember setting up a budget for the home decor “essentials” and blowing way past it. It felt like every tiny little thing cost way more than I had anticipated! So that’s why I do love a good DIY project that not only saves me a ton of money but also manages to look great. There’s also the sense of pride knowing that you actually made something!
So if you’re in need of some long curtain rods but don’t want to burn a hole in your wallet, Shelley Detton from the 7 Layer Studio has a very clever solution for you! While Shelley was trying to figure out how to renovate her office on a small budget, she came up with the idea of using PVC pipes instead of the usual curtain rods: “I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these walls, and I wanted the drapes to completely cover the space between the windows, so I knew I could get away with the 45 angle PVC couplers and the super cheap curtain rod brackets.”
To make the PVC pipes look like real curtain rods, she simply painted them black using a spray paint designed for plastic. She also bought two unfinished finials for the ends of the curtain rods, which she installed after the paint dried: “I sprayed some of that expandable caulk sealant stuff into the open ends of the PVC, then taped the finials in place on the end before the foam had a chance to expand out the end.”
Once that was completed and all of the pipes were connected, Shelley hung her new curtain rods on the wall and added some curtains.
Check out the end result!