DIY Wood Curtain Rods & Brackets
So I am all for beautiful DIY projects that look expensive, but are actually super affordable! Our whole house was in desperate need of some curtains, curtain rods, & brackets, but if you have been shopping around you know those items are crazy expensive. And I want to know who in the world thought it would be acceptable to sell curtains by the panel?! Curtains should come with at least two panels per pack! I know, I know I’ll be putting my name in the hat for the next presidential election. Anyways, I really wanted to go with a modern farmhouse theme for the curtain rods that I could carry through the majority of the house, so I did what I do best & went to Lowes in search of a solution!
Originally, I was thinking of using pipe (which I still may do in the spare bedroom) but then I stumbled upon these wooden closet rods & as soon as I saw the lovely price tag of $19.98 for a 10ft piece I knew it was a match made in DIY-closet-rod-into-curtain-rod-heaven & yes that’s absolutely a place! The only thing left to figure out was what would hold my new lovely rods onto the wall, so naturally, I Pinterested to see if anyone else had been to this DIY-closet-rod-into-curtain-rod-heaven, and lo and behold Rachel from Maison de Pax shared this amazing solution using wood corbels! I found the corbels at Home Depot for $2.54 a piece! I was sold, & if you are too this is how you can DIY yourself some beautiful wooden curtain rods:
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- Wood Corbels
- Wooden Closet Rods
- Stain (I used Minwax Classic Gray)
- Paint (I already had one of those adorable Valspar, Ultra White, paint sample jars at home)
- 2in Hole Saw
This project was not only budget friendly but also really easy!
- Decide where on your corbels you want your rod to sit. I went with 1in back from the front of the corbel. Then decide how deep you want the rod to sit. I decided on 1in deep because my rods were 1-3/8in in diameter.
- Use the hole saw to cut out a semi-circle on the corbels, for the rod to sit in.
- Now you will have to measure and cut the length for the rods. I measured the width of my window and added about 6in total so I had 3in stick out on both sides.
- Now the fun part, stain away! This portion is purely preference, you can use a more natural looking wood stain or go with something like I did and use a gray stain. I applied about 3 coats of stain, letting them dry in between each coat. I like to use a cotton rag to wipe the stain as I go.
- After I was happy with my stain color, I used my white paint to give the pieces a little dimension. I dry brushed the paint on & used another cotton rag to wipe certain areas as I went. Just play around with the color until your happy!
- After both the rod & corbels were dry I measured & marked the wall where I wanted the corbel to sit in relation to the window. I think placing the curtain rod above the window frame by 4 or 5 inches makes the window appear taller & the room look bigger.
- After marking both sides of the window, I simply drilled my screw in & hung the corbels! You may have to play with how deep you drill the screw into the wall in order to make sure the corbel fits tightly on the wall, if its loose & wobbly drill the screw in further.
- Then, I just slid on my (bargain) sheer curtains & hung up the rod! Of course, my little helper was there to remind me not to put the curtains in her way because she still needed to be able to inspect the outside world for any signs of imminent danger.