Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DIY It - A Gold Pipe Curtain Rod

Copper pipe is quickly becoming a go to craft supply in many home DIY projects and I absolutely love the look and how relatively easy it is to work with. But deep down, I am still a gold girl at heart no matter how much copper may try to sway me to its side. Today's project has the best of both worlds. The ease and look of using copper pipe, but with a gold finish. And yes, before you ask, I did spray paint my copper pipe gold. And it turned out Ah-Mazing!


I have seen quite a few tutorials for curtain rods using copper pipe out there, so I wanted to make my project a little different from the traditional. Instead of a straight curtain rod, I created this rounded rectangle and then used curtain brackets to attach it to the wall. My favorite part is that there is so much more of the curtain rod visible and it really adds a nice elegant yet industrial touch. Follow along below to make your own gold pipe curtain rod.


The Supplies:
  • 2 pieces of 1/2 inch copper pipe appx. 4-6 inches larger than your window
  • 2 pieces of 1/2 inch copper pipe 3 inches long
  • 4  1/2 inch copper elbow brackets
  • curtain rings (I got these plastic ones at Ikea and spray painted them gold)
  • curtain mounting brackets (I found silver ones at Lowe's)
  • gold spray paint (I used Valspar metallic gold for a more brass look, but Krylon gold metallic works for a lighter gold color (see the last few pictures)
Begin by cutting your copper pipe to the size that you need using a simple copper pipe cutter that you can pick up at the hardware store. Then spray paint all your pieces including the curtain rings and brackets. Let the paint dry and cure for 24 hours before using the pipe pieces and elbows to assemble your rectangle shape. Before you put on the last end piece be sure to thread on all of your curtain rings so that you can attach the curtain once the rod has been mounted.


Then it is just a matter of attaching your curtain bracket to the wall and hanging your new gold pipe rod on the bracket.


Don't those plastic curtain rings look so fancy coated with gold? You would never guess that they were cheap plastic rings from Ikea!


And since the spray painting of the copper pipe turned out so well, I decided to heed the advice of some of you and go ahead and spray paint the copper pipe toilet paper holders I made a few weeks ago. I used Krylon metallic gold for these and I love the light champagne gold color. It goes so much better with the mirror and shelves I already have up in my guest bathroom. Don't you think?





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