May is Madness, isn’t it! It’s so much fun and the weather is finally nice, but it is also one of the busiest times of the year. We have had so much going on between the kids activities, retirement parties, graduation parties, 40th birthday parties, First communion parties, (party, party party!!!) it seems the action never stopped! But this particular project kept my brain going all month.
On a recent trip to Nell Hills, my friend pointed out the large industrial style curtain rods hanging in the store. I loved the bronze color. The large diameter made it standout and all the more beautiful.
When I moved into my new home a little over a year ago, I didn’t have the same taste as the previous owner. They decorated with a lot of red and brown colors and the first thing to go, was the deep red curtains in the dining room. I didn’t have a style in mind at the time and there was so much to buy (and we still needed to sell our old house so I was on a budget). I quickly found some fabric and whipped up some curtains in a black and white buffalo check.
I was finally ready to take on the dining room windows and knew what I had in mind.
I wanted those big, fat curtain rods that had at least a 3 inch diameter but they were no where to be found. Lucky for me, my local Home Depot has some really nice workers, especially one in particular named John. I decided to try to make them myself with some PVC pipe and adding fittings on the end. I measured across the length of the wall and took the measurements with me. John cut the pipe with a handsaw. (And then he cut it again a day later when I realized I was off by an inch).
He thought I was crazy for trying to put a plumbing PVC pipe as a curtain rod. I told John, “I think I can make this work.”
In my garage I painted the pipe and the fittings with Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk paint.
After the graphite color dried, I coated it with Annie Sloan soft wax in Dark.
After the dark wax, I added a bronze wax over that.
The hardest part of this project was finding a curtain ring to fit the 3 inch diameter PVC pipe. I figured that the best diameter to fit around the pipe would be 5 inches. After searching Joannes, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, …and coming up empty handed I thought my project might be dead. Then I had an idea….SWIM RINGS!!!
I got on amazon and ordered a set of brightly colored rings for the pool that just happened to be 5 inch diameter.
I took the hooks from another set of curtain rings and put them on my newly painted rings.
Then came another obstacle….getting it on the dining room wall. This took several unsuccessful tries and more brain power. Finally, I decided that I needed a tension rod to go through the middle of the PVC pipe. You know the kind that people hang shower curtains from?? Again, I went to amazon to find an extra long tension rod.
It took several tries and lots of patience (and I do need to touch up some paint) but it worked!!
Next came the fun part…making the curtains. A couple of months ago, I found some emerald-green velvet fabric that I loved. I decided to add some cream-colored velvet to the bottom and connect it with a trim that had black and cream.
Tomorrow, my family is headed to San Francisco after the last day of school to spend a little fun time together sight-seeing and beaching before swim team and weights start! Happy Summer Everyone!