Monday, July 6, 2015

PVC Pipe Curtain Rod

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A couple of weeks ago I shared the Color Block Curtains I made for my son's room.
I mentioned at the end of the post that I had hung the curtains with hardware and a rod for about $3.
I am back now to show you what I used and how it all came together.
We had a lot of pvc pipe my parents gave us a while ago, so I figured we should start using up some of it!

The pipe had been in a pile at the back of our house for a little while.
After I had found a piece to work with I grabbed the hose and rinsed it off. I also sprayed inside the pipe to remove spider webs, dirt, etc.
At the time I didn't have any pvc pipe cutters, so I just grabbed my handy old-school saw and cut the pipe to the length I needed.
 I had a can of white spray paint on hand, just a cheap brand, so I shook it up and sprayed the pipe.
I had wanted a white curtain rod anyways for the room, so this worked out perfectly.
At first I was trying to hold the pipe while spray painting it, but I then found a piece of cardboard that was the perfect length, so I painted it there and left it out to dry.
 Once the pipe was dry, I used it as guide for attaching the ribbon strips to the back of the curtains.
(To see more of the curtains in detail you can click here).
 We have a plumbing supply/sprinkler store really close to us, so my boys and I went and wandered around there one day for a bit.
It was actually pretty entertaining.
Anywho, I was on the search for something I could use to attach my pvc pipe to the wall, and I came across these little guys.
(I am well aware that these weren't intended for the use I had in mind, but that's ok! I used them anyways).
An added benefit is they only cost .22 each, so...can't complain.
I tried for quite a while to remove the attached nail, but I ended up giving up on that.
No one would be able to see them from behind the curtain, so I moved on.
I drilled a small hole through the part that would lay flat against the wall.
 And after finding a screw that was the right size, I hung the 'hooks' on the wall.
I wasn't holding it very tight when I was screwing in the screw, so the nail head did scratch the wall a tiny bit...but again, it's hidden by the curtains!
Your next step is to slide the curtain onto the pipe and snap it into the wall hooks.
While we were at the sprinkler/plumbing store on a separate trip, I found these little end caps for .20 each.
I grabbed two and pushed them onto the end of the pipe.
(See how the wall hook and nail are hidden?)
 Here is a shot of the curtains closed so you can see how it looks when it's hung.
The dark lines you see through the back are the strips of ribbon that hold it up.
Hope you found this tutorial useful!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

4 comments:

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    1. Thank you! I love finding different uses for things!

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  2. That is such a nice replacement for stainless curtain rod! I will make one using PVC Pipes in the Philippines.

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  3. Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.
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