Tuesday, August 10, 2010

From Corbels to Curtain Rods!

When we first moved into our home, I created a curtain rod out of black piping and corbels for my Great Room. It was very inexpensive (about $20 without the corbels) and definitely made a statement. When I found some more corbels at a recent Flea Market, I decided it was time to duplicate the look in my hearth room and replace the store bought curtain rod I had there. All together (including the corbels), it cost me $50, which was the price I paid for the plain curtain rod I had there. And I think this one is much more interesting! What do you think?

I started with these uber cool corbels purchased for $15 a piece at a local flea market. They were pretty dirty so I cleaned them up and sprayed them with a matt poly. I liked their chippiness, so I choose not to paint them.

I went to my local hardware store and purchased the piping and attached pieces. Don't ask me their official names...I just call them "thingamajigs". They come in either silver or black, but black worked better in my home. When you buy the pipes at the hardware store, they will thread them for you as you will obviously need specific lengths.

Okay, I guess I know the "technical name" for the round pieces. They're called flanges. I used anchors and black screws to attach them to the wall.

I then measured the distance of the pipes to the corbel, and attached the corbel to the wall.

I attached a flange to the end of one of the pipes.

I then screwed the other end into the "t" center piece.

The end with the flange was then attached to the corbel. Be sure to have the curtain on the rod before you secure it! Haha!

Repeat for the other side and wa-la! A unique, one of a kind curtain rod!

And I didn't even need help from my hubby to do it. Okay, maybe I had him hold the rod while I screwed it in. But it was really a simple project. Do I seem impressed with myself? LOL! And I think it turned out darn good if I do say so myself (can you hear me patting myself on the back?)!!

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Tete said...

This looks great and a wonderful idea!

trash talk said...

Can you feel me patting you one the back? Terrific idea!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is beautiful. I love my chippy white paint and this just made my heart jump. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

Rebecca said...

I love old gingerbread and this is a great way to use it inside-Happy WW-love it girl!

The Green Pea said...

Thanks, what a great idea. The rod would be very sturdy too! sandi

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Your Unique curtain rod looks Fabulous ~ Love the Industrial with the Shabby Corbel Design.... Perfect Pairing!

mizdarlin said...

What a wonderful job..and you've given me idas about what to do with a few things lying around for lack of inspiration!

~Kim said...

I love it, Lanette! Looks awesome!:-)

KarenSue said...

Oh Lanette, Thank you for leaving me an encouraging message about my new shop. It sure made my day.
I tell you I'm impressed with your corbel design curtain rods. They look great and you should be patting yourself on the back.
Great job,

Prior said...

I love it. I need something like that above my french doors. You got a great deal on the corbels and your right, curtain rods cost just as much, but don't have the great feel of your handmade one.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Lanette! I'm giving you a huge pat on the back, girl! What a neat idea! It looks just fantastic! Hey...there's nothin' that we cottage gals can't do....!! lol!

Happy WW!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Denise Marie said...

great project

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

15.00 bucks a piece was a great deal! I really love how they turned out! They look custom for sure!

Faded Charm said...

I love this idea. You just can't have too many corbels around the house.

Take care,


Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What an awesome idea! I love the mix of industrial and vintage! Absolutely Great Job!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I am so glad that I found your blog. I love it!! Hope you can drop by My Dream Canvas. I am also hosting a jewelry giveaway :-) Take care Anu

junkermidge said...

I love that look! Very cool! Much more interesting than a tradtional curtain rod.

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

I would have NEVER thought to do that!! Sucha creative idea

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Wow, Lanette! This is spectacular! I love how it turned out! I'm going to snoop around your blog some more -- and I see you're a fellow Minnesotan! :) YAY!

Mary said...

What a difference!

I love it! You did a great job!

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

I love this! I did something with galvanized in my upstairs bath but this is so much more elegant!
Can this be? I hope so! Because I think it's a neat idea with the old corbels!
Have a blessed week!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

These are fabulous--I love the industrial looking rod with the shabby corbels!

Ceb said...

I love this idea! Love your blog, will be back to visit.

Backyard Bargain said...

What an great idea!!you totally given me idea about what things i have to keep in my mind

Zane Wooder said...

You did a really good job. You should be proud.

-Zane of ontario honey

Kadia Rose said...

You definitely have a showpiece there. I like interesting home furnishings and those look quite nice. They make the entire room look different. Investing in making your living space look more beautiful can make you feel good every day.

FirstTimeEntrepreneur said...

I love that look! Very cool! Much more interesting than a traditional curtain rod. I did something with galvanized in my upstairs bath but this is so much more elegant!

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Shelley C said...

Your Corbel curtain rod is Gorgeous! I would like to do something similar but how did you attach the corbels to the wall?
Thanks so much!


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