I have been itching to make a curtain rod out of galvanized pipe. So when our client agreed to let us try it out in her living room, I was more than excited!
She is uber thrilled with the way it turned out, and so are we!
The part that made me nervous was getting the measurements right. We literally measured her wall of windows 3 or 4 times, just to make sure we had everything planned out correctly.
We wanted the look of one long continuous rod, so that it looks like the windows go on forever.
From the outside of the left-most window frame to the outside of the right-most window frame is 174 inches. The distance between each window is 32 inches. We added an additional 16″ of rod on each side so that the curtains could hang without covering much of the window. So the total rod we needed came to 206 inches. That is a LONG curtain rod! Hopefully my little drawing below will help explain what I’m talking about!
We made our way to Lowe’s, and had two pieces of galvanized plumbing pipe cut to 103″ each. We even got to see how they thread a pipe. BTW, Lowe’s will cut and thread the pipe for you at no charge. They put oil all over the end of the pipe so the threader can do it’s thing. It’s a messy job.
We also picked up the other pieces needed. (Scroll down to see a picture of all the pieces.) Then we took everything home and cleaned them up with some Goo Gone and a little all-purpose cleaner.
I gave everything a coat of spray primer followed by chrome spray paint to offset some of the natural industrial vibe that comes with plumbing pipe. If you want the full blown industrial vibe, no need to paint them!
We also chose chrome paint to tie in with the detail on her couch….
To put it together, it’s pretty simple. It reminds me of my younger days, playing with our Marble Run game….did any of you have one?!! These things are awesome. Anyway, it’s the same idea of connecting the pieces, but without the marble of course! For your reminiscing pleasure, does this ring any bells?!
You get the idea.
To hang it on the wall:
1. We strung all the curtains on the poles first, then screwed on all of our connector pieces, so that it was completely put together before we hung it.
2. We picked it up and held it in place then used a pencil to mark the holes in the flanges where the screws needed to go. (hello, arm and shoulder workout) We decided to hang them so that the top of the flange is 1.5″ below the crown molding.
3. We set it back down while John screwed in the drywall anchors, using our pencil markings from step 3.
4. Then we picked it back up and I supported one end while John held the other (both of us on ladders) and he screwed in one flange, then the other (the end I was holding), and finally the middle came last.
5. We situated the curtains and BAM! All done!!
This is totally my kinda’ project…a little calculation, throw in some paint, and a lot of my handy man to help execute the whole idea! Voila! I am so in love with the unique rod as well as the way the curtains make her living room look so airy and fresh!