Handmade Blackout Curtains and Inexpensive Curtain Rods
On this years ‘to do’ list was to make over the Master bedroom. We painted it a few months ago after I purchased the new bedding. With a Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon of course. I know it’s hard to tell the paint color but it’s called Martha Stewart Living 123. It was the closest I could find to the color in the bedding, but I had Home Depot make it with Behr paint and I got the paint rebate!
Then I went on the hunt for curtains. I knew I wanted to get blackout curtains and I wanted them to be floor length. We have high ceilings in this room, 2 windows and a sliding glass door. So to get blackout curtains over 100 inches long, was going to cost a pretty penny. After shopping around and not finding what I wanted, for a price I could live with, I decided to open my mind to making them myself.
Now I like to think of myself as pretty handy. I have lots of tools in the garage that I love using! I’ve added molding to our kitchen cabinets and painted them. I’ve done a few wall decor projects. Or the Jacksonville Jaguar inspired room for my son. I’ve even sewed curtains before, but this time I new I’d need to do them right, with the blackout lining. I started researching and found this fabulous tutorial on House of Hepworths on how to make lined curtains. She has lots of pictures and that is the best way I learn. She used a basic sheet to line her curtains but I used blackout fabric which was a bit heavier to work with.
I had also been out shopping for curtain rods, one of which needed to be over 6 feet long. For rods that long I was looking at spending over $50 just for one. I love how House of Hepworths did faux pinch pleats and made her own curtain rod. The best part about it, is the cost! I purchased (2) 10 Foot Electrical Conduit for $2 each! Yes you read that right.
Then I took them home and began the process of measuring and cutting them to size. It was actually quite easy.
The small tool above was only $6 and you place it on your marking spot and rotate it, tightening it as you go. It took a little bit longer than anticipated but I had 3 rods to make.
Then began the process of painting the rods the color I wanted. First I sprayed them with automotive primer in white, then used Rust-Oleum Antique Brass Metallic Spray paint. It took 2 cans to do the rods and finials since I wanted a thick coat.
I also decided to reuse the finials and hardware from the curtain rods we originally had in the room. The reason I didn’t reuse the rods was because they were very thin and flimsy and I knew it would not be able to support the heavy curtains. I was able to find clip rings at Joann Fabrics that matched the color perfectly.
Attaching the finials to the end of the rods was a pain in the butt. Ask my hubby, I think I tried several methods, one of which was patience, which I don’t have much of! It ended up being a combo of automotive adhesive because I needed something thick inside the rod for the finial screw to hold onto. Then I also used superglue on the outside. While we’re being honest, I’m not sure all of them are straight, but I can’t tell.
I hope I can get you a better image of the entire curtain soon, but for now you can have a close up. I love the sheen on the fabric I bought and how both the rod and curtains go with the comforter set.
This weekend I got started on the upholstered headboard! More on that soon.