Monday, March 1, 2010

PVC Pipe Curtain Rods

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I have been facing a dilemma since we moved into our house. We have 6 windows in our living room, which I love! The amount of natural light is great. I
'm fairly addicted to natural light. I cannot stand a dark house. Who cares if my energy bill would be a little less each month if I closed my blinds? I NEED LIGHT!

Back to my dilemma. The window walls are so long that
it would cost a fortune to install drapery rods. Each wall is 10+ feet long. That = major money for drapery rods! I had to get creative....
Also, our windows meet in a corner, so that makes it more complicated. See the picture below.
I saw a show on HGTV that used PVC pipe for drapery rods in a room with a really long wall. That is what I would do!

Here is the price break down on PVC pipe versus regular curtain rods.
This price is what it would cost me to do 20+ feet of wall space.

1 3/8" Drapery Rods = $77.94 (from Lowes)
1 3/8" Drapery Rods = $150.00 (Bed Bath and Beyond)
1 3/8" Drapery Rods = $159.98 (Amazon.com)

or 1 1/4" PVC Pipe = $9.09

Holy Money Saver! So, PVC Pipe it was.

I went ahea
d and bought wood finials, brackets, and sconces to go with the PVC Pipe. I am in love with them. Wait....can you love something that won't love you back?? I then found some spray paint that would match the finials/sconces. I gave the PVC pipe a few coats of Valspar Velvet Brown. I realized that the PVC looked too 'matte' after the spray paint, so I also did a few coats of a clear Gloss. Can you see the difference? Wow. They are looking pretty niiiice. Would you guess they were PVC pipe? Now, the installation. What a pain. It wasn't hard, just took a while. First I installed the brackets and sconces. I then CAREFULLY slid in the PVC pipe. Your pvc pipe WILL scratch if you aren't careful. I did a few 'touch ups' on mine after installing it. See my scratch?? I then slid on my curtains....... I want to take a break from my 'PVC' post and talk about the curtains. I am in LOVE with the fabric! I looked everywhere for drapes, and couldn't find anything even close to what I wanted. So, I broke down and decided to make them myself. How to actually make them will be another post entirely. I did make them (it took 2 weeks!!!) and I think they turned out pretty sweet. I used a chocolate and cream damask, with a wide chocolate band at the bottom, and some cording in between the two fabrics. What I love the most about this fabric is the 'burlap' look them have. It makes the fabric way less formal looking. Now, back to our reguarly scheduled post..... I hot glued the finials onto the end. Here are some finished shots. I think it looks pretty fab!

Just to recap:

BEFORE (like, before we moved in....)


AFTER
I'm Linking up over at Room to Inspire and Shanty 2 Chic and Domestically Speaking

107 comments:

  1. oh my gosh! that is awesome!!!!!!!!!! next time shanty2chic has one of those "i made it without my hubby" contests, youve gotta enter this--it will inspire a lot of ladies--it definintely inspired me!!! what a great savings--and i really really love that fabric.

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  2. This is a great idea, I love it.

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  3. WOW, you are amazing! We might have to consider that when we finally get curtains. Thanks for the tip

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Love the thrifty idea of using the PVC pipes, love the burlap print fabric you used...just love it all!

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  5. What a good idea! I'll have to keep that in mind, the next time I need a new curtain rod. It looks great!

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  6. Argh!?! Corner windows, I have them too but with the mantle in between. Love that fabric brown damask fabric, do tell...

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  7. Okay... What you have done here is amazing!!! I would have never thought to use PVC pipe. It looks beautiful. And I love your curtains. Ahhh Damask... Great job on the whole project. It's stunning.

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  8. Those turned out amazing! What a smart idea to use PVC pipes! And you did a great job making the curtains too! I love how the whole look turned out!

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  9. I've used pipe as a curtain rod too on big windows. It's awesome because it saves soooo much money!

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  10. What a great idea - I love the look and even more I love the savings! Very inspiring indeed. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today - when you get a chance please post a link back to my party. Thanks!

    Chelsea

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  11. Awesome Idea!!
    Looks great & easy on the wallet too!
    Great job!!

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  12. Your curtains and rods are wonderful! I need to do curtains in my livingroom, so I'm so doing that! Stop by and visit me!
    http://songberries.blogspot.com

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  13. I LOVE the your crafty ideas! I actually used that print in black & ivory for my wedding. I think I just might have to give this a try since I have a house very similar to yours! Thanks for the idea.

    Lisa

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  14. Wow what an inexpensive idea for curtain rods! We've got a ton of windows in our house which leaves me with the same dilemma you had!

    I have a couple of questions -- first, I was wondering where you got your finials and brackets? Second, I was wondering, if you hot glued the ends on, will you be able to take them down without taking them apart or are they pretty permanent? Sorry if that question doesn't make sense :)

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    1. I used cork,screwed the finials into the cork. Slide them into the end of the pvc,easy to remove!

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    2. I used cork,screwed the finials into the cork. Slide them into the end of the pvc,easy to remove!

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  15. Love it! I have a big naked window in my living room just because I couldn't figure out to get cheap curtain rods. Now I know! It's definitely added to the project list. Thanks!

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  16. Love it! I would love to copy, but have a couple questions. Do you think the paint would scratch if you were to open/close the curtains? I need to be able to open/close them once in a while...but not too often. Also, what did you do in the corner? Can we get a close up picture there? Just wondering how you covered the ends there. Great post!

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  17. Jodi-the great thing about PVC pipe is that you can buy a million different 'connectors' for it. I used a 90 degree connector in the corner. I'll post pictures. Also, I do think it will scratch if you open and close the curtains. I wasn't planning on closing mine, so it wouldn't be a problem. You could possibly cover the PVC pipe with fabric....that could be cool if you chose the right kind.....

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  18. We need new curtain rods. I'm going to show this to my husband first.

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  19. Oh my word!!! Wow! They look great! Thanks for the "how-to"!

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  20. This is a great idea/solution! And, I LOVE the fabric as well. Great choice!

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  21. I love, love, love this idea! I've used PVC on craft projects in the past, but never thought to use it like this! If you use a spray paint specifically made for plastic (like Krylon Fusion) it won't scratch. Though you have to let it cure for a week (I am so impatient!)

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  22. I love this! The whole thing is just AWESOME!

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  23. AWESOME idea...you're a girl after my own ♥! What great savings for such a great look, you'd never know the difference. I'm a new follower, I'd love for you to visit me at my blog:

    sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the idea!

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  24. Wow, what a miracle. Great idea, I will store in my memory bank.

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  25. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this at the Power of Paint Party (POPP).

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  26. You did a GREAT job! Your windows look fabulous. Thanks for sharing this inspiring idea.

    melissa

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  27. I saw this on DIY showoff! This is awesome! Great job!

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  28. You did a wonderful job, they came out great!! I used metal conduit pipe to do mine, I love finding uses for things from the home improvement stores! Love your blog!

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  29. I absolutely love this idea. Do you think that it would work on a covered patio- will the pipe stand up against rain?

    New Follower! :D

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  30. I may have to try this myself!

    Wow!

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  31. Wow how awesome is that. i popped over from Roeshel's the Diy Show off. I want to feature this on my Sat. event Its So Very WOWZERS.
    I will showcase you on April 2.

    signed up to follow and hopw you will come over and do the same at my new location.
    Cheri www.itssoverycheri.com

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  32. Oh! I am SO in LOVE!!!!! They are gorgeous!!!! Damask is my favorite! But I'm sure they'd have been gorgeous in whatever fabric you chose. I love the cording & the contrast on the bottom!

    I'm definitely using PVC pipe next time!

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  33. Using PVC Pipes versus Regular Curtain rods would be a great idea!! Also It would be a money Saver too!!

    I love your idea and would redefined keep in mind when redecorating drapery items.

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  34. Wonderful idea! I'm working on making curtains for my new house and spent a LOT on rods. Wish I'd seen this sooner :) I also bought the same fabric only with a red print from fabric.com on clearance. Wish they had more, but it's sold out now. Love it!

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  35. I have a similar problem - a REALLY long window. I'm pricing the curtain rods now - and finding the same as you. WAY more than I want to spend to get that length. But you have a great idea that I can use! Thanks!

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  36. LOVE IT! It took me forever to find a rod that could extend the 120" that I needed for my picture window for a decent cost! Wish I thought of this! ;)

    Stopping by from Someday Crafts.

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  37. I am salivating! You're a genious!!!!!!

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  38. I decided to feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  39. these turned out so well, I'm definitely going to do this one day!

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  40. Wow! What a money saver! I can tell you love the print as it matches your blog background also. Beautiful! :)

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  41. Awesome! You did a fabulous job on the curtains and the rods! I love the money saving idea too! Never would've thought to use PVC pipe for curtain rods. Genius!

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  42. I love this!! What a resourseful use of PVC!! I can't wait to try this out also, love all of your posts, keep it up!! Also we featured you over at www.somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Thanks for the ideas!!

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  43. Awesome idea! I'm thinking about this now instead of the cursed expensive rods - however (I think someone asked this already, but I didn't see the answer), how did you put the finials on? Can the curtains be removed easily for laundering? Love your blog-you are inspiring me as we do our master bedroom re-do! :)

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  44. These are so fabulous that I had to feature them on my blog! I wish I would have seen them before I had paid a fortune :)

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  45. hey i'm over from so very cheri, but WOOOOW!!! this idea is amazing! I'm addicted to HGTV, it is a VERY good thing we don't have cable or I would do nothing but watch HGTV haha! This looks amazing.. you couldn't have picked a better fabric, so pretty! I'm your newest follower:)

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  46. This is brilliant! I am totally going to do this someday.

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  47. You did a Fantastic Job! And how cool to use PVC, I love it!!
    Thanks for the great idea!

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  48. Great solution, I'm looking to do the same for my living room wall/windows and this will work perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I just thought I'd pass on my tip for fixing scratches. I spray some of the paint on a q-tip and dab a tiny bit onto the scratch. This has saved me a lot of time and frustration.

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  50. A very beautiful and thrifty project! I love the burlap texture in the fabric you used as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Ok so this is my second comment :) I keep coming back to look at this post because I absolutely LOVE the damask fabric. Would you be willing to share were you got it at?

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  52. Great idea!!! I can finally afford to get curtains! I am ready to do the project but I can't quite tell what you did in the corner????

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  53. Hey!!! I just wanted to let you know that I love this project and that it is going to come in handy for my new house!

    I also posted a link back to it on my blog, you can check it out here (http://kayteebates.blogspot.com/2010/06/so-as-i-was-going-through-photos-on-my.html)

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  54. Now, THAT is an amazing idea!!! I love how it turned out! Your fabric choice is beautiful too!

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  55. I think this is a great idea. I need to get a few dollars together for this, and find some fabric..
    opinion - I have 2 hugeish windows, close together like yours, do I / should I buy enough fabric to actually cover all of the window area, or just enough to make a pretty decor??

    ALSO I think using a spray paint for plastics, like Krylon fusion, would help the scratch issues. you can use that as the finish color, or just use it as a base color, and then you can spray with whatever paint you wish.

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  56. Amanda,
    Since I have blinds, I never plan on actually using my curtains to cover my windows. I just did enough to look decorative. I think it looks fine. Also, I had a few people leave me tips about the spray paint for plastic. Definitely the way to go! Wish I had known it existed before this project :)

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  57. I adore your curtains!!!! That fabric is wonderful. I will definitly keep pvc in mind for the future!
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

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  58. WOW! I just love this! Would you mind sharing how you got the brackets and sconces on the wall? I really want to do this in My living room! Thanx for sharing ; )

    http://designermommy13.blogspot.com/

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  59. Awesome job dear!! I like your money saving idea, sure i would try for my living room.

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  60. This is s SUPER tutorial, and you have a great blog. I love your ideas, and you explain everything so well. I am host to a NEW party, and would LOVE if you linked this up, or anything for that matter. Keep me in mind, and I would be so HAPPY, he he. Hope you can check it out, and also if you have any Halloween projects, I have a SPECIAL party ** 6 weeks 2 SPOOK** going on right now too. Thanks girl, I am your happy newest follower!!!

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  61. I had this same idea, but never pursued it because 1) scratching from pulling the curtains accross (I want to use rings) and 2) not sure how to attach the finials. How did you attach! I saw someone else asked, but saw no answer. Glue? Please help! Thanks

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  62. I just love that fabric. The pvc idea is great!

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  63. Ashley,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I attached my finials with hot glue. It is permanent enough that it won't fall off, but if you ever need to take them down, it just pops right off. I have used this method on another curtain rod in my house also, it seems to be holding up great! Hope this helps!

    Sarah

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  64. Thanks for sharing this Sarah. They look great. I have similar windows in my house. I'm wondering what you did in the corner?

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  65. Kalleen,
    Thanks for stopping by! For the corner, I used a pvc pipe corner connector. It's a 90 degree angle. If you want to see what it looks like, there is a picture of it in this post:

    http://alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com/2010/03/pvc-pipe-curtain-rods-part-2.html

    Sarah

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  66. Thanks for sharing this. Great idea!

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  67. Okay, I'm here with a a "where'd you get that..." question: first, where did you find that material (I love that it's formal, but not-so-formal all at the same time) and your leather sectional...I'm looking into leather couches and always ask people where they got there's. Trying to find a good one and find what people like about their couch! Thanks!!

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  68. Being a Military Wife, we move a lot, and never have a permanent home. Every three years we are moving to a new place, and buying window treatments each time is so costly. We got to the point where we just can't justify spending that kind of money any more. This is such an amazing idea! Thank you so very much for sharing, and I can't wait to try it out in our home. ;0)

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  69. Katy,
    I emailed you some answers to your questions. Hope it helps!!

    Sarah

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  70. I absolutely loved this idea. Where did you get the fabric? I'm in love with it and where did you get the finials and brackets? I'm definately going to do this. You're a genious.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Wow that looks awesome!!! You did a wonderful job - and it's so cheap!! Thank you for sharing! I linked from my Treasures for Tots Facebook Fan Page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasures-for-Tots/189979926301

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  72. ShaRene,
    I bought the fabric at a store called Home Fabrics. I'm putting their link in this comment if you want to find a location near you. I can't say enough about how AWESOME this store is! They sell all home dec fabric for CHEAP! I got the fabric I used for $5 a yard, and it wasn't even on sale! If you've ever shopped for home dec fabric, you know what a steal that is! Also, I got the finials and brackets at Lowe's. I'm pretty sure they still carry them. Here is the fabric link:

    http://www.homefabricsonline.com/locations

    Sarah

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  73. Wow, that turned out great! Both the curtains and the PVC curtain rods. That is just such a great idea. Definitely bookmarking for future use!
    -Rochelle @ http://homesweethomebodies.blogspot.com

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  74. Love this idea! I'm in the process of picking fabric to make curtain panels for a sliding door area in our dining room that feels *cold* now that it gets dark so early. Had kind of settled on a green fabric that I felt "meh" about, but I LOVE your fabric. Our walls and trim are almost the same colors! Can you please email me where you got the fabric? I'd be indebted for life!!!!

    mommaroar@gmail.com

    THANKS in advance,
    Leigh Ann

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  75. I can't get the homefabrics link to work - it won't let me look at the fabrics, my computer says there is a problem with its security certificate. Can you give the name of the fabric or its designer so I can search for it?

    THANKS!

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  76. Love it! I am making curtains for my living room and wondering what I would do without a curtain rod- they are expensive! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. New follower here! I -love- this idea! Where did you find those awesome brackets??

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  78. Danielle,
    Thanks for stopping by! I found those brackets at Lowe's. I have a friend who recently did this project, and she used the same brackets. They look great in her house too!

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  79. I was just wondering if your fabric was premier prints bailey or avery

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  80. Looks amazing. I love all those windows too. All that light would be great. I need my vitamin D too. Great idea.

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    1. I have used PVC pipe in the past for several projects. I have found if you wrap a piece of 220 grit sand paper around it and just scuff it a bit the paint holds much better and doesn't scratch off easily.. Just saying..

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  81. So these are awesome. I have almost the same windows that meet in a corner and that is my question, how did you make them meet. Did you join them or leave them separate. But it looks great!
    Thanks Brigitte

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  82. Thanks for sharing this information. A friend had told me about doing this and I just didn't know how to make it all happen. It looks beautiful.
    One question! How did you fasten the wood finials to the PVC pipe on the ends?
    Thanks so much!

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  83. I just hot glued them on. Worked like a charm, and never had any trouble with them falling off :)

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  84. great experience visiting here..did get lots of good information from here..i like your this post on curtain rods..thanks for sharing and keep posting such post here in future too..and i am looking for some information related to Pvc Pockets..can you share some information related to this here in your one of the future posts..??

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  85. This is so great! I had just bought and put up new curtains/rods last months. One of my windows is a big picture window and needed a pretty long rod...=$$$ THEN my two 2yo grandchildren decided to use my curtains as a swing!! Bent the rods and even the brackets all up!!! This way I can match the other (smaller) window and won't have to go get all new hardware!! Thanks!!

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  86. That is amazing!! Thank goodness for pinterest, so glad I found you.

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  88. You've done a great job! It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us, it give a fresh idea and I think I will make one too.

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  89. Renee King-HooksMay 22, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Great look! Great job! I'm just wondering if your fabric was a burlap or you just mentioned it. The reason for mentioning it is if you're found something none curling or shrinking that will remove the smell. I'm a country gal, but it reminds me of the feed sacks LOL plus I'm asthmatic. Thanks & God bless, Renee

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  90. Is it hard to remove the curtains from the pipes with the finials glued on the end? Are you able to pull it off? Also where did you get the brackets/finials?

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    At this point, do you have any additional tips being that it has been 4+ years since this project? Anything you would do differently?

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