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You can catch all the thrifty projects and decor through the links at the bottom of this post.
I have some old brass colored metal curtain rods that I used in the house I lived in back in the 90’s. In the 90’s, brass was very popular in decor. Whether it be chandeliers, lamps, bathroom and kitchen faucets, or curtain rods like mine – if it was metal, it was more than likely brass colored. I have nothing against brass and it is making a comeback with decor like candlestick holders, but I wanted curtain rods that matched what I already had going on in my master bedroom.
A while back I made over some curtain tension rods and curtain rings Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze to hang cafe style curtains in my master bedroom. I am using these curtain rods for valances on the same window so I wanted everything to be the same color.
I sprayed one side of the curtain rods, allowed them to dry thoroughly, then rolled them over and sprayed the other side. Always use spray paint in a well ventilated area. I prefer using spray paint outside when the weather permits; otherwise I use it in our shop with all the roll-up doors open.
You will notice that I didn’t spray one rod in the middle. I meant to only spray one side of it because since one rod fits into the other rod, there is no use spraying the part of the rod that won’t show. However, I wasn’t paying good attention to what I was doing and started spraying the wrong end! I guess I didn’t get enough coffee that morning! 🙂
I really love this paint as it gives anything I paint a gorgeous metallic finish.
These are the screws for the rod holders, which I also spray painted. A little tip for spraying screw heads – stick them in a piece of cardboard to hold them right side up and in place while spray painting them.
Once everything was completely dry, I got the “valance” I planned to use ready to string it onto the curtain rod. I put “valance” in quotes because it’s actually a table runner I bought at Amazon! I put it below under “Project Shopping List” along with everything else I used in this project.
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Here’s how I strung the table runner onto the curtain rod. If you try this yourself, play around with stringing it on until you get a look you like.
I really love how it turned out! 🙂 I’m sharing the tension curtain rods and curtain ring clips I used to hang the cafe curtain, which I made out of a vintage pillowcase. I’ll share how I made it in a future post.
I hope you enjoyed a thrifty way to upcycle old curtain rods! Please check out all the other awesome thrifty projects and decor from the other talented members of Thrifty Style Team through the links below!
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Sweet Pea – Upcycled Shower Curtain DIY Pillow Covers
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The Creek Line House – Making Celebrations Special During Social Distancing
The How To Home – Dollar Tree Hand Stamped Book Stack
The Tattered Pew – How to Upcyle An Old Cutting Board Using Modge Podge
Unskinny Boppy – Free Printable Easter Greeting Card
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Painting Upholstery without Fabric Medium
Salvaged Living – Tips on Buying Vintage Books for Decor
2 Bees In A Pod – Vintage Postcard Art
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
You are so smart to think to spray paint curtain rods that you already own. I love how you used the table runner as well as the pillowcase for curtains. Both look great!
Thank you so much Paula! 🙂
Kristi Pawlik Dominguez says
This is so clever…loving the contrast from the bronze and the lace! xoxo
I do too! 🙂 Thank you Kristi!
I like the black so much better! Gotta love the power of paint! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Thanks so much Cindy! You have a wonderful Easter too!
Why haven’t I thought of this??? You totally rock. It looks so pretty, Michelle!
LOL thanks so much Julie! 🙂
Julie @ Restyle Relove says
Oh my, what a great idea! The lace runner looks perfect on the window. And I love the black rods. Wondering where I can do this in my home too now! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Easter. x Julie
You’re very welcome Julie, and thank you! 🙂 Happy Easter!
Barbara Warner says
Love it. So glad you just updated an old item and didn’t throw them away. The black looks great with your valance – and once again, you used a table runner instead of buying something new. Great ideas! Proud of you.
Thank you so much Barbara! 🙂
Find contractors says
I like that you chose black color to paint the cornice. It looks very stylish and fits perfectly with the rest of the room design. This is such an interesting idea to use a pillowcase to make curtains, I would never have thought of such a thing. It looks very good, well done! You are inspiring me to do the same beautiful things for my home, thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice day!
Thank you! 🙂