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Inexpensive and Gorgeous – Using PVC Pipes in Place of Curtain Rods

Whether you’re doing exterior renovations or thinking of updating your kitchen, there’s always something you can do to make things more affordable.

It’s this kind of thinking that prompted Shelley Detton, who created the blog 7 Layer Studio, to do something a little bit different when she added a wall to her office space and started redoing the room’s interior.

With a tight project budget, Shelley knew that she couldn’t afford to spend money on expensive furnishings and add-ons. But even the best-planned updates can become expensive if you aren’t prepared to do things yourself.

For Shelley, the most surprising expense was the cost to replace her drapes and curtain rods.

“I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these walls, and I wanted the drapes to completely cover the space between the windows,” Shelley wrote on her blog. So rather than fork up the extra cash or put the project on the backburner, Shelley decided to get a little bit innovative.

By replacing her curtain rods with PVC pipes, Shelley was able to save a fortune and get the exact effect that she was looking for. After fitting the pipes onto some cheap curtain rod brackets, Shelley used 45 degree PVC couplers to seamlessly extend the PVC pipes around the angled window.

By this point, there was only two other things Shelley needed to do before hanging her curtains. “I painted the pipes black with spray paint that’s especially designed for plastic, and I only had to buy two unfinished finials for either end of the curtain rods,” wrote Shelley.

After the black paint dried, Shelley sealed her PVC curtain rods and installed decorative finials, excitedly writing: “I sprayed some of that expandable caulk sealant stuff into the open ends of the PVC, then taped the finials in place on the end before the foam had a chance to expand out the end.”

By the time she hung up some polka dot curtains, there was no way Shelley, or anybody else, could tell that the minimalist ‘curtain rods’ were actual PVC pipes.

Source: NX2
Photo: NX2

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