Updating out-of-style curtain rods – DIY quickie

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Remember when I mentioned that when we moved into this house every window was covered in awful curtains?  Granted, they most likely were not awful to the prior owners, but they just were NOT our style.  Most of them were very ornate and heavy with lots of dark colors and tassels, etc.

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Sorry, this pic isn’t great but this is the only one I could find that you can see the living room curtains in.  This was taken before we bought our house.

The only bonus was that some of the windows were also left with nice curtain rods.  Again, not ones that were our style, but they were free sooooo…we reused them.  I did purchase new sheer curtains for our living room but the old curtain rods would need to work.

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I considered painting them silver (in fact I did this for a set of them in our guest bedroom) but I liked the look of the black rods for this room so they stayed for a bit.  For some reason those fan looking seashell finials bothered me.  ick.

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Meanwhile, I poured over designer catalogs waiting for the day I could pull the trigger and replace them.  A few that I really liked were:

This one from Ethan Allen in black...

This one from Ethan Allen in black…

This beauty from Restoration Hardware...

This beauty from Restoration Hardware…

Hello Pottery Barn catalog, this one was definitely a top option.

Hello Pottery Barn catalog, this one was definitely a top option.

But my favorite was this one… For the rods and finials it would have cost me a whopping $312 for the four windows in our living room.

so simple and modern.  Why must you cost so much?! Maybe I should get a job at Pottery Barn...

so simple and modern. Why must you cost so much?! Maybe I should get a job at Pottery Barn…

I did not have $312.00 to spend on curtain hardware for one room… I did however have $3.12.  LOL.

I removed old finials and combined the existing rods with this:

wooden disks from Hobby Lobby and craft paint.

wooden disks from Hobby Lobby and craft paint.

I painted the wooden disks with black craft paint and then hot glued them to the ends of my rods.  Seriously… took about 15 minutes…

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How freaking easy is that? (Side Note: It is well known that Syd holds the record for most accomplished photo bomber everrrrr.)

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I kinda love this project – sometimes you have to get creative when you don’t have a ton of money to spend!

Less than $2 later...

Less than $2 later…

Cheers to thinking outside the catalog box!  We are slowly but surely redoing each window covering.  I’m sure you noticed this in my Office room tour…

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It takes a lot of time and thought to really put your home together the way you want, but it doesn’t always have to take a lot of money!

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