DIY Pipe Curtain Rod and Living Room Progress

Hey friends! Ready to dive into some DIY goodness? I told you in my last post I’d be sharing some tips and solutions for making a rental a home. Today I’m gonna do just that with a cool, industrial-chic curtain rod project and some living room progress!

Let’s start with the living room progress! Remember the before?

Updating and decorating a rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Updating and decorating a rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Updating and decorating a rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Annnd, here’s the “In Progress”:Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom CreationsI’m in love with the coziness of the space! The furniture placement provides an intimate setting and acts to divide the space up a little as well. I have a grand plan for that old shipping crate turned rolling bar in the corner and need the divided space to implement it. Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations I chose a massive shag rug with a slight shimmer from Aladdin Rugs and Decor to anchor it all.  You’ll see more of their rugs in future posts…I seriously love them more and more every day!

Creating a Story Wall, aka A Gallery WallYou can see more about this wall here!

This corner is home to prized salvage!

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom CreationsThe porch post was salvaged from an old barn at an estate auction a few years back. It remains one of my all time favorite auction memories! Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom CreationsThe hubcaps came from the same sale. I remember having a conversation with an elderly gentleman, a family friend, who described the 1957 Chevy Truck the hubcaps came from. He helped me dig around for the other two, which we never found, and advised me they likely had no value. Little did he know the value they held for me! I imagined all the roads they traveled,  all the adventures and journeys the now rusted hubcaps had taken Mrs. Minnie Faye and her husband on…I couldn’t allow them to be salvaged with the other scrap! I had to celebrate their miles! They’ve been part of my decor since. Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom CreationsHanging between the hubcaps is a mirrored medicine cabinet door. It survived a long haul with all the kiddos during a Bargains Galore on 64 sale a few years back. Quite an accomplishment!

You’ve met my favorite patinized cow already but how fabulous does she look framed in all her glory?

Modern Masters Metal Effects Cow by A to Z Custom CreationsI don’t have much table space but what I do have is filled with either vintage finds or pieces of nature.

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

These antique sewing machine drawers keep our playing cards and favorite vintage games organized and in one place. It also houses a few art supplies. It’s finished in Daddy Van’s Decorative Waxes…you can find them all in the link to the right!

Okay, on to the DIY Curtain Rod! DIY Pipe Curtain RodIt’s so simple and so affordable! I’ve used this build for to hold a sliding door before as well! I loved it so much on the adjacent wall {with the cool painted light panels} I decided to use it for my vintage panels too. You’ll need to measure your window and go beyond a little, to your liking. I went 5 inches beyond due to the vertical blinds {which I kept for privacy}. I purchased all the following items from The Home Depot:

  • A 10 ft long {3/4 in} galvanized metal pipe. They cut it down to size and threaded the ends for me. $18.270b0977dc-8764-4bfc-b2a7-7071b9c73912_1000
  • 2, 3/4 in Flanges. $7.87 each (There is a cheaper version in a darker color for $4.30)8b7221b9-b9cc-438f-b8e7-222e5e8b2399_400
  • 2, 90 degree elbows, $1.65 eachc6d31e3d-121b-4892-937a-9c4a1fd2b91a_400
  • 2, 2 in nipples {I needed the rod to extend out beyond the vertical blinds} $1.54 each4f3c751a-bf5a-4ffe-84e3-71b0c8426149_400

I already had screws and anchors on hand so I’m not including those in the calculation. Total for the above material: $40.39

Determine where you need to install the flange {I went 4 inches down from the ceiling and 5 inches beyond my window} and mark the holes with a marker. Install at least one anchor for each flange then secure one flange to the wall. Assemble one end by attaching the nipple to the elbow then to the pipe. You can do like I did and just hang your panels on the pipe but I’d suggest curtain rod clips instead. This wasn’t something I considered until after the fact but when the time comes to launder I’ll have to disassemble one end completely to remove my panels! Huge pain! At that point, I will be hanging them back up with ring clips. Anyway, once you’ve completed that step, assemble the other end and secure the remaining flange. That’s it!

I love the industrial chic look and the cost is great! Better yet, I have pipe left over for another project!

Decorating A Rental by A to Z Custom Creations

On the other wall…

Unique Window Covering Using Royal Design Studio's Stencil

Get all the details for the unique window solution here!

Still to come for this room:

A coffee table soloution

The corner bar

See ya soon with more! Smooches!

 

 

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