DIY Rustic Curtain Rod
Well, I made a hot rod. Just kidding, it’s actually a curtain rod. But it looks damn hot in my living room. I’m fully making a second one for our bedroom once I figure out what curtains I want to use in there.
The rationale for needing to make a curtain rod honestly came down to the fact that I knew I would be spending a fortune on an extra-long, stable curtain rod. We had one in our bedroom, and it was in-expensive, not quite long enough, and it showed. The centre bracket was often very close to coming out, it didn’t sit properly, and I was so nervous to open or close the curtains in the event the rod fell out the centre (it did, multiple times).
In my research into curtain rods, I came across Rachel from Maison De Pax’s image of a curtain rod she DIY’ed. It was perfect. Completely rustic, all of the Restoration Hardware vibes you could ask for. I was totally in love. So, I decided to do my take on a DIY Restoration Hardware inspired curtain rod and here’s what I ended up with.
PS – completely ignore the mis-matched curtain hanging situation – I was debating what look to go for. Turns out I didn’t like either, and really need to update the photos to reflect where I landed!
Enough chit chat, let’s make some curtain rods!
What You Need to Make a Rustic Curtain Rod
Here’s what you need to make my version of the DIY Restoration Hardware inspired curtain rod:
- 2 corbels
- 1 wooden dowel (min 1″ in diameter) – length TBD based on your window (I went 14″ wider than my window on either side) –
- 2 bun foot furniture legs
- Three keyhole picture hanger hooks
- White Paint (to whitewash) and Rustoleum Aged Glaze
- Gloves (to save your hands from the stain)
- Something to apply and wipe off the paint/glaze with
Tools you need:
How to Make Your Own Rustic Curtain Rod
1. Using your mitre saw, cut your corbels evenly in half. Make sure you use stops so that you can safely cut it and not have your hands near the saw blade. Check out my Instagram highlights if you’re confused.)
2. Take your sander and round the edges of the corbel to match the original look (after you cut the corbels, there will be one straight side and one rounded side).
3. Using a hole saw, cut a hole in your corbels towards the top (I left about half an inch of space from the top) where your rod will go through. Make sure the hole is slightly larger than the rod diameter. Trace the same hole over the next corbel to make sure the holes are in the same spot on each corbel.
5. On the back of the corbels, measure 1.5 inches down from the top. Take your keyhole picture hooks and trace the outline of one. Using your chisel and hammer, chisel out the general shape of the keyhole. Make it deep enough so the keyhole can sit sunk in on the corbel and the corbel can sit flat on the wall.
6. Sand down your dowel.
7. Mix 25% white paint with 75% water. White-wash everything (the corbels, dowel, furniture legs). Once the white-wash has had the opportunity to dry, add your aged glaze. Wipe it off as you go. Repeat this until you’re happy with the colour. Let everything dry.
8. At each end of the pole, drill holes for your furniture legs to go in. You want these holes to be as centred as possible, and the same size, if not slightly smaller than the screws in the furniture legs.
9. That’s it! Now hang your corbels, slide the rod through the holes with your curtains on it and you’re good to go! A beautiful rustic Restoration Hardware inspired curtain rod at your fingertips!
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