I Thought It Was Odd She Used PVC Pipes, But I’m Jealous After Seeing The End Result [photos]

Updated February 6, 2017

When it is time to do some home renovations, you have just a few options. You can pay a contractor an arm and a leg to do the job right, you can try to save money and pay for a contractor who cuts corners and uses terrible materials, or you can do it yourself!

If you’re an avid DIYer who loves to save money and be creative, then you’re going to love to see this woman’s simple, inexpensive way to install curtain rods in your home.

Blogger Shelley Detton wanted to renovate her home office, so when it came time to upgrade her curtain rods, she had already spent enough money and wanted to do it on the cheap. Then she revealed her process on her blog, 7 Layer Studio.

With some creative internet searches, she realized that PVC pipes could do the job of a curtain rod but at a fraction of the price. But they are just so darn ugly, so Shelley did what she needed to make them pretty to look at. See her process below…

When it was time for Shelley to upgrade her office, she looked for simple and inexpensive solutions to make it a welcoming space.

“I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these walls, and I wanted the drapes to completely cover the space between the windows, so I knew I could get away with the 45 angle PVC couplers and the super cheap curtain rod brackets (you can buy them in unfinished pairs at Lowes for a couple bucks each set),” she explained in the blog.

She went on to paint them black and ended up saving a fortune. She continues…

“So I painted the pipes black with spray paint that’s especially designed for plastic, and I only had to buy 2 unfinished finials for either end of the curtain rods (which I also painted black, obviously). The whole rod setup for those 3 windows, including the pipes, brackets, spray paint, and finials, ended up costing about $20 – and $5 of that was for the spray paint!”

Shelley also cut a corner and used caulk to create the decorative finials. She describes…

“To make the finials (which come with a screw inserted in them already) attach to the ends of the PVC, I could have glued wooden dowels inside the ends and then screwed into that, but instead I sprayed some of that expandable caulk sealant stuff (the foamy kind that expands and then hardens) into the open ends of the PVC, then taped the finials in place on the end before the foam had a chance to expand/escape/ooze out the end.  Once it hardened (about 30 minutes) they were firmly secured in place and I didn’t have to go try and find a dowel that would fit just right inside the pipe.”

When you look at the photos of her office space, you’d never guess that those were PVC pipes and not regular curtain rods. To think that creative solutions exist right around every corner and all you need to do is look for them.

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