A very chilly Hello to everyone out there. I hope you are all staying inside and warm today. I ran all of my errands yesterday, so the twins and I are inside all day today. We are deep cleaning, re-arranging, and working on blog projects all day. What a great way to keep our minds off the sub-zero temps outside!
I have been wanting to hang curtains in the living room for a few months, and now seems like a safe time. The twins are walking on their own – no longer holding on to anything within reach as they stumble around. But here’s the challenge: my budget. Under no circumstance was I willing to spend more than $60 on this project.
It started about 2 months ago when I found drapery panels for $25 at HomeGoods. $25 for TWO! Sold! They are short drapery panels, which is perfect since I didn’t want to weigh down my large living room window with a long drapery rod and heavy curtains. Plus, with our heavy-duty shades, I have no need to ever “draw the blinds.” I just wanted to hang decorative curtains. No need to be functional.
I was off to a great start. Then I started looking for short drapery rods. Either I was shopping at the wrong stores, or these simply do not exist. Seriously. The only short drapery rods I could find were 1/2-inch in diameter. This was not the look I was going for. I wanted something at least 1 inch in diameter.
Off to Home Depot. They have a selection of “build your own” drapery rods from Martha Stewart. 1-3/8 inch end caps were $3.97 for a set of two, and brackets were $7.97 for a set of two. I was willing to pay a bit more for heavy-duty wooden brackets since I knew I would have two toddlers pulling on the curtains and testing the strength of the brackets.
Then I started looking at drapery rods – thinking I could just cut one into two shorter pieces. But one drapery rod was $20. This would be a budget breaker. Then I asked myself, “What’s the difference between a drapery rod and a wooden dowel?” Not much. So I bought a 1-1/4 inch wooden dowel for $4.10. That’s 1/5 the price of a regular drapery rod!
I took the wooden dowel to work and had one of the guys in the shop cut it into two 17-inch pieces and drill a hole in each end. I spray painted the dowels white, and I had two DIY drapery rods for a fraction of the price. I took everything home, screwed the end caps into my dowels, and hung my drapes. Done.
Now for the most important part. Did I stick to my $60 budget? Here’s my budget breakdown:
$58.58! That’s a number I like – I like it almost as much as I like my new curtains. They really brighten up my gray living room. And R likes them too!
I plan on incorporating more “ice blue” in my neutral living room, and can’t wait to share more projects with you.