DIY Gold Curtain Rods


Disclaimer: this was probably the easiest DIY project I have ever, and will ever do(my bathroom shelves are a close second).

Greg, Kennedy, and I had just moved into a new apartment. With a new apartment comes a ton of DIY projects – sorry Greg! I had a vision for how I wanted our bedroom to look. Banana leaf wallpaper, navy velvet headboard, teal curtains, and gold accents. I didn’t intend on needing to DIY my curtain rods, because curtain rods come in basically every finish and size you could possibly want, right? Turns out that is in fact correct, however my twenty-something budget wasn’t really feelin’ it. I was struggling to find curtain rods in a brassy/gold finish that would also be long enough for my super wide windows, they’re over 8 feet and basically take up the whole wall, which is great for natural light, but not great for my wallet.

Greg and I took a trip to Home Depot for something – I honestly don’t remember what it was for, I think I’ve spent more time in Home Depot over the last two months than I’ve actually been in my apartment. I was roaming the aisles and came across the plumbing aisle. There, I found 3/4″ copper pipe in 5′ sections. I had an epiphany in aisle 13 – why don’t I just buy pipe and spray paint it gold?! So I grabbed 4 5′ pieces of copper pipe, 4 tube caps, 2 and 2 couplings and made my way over to the window treatment section and grabbed 3 packs of brackets similar to these I got a can of Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint and headed to check out!

What you’ll need:

A couple of notes before we get started

  • The curtain rod brackets I linked also come in gold so as long as they are close enough you won’t have to paint yours!
  • My windows were super wide, so I didn’t need to cut the pipes at all. There is about 1′ sticking out on either side, but I wanted that look since I plan on using curtains with pockets opposed to grommets so I really wanted the rods to be seen! If you want yours shorter, someone at your hardware store should be able to cut them to size for you!
  • You definitely will need a middle bracket if you have wide windows like me or the curtains will pull the rod down in the middle.
  • I chose a really small diameter pipe because I wanted something dainty, but a thicker diameter would also work!

Let’s get started!

  1. Lay out all of the pieces in a well ventilated area on a tarp or drop cloth.
  2. Remove all labels and stickers from the pipe and the connectors/caps
  3. Spray all of your pieces with the spray paint and let dry for 2 hours
  4. Flip them over and give them another coat anywhere you may have missed
  5. Let dry for 2 hours and double check for any missed spots.
  6. If no spots were missed, let dry overnight to make sure you don’t smudge anything
  7. Attach your pipes using the couplings and put on the tub caps. You don’t need to use any glue, but you can if you want
  8. Hang brackets in desired location above windows
  9. Place rod in the brackets!
  10. Put up your curtains and let the compliments roll in 🙂

Here are some pictures of the whole thing in progress! Only three because it was literally THAT easy.


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