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« on: December 10, 2005 12:42:38 AM »

Ok, so I sheepishly add my project here even though it's really not terribly creative considering the other amazing entries here. Thought I'd add it anyway as a source of inspiration maybe?

6 foot length of copper plumbing - $3.00
2 hooks - $0.50 each =                $1.00
end caps - $0.30 each=                $0.60
total:                                         $4.60

I'd been brainstorming about a nice curtain rod for my kitchen for a while and happened upon a cool looking aged, coppery one in a boutique store once and it was actually a length of copper plumbing!

I borrowed my bro's tube cutter, screwed the hooks into the wall, capped the length of plumbing and hung it up! Now I just need to make a nice curtain! And since I liked that so much I made the same rods for every window in our apt.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42534curtain_rod_2.jpg

note the beautiful orange glint it gives off. Fortunately I declined to polish the rods so they look nice and aged. Please excuse the leftover party decorations!
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2005 02:36:32 AM »

I love it, I think it's genius. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2005 10:17:35 AM »

I love it, I think it's genius. Smiley

awww, thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2005 10:30:55 AM »

Ooooo, I love these! I have always liked the look of copper, but never knew how to use it indoors. I may have to try this. Smiley Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2005 10:47:10 AM »

Ooooo, I love these! I have always liked the look of copper, but never knew how to use it indoors. I may have to try this. Smiley Great job!

And they're so much more interesting than the standard black metal or something. they're so pretty and add that extra splash of color on my walls. give it a go!
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2005 12:06:52 PM »

That's a good idea.  I might try it out at my next place of residence... in Denver (okay, I'm excited about moving and we don't even leave until July).  Our place now is a rental and it has those icky blinds.  I like the idea of having thin curtains that let in light, but still block the attentions of your next door neighbor.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2005 08:08:01 AM »

Excellent idea!  I am right now trying to cover all the windows in our house.  We have one window that is over 10 feet wide, and finding a rod for it is difficult, and when you do find one it's REALLY expensive.  I'm sure the pipe is a lot stronger than the cheap rods, too, that tend to bow if you stretch them too wide.

A note about curtains that are sheer enough to let in sunlight but still hide from neighbors... I did this in our house, and I love the effect, but I'm now going to hang a second curtain to draw over the windows at night, because while in the daytime, light comes in, we can see out, no one can see in, I have found that at night, when it's dark outside and light inside, the reverse is true -- we can't see out, but anyone on the street can see in.

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2005 06:47:08 PM »

That's a good idea.  I might try it out at my next place of residence... in Denver (okay, I'm excited about moving and we don't even leave until July).  Our place now is a rental and it has those icky blinds.  I like the idea of having thin curtains that let in light, but still block the attentions of your next door neighbor.

Oh god, I HATE blinds! LOL! I had them covering every.single.window . in here.
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2005 06:52:41 PM »

Excellent idea!  I am right now trying to cover all the windows in our house.  We have one window that is over 10 feet wide, and finding a rod for it is difficult, and when you do find one it's REALLY expensive.  I'm sure the pipe is a lot stronger than the cheap rods, too, that tend to bow if you stretch them too wide.

A note about curtains that are sheer enough to let in sunlight but still hide from neighbors... I did this in our house, and I love the effect, but I'm now going to hang a second curtain to draw over the windows at night, because while in the daytime, light comes in, we can see out, no one can see in, I have found that at night, when it's dark outside and light inside, the reverse is true -- we can't see out, but anyone on the street can see in.

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Having the right length was such a problem for us. This way you can just customize it to your needs. We needed an L joint and it was so easy to deal with. Just have enough hook supports and the rod should hold up just fine. It does bow when my kids pull on the curtains...(you need to watch for those joints as they're not terribly wide) ...but barring that no bowing at all, they've worked just fine. I have some heavier cotton curtains and some gauzy cotton sheers...no problems.

HAHA! about the neighbours looking in. God I hate that!
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2005 11:30:53 AM »

It's shiney.  I like shiney things. I like your curtain rods.
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