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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

{DIY} Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

This Summer our son turned 12, and just like that, he was practically a teenager. (Don't worry, you didn't miss the post...the party is scheduled for this month.) Which meant it was time for some room upgrades, or in his words, 'Moooooooooom, take the baby stuff out of my room. Please?'

You'll recall the purpose of his room makeover a few years ago was to welcome him in to tween-dom, so I'm a little confused as to why it no longer makes the 'cool kid' cut. But I'm all for making a space he's happy and comfortable in, so we've been making some tweaks here and there.

The first thing he wanted, was to block the sun from streaming in early every morning. (Teenagers = Sleepers, apparently) The DIY Drop Cloth Drapes still looked great, but didn't offer a lot of darkness, and his old curtain rod was barely anchored to the wall after a few rowdy sleepovers. For only a few bucks, we were able to solve both problems!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

First thing we needed was a solid, sturdy rod...not only to support the heavier drapes, but to withstand boys who open-and-close said drapes with extra 'flair'. I thought an industrial aesthetic would be perfect for his room, and the internet had no shortage for these pipe curtain rod tutorials. (West Elm sells them, if you're not interested in DIYing your own.)

{Supplies}

1 ~ 1/2" wide pipe, longer than your window
2 ~ 1/2" floor flanges (the 1/2" represents the diameter of the opening)
2 ~ 1/2" x 2 1/2" nipples
(Really?! They couldn't think of another name for this part?!
I don't know who snickered more...me, or my 12-year-old son!)
2 ~ 1/2" 90-degree elbows

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

Our window is 70-inches wide, so we bought a 10-foot long pipe...and the wizards in the orange aprons cut it down to 90-inches, and re-threaded it for us. For free!


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Since it's true galvanized piping, I cleaned everything with a wet rag first to limit the black smudges on our hands and curtains while working with it. Then assemble the flange, nipple and elbow like this:

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod
Some thread edges are sharp, so be careful!

You need to screw the pipe into both ends, and hang the rod fully-assembled, so it's definitely a two-person job. If you're using curtain rings, put them on before assembling the rod!! I recruited Mr. Sugarplum who busted out his signature lunge to get the anchors and brackets in place. (Remember the wardrobe choice of this lunge?)

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He held the rod in place while I marked the holes, then he placed heavy-duty anchors in the drywall for added security (the rod is fairly heavy, even without drapes). Then I held the rod while he screwed it in the anchors. Try not to bump the wall with the metal because it will leave a mark. 

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

 I used these silver curtain rings and clipped the curtains on after the rod was hung.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

Now, for the brightness issue...I wasn't interested in dropping a bunch of cash for 10 yards of blackout fabric. So I went back to my original penny-saver idea, and bought another pair of 6x9 drop cloths for $10, and sewed them on as liners. Yes, you read that right...I sewed them! (It went moderately better than this sewing attempt.)
  
Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

The extra layer made the drapes look fuller and more substantial (see the before here), and his room is quite a bit darker now when they're closed.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

Now he has a cool new industrial rod, and prime sleeping conditions...all for less than $40! Success! Next on his radar, is the 'baby stuff' on the gallery wall.

Check out how Natasha used these rods in her son's adorable room. And my girl, Courtney, just glammed up a set for her gorgeous new living room drapes! I have seriously clever friends!

33 comments:

  1. Ummmmmmm.....I'm searching for a nipple joke.....but I'm coming up empty. For shame.

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  2. hubby and i used them for our outdoor curtains http://pixelimpress.blogspot.com/search/label/pool
    it is the one thing that folks comment on consistently when they visit our outdoor space. they love the look, as do we. you were smart to put your curtains on rings. my curtains have grommets, so if i want to take down a panel (we had a damaged panel and had to replace it) i have to unscrew the rod from the patio overhang and risk stripping screw holes. (the "lunge" is too funny!)

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  3. Galvanized piping is perfect for a 12 year old boy. Great idea doubling up the drop clothes! I did drop cloth curtains in the living room and add a stripe of ribbon (painted to match my pillows). I get compliments on them all the time. No one knows they are drop clothes!

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  4. I'm with Shaeffer...there has to be a nipple joke there somewhere...
    These look perfect for a rising teen's room!

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  5. Cassie, you are brilliant! I've loved the galvanized curtain rods for a while now, but keep putting it off. No longer!

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  6. Woot woot! Looks great, girl. Perfect for those heavy drapes, too!

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  7. Love the galvanized piping! That is such a cool look!

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  8. This is an awesome and industrial addition. I love that Home Depot will cut things for me. I am terrified of saws, but many of my projects require them. They truly are wizards!

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  9. These turned out great!! Such a great detail for a boy's room {obvi!}. And thanks for the shout out!! XO

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  10. Hi Cassie! This is just a great post on sooo many levels! Love the nipple comment! I can think of some other names for what they look like! And, the mr. sugarplum shot was priceless! My {first} husband has an identical ladder shot! I love that you don't have blinds on the window? my kids have the best views in the house and I have blinds on them! I might just have to get up there on their first day back to school (less protests) and do some changes! Love, Love, Love! laura

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  11. These look awesome. I never thought for a kids room, I have a similar look in the bathroom. Also, I am nervous to get to the "get the baby stuff out!" phase! Good luck!

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  12. I find it funny that everyone is leaving a comment about your creativity (and I do think you are creative & love the idea) however I can't get over how hilariuos your freaking husband is! What is with that pose!!!!! Too funny & love his outfit choices:)

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  13. I wish I had seen this about a month ago before I put a new rod up in my son's room, but this is so cool I might have to switch it out!

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  14. What a great idea for a boys' room! It would be great in an industrial-style loft too!

    You put me to shame, Cassie!

    Annie XO

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  15. Okay, this is a FANTASTIC idea for curtain rods! Bravo!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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  16. Looks great Cassie! And, look at all of those trophies!!

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  17. Amazing! What a brilliant idea...yet pretty simple. Now you have my head spinning.

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  18. What a great masculine/industrial touch for his room! I'm sure he's loving it--lucky him to have such a cool mom. :) Hope you're having a great week, Cassie!

    ~Abby =)

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  19. Go girl...I have used the same stuff for rods and they are dang sturdy. Love your husbands sexy lunge......he's got some skilz......

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  20. Love the industrial look! I'm so glad you posted this, because I always wanted to do the same thing, but never would have imagined it could be that cheap/easy! Keep them coming!

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  21. Genius. These are so cool, your nipples look great. ;) Sarah

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  22. We have these rods in our bedrooms and living room, but we used chain link fencing rods. love, love, love the look and the painter's drop cloth material!

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  23. Those are some large nipples. They will go great with the builder grade boob lights. :)

    I have loved this idea since I first read Natasha's post on it. Man I am behind! My 2 year old son totally needs this done in his room. Of course I also need to copy Natasha's and Megan's idea of using the West Elm striped shower curtain as drapes. He definitely needs some navy striped drapes.

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  24. Yay!! I am so happy to have found this post (how did I not see it before?). I planned on doing this in my son's room when we update it, and thought oh boy how am I going to figure this one out (my hubby is less than handy - although a nipple expert, LOL!!!!). So I will be following your steps for sure. Thank you!!

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  25. Well my comment disappeared. So hopefully it went away forever and I won't be posting the same thing twice ...... I wanted to say YAY, I am so happy to have found this post, and don't know how I missed it before! I am totally doing this in my son's room when we update it. He wants a Supercross inspired room and I thought using pipe for a curtain rod would be super cool, but wondered how in the world I could do it, and my husband (who is not handy at all but IS a nipple expert, LOL!) had no pipe advice either. Haha .. I'm cracking myself up. Anyway, I will definitely be referring back to this post when we update my guy's room! Thank you!!

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  26. Your room looks great. We moved into an older house with large energy-inefficient windows and I need to get curtains up asap. These look great and seem to be pretty thrifty too. I do have a question for you about yours, did you use a support or bracket in the center of the rod? In the photo it looks like there's something there (screw holes?) but no bracket. I'm concerned with a 120" pole that we'd have sagging or a floppy pole(?) I'd appreciate your response. Thanks so much!

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  27. Great idea! I had actually done something similar in my guest bathroom for the towel rack an toilet paper holder! www.lovesthefind.com

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  28. Hello!! Thanks for the tutorial! Any idea how you would get the curtains off , if you needed to wash them for instance, without having to uninstall??

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  29. We used a standard retractable curtain rod on ours and added a "T" fitting at the center of the rod. This eliminates the issue of getting the curtains on and off and adds extra stability to the rod, not to mention cuts down the overall weight. The standard rod fits nicely into each fitting.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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