Hello Week 5!
Things are finally starting to heat up around here as the styling portion of our makeover begins!
This week I hung our custom lucite-inspired acrylic curtain rod and drapery panels.
I have to give credit to Kris (one of my favorite bloggers) over at Driven by Decor for her amazing post on this very same project. She credits Grace from A Storied Style for her inspiration to tackle this DIY as well providing a great tutorial (found here). Fortunately for those of us that have since followed in Grace’s lucite-loving footsteps, she’s already done the majority of the research on this project for us. Online, she found Nationwide Plastics– a company that sells acrylic rods for much less than any retail version I’ve been able to find to date. She provides excellent details on the various options for rod types, lengths, and sizes as well as their contact information here (FYI- while you can email them for a quote, they ask that you call in to place the order for credit card security safety).
Based on Grace and Kris’s fantastic recommendations, I too went with a 1 1/2″ cellcast acrylic rod in the longest single run available- 8′ long (NP will cut the rods to any length for you at no additional charge should you need yours shorter. However, if your window requires a rod longer than 8′, you will simply order two rods cut at 1/2 the needed width each and butt them together at the center bracket as Kris did). With s/h, my rod ran right about $100- A far cry from those $500-$700 rods trending in all of the magazines!
Also following suit, I ordered the same brass supports (3 of the 1.5″ OD polished brass railing brackets) from BuyRailings.com (sourced by Kristin of The Hunted Interior) and choose the matching flush endcaps from there, too. Why try to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, right?! Thanks ladies for all of your fancy leg work!
While I searched high and low for inexpensive brass/gold hardware, I came up empty on finding ones large enough to fit a 1.5″ diameter rod in a price point I was comfortable with. Eventually I just settled on these simple satin nickel ring clips from Lowe’s and spray painted them with my favorite metallic gold paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby). That particular Krylon spray paint is a dead ringer for the polished brass brackets and matched to a T! (My favorite matte gold spray paint can be found here).
The super chic striped taffeta panels where a steal from Overstock, but are now out of stock. However, you can still find them through Wayfair.