I have this large window seat bench in my living room. I love how it brings lots of sunlight and adds a second sitting area in the room. I’ve been wanting to add some curtains to the big windows but didn’t want the curtains to block any sunlight because we need all of the light we can get in our living room because there’s NO over head or ceiling lighting (what were the builders of our house thinking?) I wanted these curtains to be purely decorative and really serve no purpose other than to frame the windows. Copper has been a recent trend in interior design and thought it would be fun to incorporate copper by making some short copper pipe curtain rods to hang some pretty curtains.
I love how these two curtain rods turned out.
This was a really easy project you can do it in an afternoon.
I was researching how to make a copper curtain rod out of copper piping and found this handy tutorial, but I had to tweak it to create my curtain rods.
Here is what you’ll need to create short curtain rods made from copper piping.
– 4 3/4″ copper fixtures, I used these ones. (You can use whatever ends you want, I thought these were really cool looking)
– 2 packs of 3/4″ rod brackets
The first step you’ll need to do is spray paint two coats of paint on the rod brackets and screws that are included in the packet. While these are drying all you need to do to assemble the curtain rod is take the fixture ends and screw them or fit them over each of the ends.
* I found out that some of the fixtures ends don’t always fit even if it’s the same size as the copper pipe. If you experience this, continue to read. If not, you can skip this.
I tired for over a hour trying to get some of the fixtures to fit over the ends of the pipes and it wasn’t working. Feeling frustrated I went back to Home Depot to exchange the fixtures for ones that would fit and to my luck they sold out of my end fixtures. After talking to a pipe expert at Home Depot he recommended me to heat up the fixtures on the stove and by doing this I’ll be able to get to fit. I went back home and tried it and it freaking work, so I’m going to share how to do this.
Turn on one of your stove tops on high. Place the end where the pipe will go into face down on the stove. Let the copper fixture heat up for about 5-6 minutes.
Put some leather gloves on and pick up the end fixture with pliers and pick up the fixture from the stove top and place it on some cardboard (so you don’t melt or burn your counter top).
Fit the pipe over the fixture and take your hands (with the gloves on) and slowly twist the fixture on the pipe. You might want to wait a minute or two after the fixture has cooled down, I could still feel a lot of heat from the fixture through my gloves. Work at it until the fixture is completely on each side of the pipe.
The heat is going to change the color of the copper, so it’s going to look like this afterwards. No worry, it’s easy to clean copper.
Pour some vinegar into a cup and let the fixture soak in the vinegar for a few minutes. Take a wet rag and pour salt on it and rub the fixture until it gets clean or looks like this.
Once you’re done assembling the curtains rods you’ll need to figure out where you want to place your rod brackets to support the curtain rod.
I hate screwing things in the wall, because I always make mistakes and have to place several holes to get it right.
I find the easiest way to do this is to take the curtain rod and find where you think it looks great, mark the spot where you need to put the screws in the rod brackets, screw the screws to hold the rod bracket, and then take a stick and place a leveler over it and mark where the other side needs to be to be leveled. Mark that spot and then screw the screws in. Put the curtain on the rod and place the curtain rod in the brackets and you’re done!
Stay tuned to the blog where I share how I created these no sew velvet short curtains for way cheap!
I have more plans for this space like: adding pillows, ripping out the carpet and make some bench seats, painting the walls, and putting some white trim. But until then I’ll just enjoy these cute curtains and stylish curtain rods.