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diy project: drawer knob finials

by The BBB Craft Sisters

we thought of this idea one afternoon after an online purchase arrived at our doorstep: a finial and rod set that was WAY too large for the intended windows. after much internet research, we found that most finial and rod sets are on the larger size—and thus too big for our apartments and laurel canyon cabin.

we thought up this diy knob and dowel idea as a replacement that is more to scale—and under $20! we love the outcome, but are thinking about spray painting the rod a glossy black, or perhaps staining it dark—we weren’t sure and wanted to sit with it for awhile before making the decision. (we also sewed the burlap curtain, after having an equally difficult time finding basic-but-not-boring curtains.) –bbbcraft sisters

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

what you need:

•    drill
•    drawer knobs (we got ours on sale for a few dollars from anthropologie)
•    long dowel from the hardware store
•    set of café rod brackets for each dowel
•    set of t-nuts
•    hammer

•    spray paint or wood stain

what you do:

1. the first step is the fun part: pick your drawer pulls. you can find these at a hardware store, anthropologie, or a flea market.

2. measure the length of the window or door, and be sure to add a little extra on each side so that the curtain will cover it entirely.

3. take the knobs to the hardware store with you when you pick out your dowel. you will want a dowel that will fit with the end of the drawer pulls. drawer knobs can attach in different ways; some will call for a larger dowel and some for a much smaller one. it is best not to use dowels that are too small, however, as it looks funny once the curtains are hung. if you need your dowel cut down, ask them to do it at the hardware store for you.

4. after you have your dowel size, pick out a set of café rod brackets that the dowel will sit in nicely. you will also need a set of t-nuts that fit the bolt at the end of the knobs. check to make sure you have the right size t-nut by screwing the bolt attached to the knob into it.

5. find a drill bit that is the same size as your t-nut, and drill into the center of each end of the dowel. make sure the drill bit is exactly in the center, and drill slowly and straight! you may have to drill in and out a little bit. our photos here are a little off centered!

6. hammer your t-nut into the holes.

7. screw in your pulls (remove the bolts first, you can keep the washers on or not).

8. hang your café rods above your window or door, and hang your curtains!

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    • You’re such a genius! I wonder if you know another shortcut to make rods to hang double panels of curtains? Thank you so much for your great ideas!

  • Love this idea! I was falling in love with knobs online yesterday…only I don’t have any furniture needing knobs right now. But I do need new curtain rods! Thank you for sharing.

  • curtain rod finials and drawer knobs can also make great lamp finials if you find basic brass cap finials at a big box and a bit of crazy glue. opens up a whole new range of style assets.

    in reasonable lengths, and depending on the curtain rings or tab tops, big box white plastic irrigation pipe can also serve as curtain rods. just paint or self cover with the curtain fabric and paste.

  • Love this! i have some rods i’d like to change out but just couldn’t shell the dough for it! i wish i had an anthro near me b/c i swoon over their hardware!

  • thank you. i knew there was a more economical and creative way to do curtain rods i just could put the pieces together! the cafe rod brackets were the key i needed.

  • Love, love, love this! I’m getting ready to make some curtains and this will be unique and cost effective. Thanks!

  • I had the same issue with boring/basic curtains. Instead of paying for custom-made ones, I went to Target and found a linen shower curtain with a to-die-for pattern (perfectly matching my pillows) for $25 each. I love the door knob idea, I think I’ll try it!

  • Such a great idea! Too cute, I’ll be trying this one most definitely. Any excuse to shop Anthropologie :)

  • What an excellent curtain rod solution! Curtain rods are so expensive – generally the most expensive part of a DiY drapery project – and I am excited to use this cheaper and prettier alternative!
    I definitely think a dark stain or varnish would look fantastic with those finials and curtains.

  • Love this! I love random door knobs to decorate with and this would be a great way to incorporate them.

  • Do your burlap curtains have a smell to them? Last year I planned to make burlap curtains for my studio, but after I made one test curtain I realized I could not tolerate the smell – even though I prewashed the burlap. I was wondering if there is a source for organic or “unscented” burlap.

  • i’m with danielle, i was trying to figure out how to do the brackets. i just moved into a new place and was thinking i *should* just use the curtain rods i already have, but i *want* glossy black ones–but they are so ‘spensive!! this post is perfect in timing, thanks!!

  • This is IDEAL for my curtain rod, which is actually PVC pipe I haven’t painted yet. And I’m going to an antique store tomorrow. I love love love t his idea…thanks!

  • I have lots of windows to cover and here is my inexpensive method: I bought hollow metal rods at the hardware store and sawed them to size. You can spray paint them if you want. While you’re at the hardware store buy corks that are snug-fitting inside the pipe. I used drawer pulls for my finials. Drill a hole in the cork, snug them into the rods and screw the drawer pulls right into the cork! I just purchased old “Hot” and “Cold” faucet handles for the finials on my bathroom curtains. I don’t know if the cork will hold the weight, so I may use this method. Thanks DS!

  • I have been looking for the perfect idea for my new painter’s canvas dropcloth drapes that I made, complete with my grandchildren’s footprint stamping, for our boathouse, and this is THE perfect idea…thank you

  • 1this is a wonderful idea – no two houses have the same window sizes and curtain rods are so expensive you really had a fantastic idea -Things are really hard for a lot of us who are really having a hard time-unemployed and job searching so any ideas that can save us money are always welcome! Keep them coming!

  • Quick question…how did u attach the screw to the knob? Most drawer knobs are female so that u can screw them in from the inside of the drawer. Please advise! I LOVE this idea!!!

  • I am putting up curtains in 3 diff rooms. I got some really nice and pretty tablecloths for A STEAL on line and am hanging them with ring clips. I had to buy new rods for living area, but found them on clearance as well as a swivel corner connector that screws into each rod. I saw how you did yours and got some knobs at Hobby Lobby for $2 each considering I really needed to add some yellow color to the black rods. Great idea, thx.
    Then I sure don’t ow ant to have to buy anymore rods for the other 2 rooms and now I read a great idea on how to do it even if the ends are hollow. Thanks everybody and I am so thankful I found your site!

  • Thought of the same thing,and procrastinated from the idea because I need double rods plus a third one for sheers, for 3 large windows, and thats 1 out of 6 rooms needing the same. I saw something on line but thinks to this, it’s DIY time!!!

  • Very similar to what I did MANY years ago for my daughter who had a large expanse of window that we couldn’t find a substantial rod for . That said; we used a sizable diameter dowel and as we wanted the appearance and function of one single rod (being wood) we were able to join two together then added turned wooden finials and finished them off with a painted crackle finish. All in all she even though she ended up with one-of-a-kind, it more than suited its purpose. -Brenda-
    P.S.: To join the dowels together I know we drilled a small hole at one end of each and applied some type of threaded bolt to secure the two together, finishing off with a bit of wood filler to hide its seam. Can’t recall if we took the precaution of gluing the bolt in position but know it held up and the rod itself only required the two end support brackets.