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
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what you need:
• 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!