From Corbels to Curtain Rod!

August 10th, 2010 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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This is what you get when you take a couple of  corbels, some piping from your local hardware store, and a little  imagination!
I started with these uber cool corbels purchased for $15 a piece at a local flea market.  They were pretty dirty so I cleaned them up and sprayed them with a matt poly.  I liked their chippiness, so I choose not to paint them.
I went to my local hardware store and purchased the piping and attached pieces.  Dont ask me their official names...I just call them thingamajigs.  They come in either silver or black, but black worked better in my home.  When you buy the pipes at the hardware store, they will thread them for you as you will obviously need specific lengths.
Okay, I guess I know the technical name for the round pieces.  Theyre called flanges.  I used anchors and black screws to attach them to the wall.
I then measured the distance of the pipes to the corbel, and attached the corbel to the wall. 
I attached a flange to the end of one of the pipes.
I then screwed the other end into the t center piece.
The end with the flange was then attached to the corbel.  Be sure to have the curtain on the rod before you secure it!  Haha!
Repeat for the other side and wa-la!  A unique, one  of a kind curtain rod!
And I didnt even need help from my hubby to do it.   Okay, maybe I had  him hold the rod while I screwed it in.  But it was  really a simple  project.  Do I seem impressed with myself?  LOL!  And I  think it turned  out darn good if I do say so myself (can  you hear me  patting myself on  the back?)!!
This is what you get when you take a couple of  corbels, some piping from your local hardware store, and a little  imagination!

This is what you get when you take a couple of corbels, some piping from your local hardware store, and a little imagination!

When we first moved into our home, I created a curtain rod out of black piping and corbels for my Great Room.  It was very inexpensive (about $20 without the corbels) and definitely made a statement.  When I found some more corbels at a recent Flea Market, I decided it was time to  duplicate the look in my hearth room and replace the store bought curtain rod I had there.  All together (including the corbels), it cost me $50, which was the price I paid for the plain curtain rod I had there.  And I think this one is much more interesting!  What do you think?

To see the originals in my Great Room, you can find them on a previous JMS post here.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette of Cottage Elements
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, wood, cottage, artwork, whimsical, fun, white, black, window coverings

Comments (15)

shootermcg2 writes: Well done! I love adding rustic looking corbels and brackets to any project I am working on...I never thought of a curtain rod!!! Posted: 10:05 am on April 12th
Vintagemommy writes: Love it!! Very unique and definitely makes a statement in that room! Posted: 12:53 pm on August 19th
54girl writes: Love, love these!! Very nice job!

Mary Posted: 6:02 pm on August 13th
shabbychick writes: Lani - Those corbels are SO perfect (or imperfect in all their chippiness??). And what a great way to show them off AND hang curtains!

Kathy Posted: 10:02 am on August 11th
JunkArchitect writes: Wow! I think corbels would definitely make the top ten list of junkers favorite finds. Ya done good Lani…it’s looks amazing.

Posted: 9:22 am on August 11th
chippingcharm writes: very cool Lani! Yes, my hubby and I often fight it out over where and how you put things into the walls. Glad you stuck it out, it looks great! Laurel Posted: 9:42 pm on August 10th
SnowmanHill writes: Hi Lani,
Great job, love the corbels. I hope you are staying cool down in the cities.

dana Posted: 3:14 pm on August 10th
CottageElements writes: Hey, Donna. I did buy anchors to use and used some, but then found a stud on one of them. The center piece also has four anchors in it and that also supports it. My husband is fanatical about screwing into studs and I argued with him on it. That's one reason I did it myself. Doesn't he realize that "pretty" is more important then sturdy? Hahaha. Actually each corbel has about five screws in it and it's very secure.

Lani Posted: 1:44 pm on August 10th
alicemom writes: Lani,
LOve it!!! I can not believe you found those corbels for $15! You were in the right spot! Good on you!
smiles, alice Posted: 1:37 pm on August 10th
RustyDiva writes: VERY industrial chic!!! LOVE it!! Those corbels are to die for ~ awesome find for fifteen bucks!

Kenda Posted: 1:10 pm on August 10th
junktiqueboutique writes: Beautiful job. I love them. Posted: 12:20 pm on August 10th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: LOVE! Those corbels are great!! Did you use anchors wherever you screwed stuff in?

I did something similar in my bedroom, simply using a cut off steel rod, then hitting it with a grinder to bring out some steel accents through the black. I love it everytime I look at it too! :)

Posted: 12:05 pm on August 10th
sandyrae writes: love it! great job! Posted: 11:00 am on August 10th
byabpryor writes: Very nice Lanette. It looks beautiful.
. Posted: 10:25 am on August 10th
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