As I sit in my screened-in-porch this lovely Sunday evening with a light breeze and curtains blocking the heat of the sun, I thought I should share another DIY project I recently finished up.
I may have mentioned before, but I will again. This past spring my husband and I had a screened-in-porch added to our home. I've been working hard to furnish and decorate the space with projects like Bianca the Bench and Porch Coffee Table with Built-in Cooler.
We love our new porch. Although, we do not love how close our porch is to our neighbors outdoor area. Oh don't get me wrong, I love our neighbors, however, a little privacy would be nice. We knew what we were getting into when we purchased a new home in a densely populated area outside of DC.
Additionally, when the sun sets, the lights pours into the porch from this side and is blinding. So I had plenty of reason to purchase outdoor curtains for our new porch. I even invested in the fancy, real outdoor curtains that are fade resistant, water resistant, machine washable... basically indestructible. I plan to use the curtains year after year. I did purchase the curtains on sale and with a coupon but they still were not cheap.
Then the time came to figure out how I would hang the curtains. I was determined to find a cheaper way to create an outdoor rod than these expensive rods, since I needed about 50 ft to cover the perimeter of the porch. After significant pinterest research and a trip to the hardware store, I found a solution and developed a plan = PVC Pipe. I found this site helpful for the rod brackets.
I'll start with the brackets. Below is my list of material:
- EMT 1-1/4 in. 1-Hole Strap (4-Pack) $2.00
- Everbilt 4 in. Corner Braces (4-Pack) $7.24 (Rust Resistant for outdoor use)
- Everbilt round head combo, 1/4 in - 20 x 5/8 in 5 pack, which I can't seem to find online but I assure you were less than $2.
- Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Flat White General Purpose Spray Paint $3.87
|Yay! I have a curtain rod bracket up!|
- (2) 3/4 in. x 10 ft. PVC Schedule 40 Plain-End Pipe at $2.46 / each
- (1) 3/4 in. Schedule 40 PVC Coupling for $0.27 / each
- (2) 3/4 in. PVC End Cap ~$0.36 (I couldn't find a link online)
- Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Flat White General Purpose Spray Paint $3.87 (Yes, you need an additional can!)
|I have outdoor curtain rods! Still needs a coat of paint.|
One word of caution. PVC is a little flexible so be sure to add a bracket every 3 to 4 feet, otherwise you will see a slight curve in the rod when the curtains are closed.
After a couple of coats of spray paint, no one would ever know your curtain rods are made of PVC.
|Curtains to the Rescue! Protection from the blinding sun!|
|Keeping cool in the shade|