Rustic Curtain Rod & Corbels With Sheet Curtains

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Slowly but surely I'm trying to make a change with my home decor, and that change includes my window treatments. Rob and I purchased our house four years ago and I've had the same treatments up ever since--I don't know what I was thinking when I chose the curtains and rods that I did--but nevertheless, I chose what I did and now I'm changing everything up. I love the rustic farmhouse feel but I don't want to do what EVERYBODY is doing and have my entire house white and grey; I'm a color girl so I've got to have a bright pop here and there. For now though, I'm starting with neutral window treatments in the living room, then will tackle the couch/throw pillow situation, and so on. Here's a great curtain rod, corbel and curtain project for the rustic-lovers like myself.

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*Note: I ended up not using the danish oil on this project.
STEP 1: Drill divot in corbels *The first two photos of this step are optional but recommended.* In order to drill the divots for the curtain rod to rest in, I wanted to make sure that my corbels would have something to rest against so they didn't move around when I was drilling. To secure the corbels, I nailed a piece of scrap wood onto my work table for the corbel to lay flush against...
...then I used a clamp to hold the corbels in place on my work table.
After my corbels were in place, I drilled a 1/2" divot using a 1-1/2" hole saw. Hindsight, for this size dowel, I would have made a divot the same size as the diameter of the dowel which was 1-1/4".
STEP 2: Paint corbels Next, I used a vintage white color by Behr called "Cozy Cottage" to quickly paint the corbels and dowel.
*Note: When painting the dowel, try to use the longest strokes you can so that you can't see where you stop and start with the brush.
STEP 3: Sand corbels and rod After my paint was dry, I took a piece of rough grit sandpaper to create a worn look for both my corbels and dowel as well as to even out any rough/frayed edges from where I drilled my divot.
I found that holding my piece of sandpaper like this made it easier to slide up and down the dowel--I moved the dowel using one hand while holding the sandpaper in the other.
STEP 4: Apply stain Once my corbels and dowel were roughed up, I used a rag to apply my grey stain. I barely dipped my rag into my stain and used that to rub it in evenly. The darker you want your curtain rod/corbels, the more layers of stain you should add after each layer dries.
[Pay no attention to my gross stained nails--I was too impatient to put on gloves.] A word of advice for applying stain to the dowel: try your hardest to use long strokes like how you did for the paint--you don't want to see where you start and stop with the stain.
STEP 5: Iron sheets (optional) While you're waiting for your stain to dry, you may want to run an iron over your sheets. Mine were super wrinkled since they were wrapped up in packaging so I took the time to steam/iron them. After your wood pieces are dry and your sheets are nice and crisp, you can now install your corbels, slide your curtain rings on the dowel, clip your sheets on the curtain rings, stand back and marvel at your hard work!
Here's my curtains/rod before--very traditional, and to me, BLAH--but they did go better with my couch/pillows.
Here is the final look of the rustic corbels/rod and sheet curtains! I know they don't go with my couch right now but once I nail down what accent colors I want to go with, I'm thinking I'll make some DIY pillow covers since these throw pillows are our couch cushions. I'm open to suggestions and photos for inspiration! Farmstyle+Boho Chic ;)
Finally, here is a close up (yes, I know I scratched the wall--I've got some holes to fill too from the former curtain rod).
Update photo: WE GOT A NEW COUCH!! :) I love the curtains with this couch so much better. We're still changing up our decor so we have some things that need to be hung but all-in-all I'm loving our new airy space.

Suggested materials:

  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Corbels (6"x8")</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7’ wooden dowel (1-1/4” dia.)</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2" curtain rings</a>  (Amazon)
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  • Scarlett Uhlenkott
    Scarlett Uhlenkott
    on May 23, 2017

    how did you anchor it to the wall?
  • Barbara A. Howell
    Barbara A. Howell
    on Jul 30, 2017

    what keeps the rod in place? looks like it would slide off when you open and close the curtains.
    • Joanie
      on Jan 25, 2018

      I have up the same plain, wooden rods and corbels. My curtains have a pocket (you can use sheets and use hem for pocket, (to your likin'). When I open or close, that is my stretchin' time , stretch up, slide over and hold your rod and it won't slide., unless you're NOT holdin' it. It works for me.
  • Marina Kesling
    Marina Kesling
    on Feb 24, 2018

    Why don't you use heavier fabric...the twin sheets just don't hang well.

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  • Patty
    on Jan 9, 2020

    I’m doing this, I think it’s beautiful and if you wanted you could add a rustic tie in the middle, puff the curtain up with the tie. Cut the material that are making your tie from, the edges are rough looking on the sides. But when I seen your DIY on here had to do it for my windows! Thanks

  • Johnna Geigert
    Johnna Geigert
    on Jan 26, 2020

    Very inspired! I have to get longer linen curtains & more rings but had to get pic of my curtain rod & brackets.

    Thank you!!!

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