PAINT That OLD Curtain Rod- a Quick and Easy DIY Project!

Jennifer Allwood
by Jennifer Allwood
I just got done painting a curtain rod at my house and I’m so obsessed with how it turned out that I’m getting ready to do a cabinet in the same finish. Boom!
I was going to purchase a curtain rod that looked like this….. flat black with white accents. It was pretty.
But I had THIS curtain rod in the basement and it was the perfect size and it seemed a shame to just dump it for a new one. So I decided to paint it.
Because I wanted it to look “flat”, I used Heirloom Traditions chalktype paint in the color Black Bean. You can search for a HT retailer in your area or find it on my website at
It goes on super easy and you can either buy a chalk brushes or you can use a cheap chip brush. You chose, just get the Black Bean on! This goes quick and easy!!!!
Here is a short video showing how I applied it! Just don't overthink it... get it covered!
Then, instead of adding a wax or a topcoat, I totally went rogue and just “glazed” it with the Heirloom Traditions color “French Vanilla” which I also have on my website/ It’s a warm off white. And when mixed with a bit of water........ it GLIDES over the black.
Check it out.
And of course, I have another video for those of you who are visual learners.
As I showed in the video, THIS is hands down the EASIEST way to paint a curtain rod. Put it in between the rungs of a ladder. You can roll it back and forth and it will save you from beating your head against a wall trying to stand it up to paint all sides of it. My ladder trick is a doozy!!! Worth tweeting and pinning!
You can see the rod hung in our breakfast room. I hesitated to show this pic because:

◾I can’t decide how to hang my curtains… fuchsia on top or fuchsia on bottom? The struggle is real.

◾We are selling the table and chairs. They will be gone soon. Too tall. Too brown. OVER IT.

◾And that rug is already gone and replaced with a gorgeous hide from Overstock.

But I did want to show you the pic because I have a child doing homework peacefully right in front of my newly painted curtain rod and that deserves commemoration. God bless it.
Here the another before/after pic of my curtain rod. I’m telling you …. THIS finish is so fast and easy. It probably took me 30 minutes total!

So start hunting for an old rod. They are too expensive to replace! And I'd love for you to follow my other DIY projects on my Facebook page at
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