Completion of the Closet Curtain and Cornice

Wow – say that five times fast!

Well – I finally finished my master bedroom closet curtain. I had a few bumps along the way – like a fractured elbow!!! At least they think it was fractured – I’ll find out today for sure. Then the rehabilitation will start. You really don’t realize how much you do with your right hand until that arm is injured!

Anyway – I wanted to show you how I made a cornice type hanging box for the curtain itself. This is what it looks like hanging.

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To allow for the rod to be taken down and put back again I made these blocks for each end of the wood box cornice.

First I drilled a center hole using a drill bit slightly larger than my rod.010 (3)

Then I used the band saw to cut out a slot up to the hole.011 (3)

This was then glued and tacked into the sides of the box.001

I made sure to place it so that I can slide the rod – a piece of $2 conduit – along the front of the box and over the top into the slot.

The box was then hung using L-brackets.

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And this is my curtain!

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Pulled back while using the closet. It slides really easily with the metal curtain hooks on the conduit pipe. And it is all hidden from view!

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A close-up of the cornice. I painted the board the same color as the wall to help it blend. I wanted the curtain to stand out, not the box! I had to use flash this morning – very cloudy and rainy – blah, so the colors aren’t translating quite realistically. It all blends really nice and is much more easy on the eyes, rather than looking at all the clothes, etc. in the closet!

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This was very cost efficient for me. I had all the scraps of wood – picked up from a lumberyard scrap pile for free! The 10’ conduit was $2 or less. The curtain hooks were around $2 a package – I used 2. I got most of the material from the .99 a yard bin and used about 6 yards for the curtains. So, for around $10 I have new closet curtains.

Yay – something to check off of my list of things to do!

I am hoping to use the same material, style for the 3 balloon shades – which is my next project in this room!

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Burlap for a Boy

I really don’t have time to blog today, but when I saw that Funky Junk was having burlap as her feature on SNS, I couldn’t resist.

So – forgive me if there are any typos or something doesn’t make sense!!!

I like burlap – the texture and color – maybe not so much the smell! My oldest son has an outdoorsy theme in his bedroom. As he gets older we have gone more into the hunting type arena. His dad is a hunter and we have great open land to spend outdoors. And he is definitely an outdoor kid!

I made my own curtain rod and brackets out of branches and sticks. I cut the branch in half for the bracket and screwed it directly into the wall. The curtains were made to look like tree tops and I added leaves on the twine ties.

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The shades I originally had were a dark brown. (to look like a tree trunk) We had problems with the windows having condensation on them in the winter so they were stained beyond use. So I replaced them with simple burlap shades. Not quite a tree trunk looking, but it works!

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To open them, I added some large buttons and put a twine tie at the bottom of the shade.

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Then, I came across some camouflage burlap and added that for his closet curtains. I just hemmed it on all sides and pushed the metal curtain hangers through the burlap every so often.

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It is somewhat sheer, but definitely does the job of hiding the mess that usually is his closet!

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You can see that there is grass painted along the bottom of the trim. That was also one of the original things I did to the room years ago.

I also added some storage in his room using burlap. These are just plain cardboard boxes covered with burlap – camo and plain. I added the same chalkboard tags I put on my other, burlap covered boxes.

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Another “burlap-type” project included the cork board makeover I did a few months back.

As you can tell – I’m a big fan of burlap! Thanks for looking.

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