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DIY Lucite Drapery Rods At Your Service

March 25, 2014

Remember this post about the naked windows in my dining area? They are naked no more! These windows received their versions of Botox injections with the drapes and lucite rod that now frame their sweet little faces.

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Now that you’ve experienced the beauty and wonder of the drapes and rod, it’s time to tell the story.

First of all, anything lucite is stupidly expensive. Just ridiculous. Whoever decided clear plastic was cool and made it into a home trend is fine with me, but all of a sudden people are paying what they would for a car on a coffee table that is made out of the same material as that Tupperware in your fridge. I support lucite only when it is affordable because it is a trend — and one that will not stay in style like that antique chest your grandmother gave you.

Ok sorry for the soap box. Just wanted to make my feelings clear about lucite.

Anywho, once I ordered these custom drapes from the Martha & Ash shop on Etsyhighly recommend by the way! — it was time to decide on the mounting hardware. I found this blog post about DIY lucite drapery rods and was instantly intrigued. Coincidentally, once I voiced my opinion about installing lucite for these windows, Wilson and a friend both sent me the same link. Ok people, fine. I’ll do it. Twist my arm.

The blog writer lady said that she did some research and found a company that makes a variety of clear plastic rods that can be used to hang drapes. She said to ask for Kip and he’ll treat ya right nice and cut a rod the length you request and polish it up for you, too. Kip you ol’ dawg. Stop being so sexy.

Wilson, being the incredibly handsome and resourceful person that he is, called the company and asked for Kip and whatdayaknow, that little boo Kip answered and agreed to send us two poles — the company didn’t make one long enough for what our drapes called for. He even offered to ship the poles to Wilson’s office because they offer a discount when shipping to a business. Kip is the shit.

Not surprisingly, Kip also said that he gets at least two calls a week since that blog post was written to request lucite rods for drapes just like little ol’ me. You see? Bloggers rule the world.

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Now it was time to choose hardware for the drapes. Wilson and I meandered around Lowe’s and found some great drapery rings and mounting holders that fit the width of the lucite rod.

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We bought some gold spray paint and sprayed those suckers to give the windows a metallic pop.

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These are the drapery rod “end caps” and rod “connector,” which in reality are plumbing materials. Haha.

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Perfect.

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So far, so good for the drapes.

The end on the drapery story, you may ask? Oh no. No, no, no.

It is now time to tell the story of the drapery installation.

Just picture it: you’re throwing a party for your friends and you want to buy new drapes before the party so everyone thinks you are just as fabulous and chic as you think you are in your head. You order the drapes well in advance and also coordinate — and by coordinate I mean tell Wilson to call the plastic company — the purchase and delivery of said drapery rods. You then take your significant other — poor Wilson — to Lowe’s to find hardware that you can spray paint to hold up the drapes. You *think* that you bought the correct hardware that will accommodate the width of your drapery rods. You also *think* that your significant other will hang said drapes well in advance of the party.

Think again.

Just picture it: it’s the day of the party and you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off barking orders at everything with a pulse to make sure the party is perfect. Your unbelievably supportive and loving family — who you demanded rearrange their schedules to come help you —  is scurrying around your house helping set up the fabulous and chic party. Your significant other chooses 5:45PM to start hanging the drapes. The party starts at 7PM.

Cue Anna’s congestive heart failure. I need to take a xanax just writing this.

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As I went into cardiac arrest, my sister Laurie swooped in to save the day — and Wilson’s life — as she so often does for me and helped Wilson hang the drapes. She solved everything. The rod doesn’t fit into the mounting hardware? No problem! She jammed the rod into its holder. The curtains are wrinkled? Don’t even think about it! She steamed them into perfect pleats.

Laurie, if it wasn’t for you, I would most likely be admitted into a padded room and Wilson would be on the run from his wife/for his life. The whole situation could have ended like a great game of Clue — Anna murdered Wilson in the kitchen with a candlestick! — but instead it turned out wonderfully because big sisters always save their little sister’s butts.

Laurie, the next round is on me.

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You can tell everything about a person by their bar. I don’t trust anyone with a shitty bar. Oh you only have white zin and a bottle of rum? Yea no we’re not going to get along. Goodbye.

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As the draperies were hung in the kitchen with care, Anna and Wilson sat at the table in the hopes their cocktails would soon be there.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday and that their husbands are not procrastinators.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Aunt Deb March 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Anna, very resourceful ideas to hang your new draperies! And congrats to Wilson for getting the job done! Now you know how I’ve felt all these years trying to have perfect parties and planning everything in advance, only to have your Uncle Doug still hammering and sawing just 30 minutes before the party start! I feel your pain, but aren’t we lucky to have such talented husbands?!

    Of course, there are those of us who do not have husbands like ours and when they work with ours, they can do into “shock”! I am reminded of the 40th birthday party that Uncle Doug gave me with your Mom’s and Aunt Val’s help. He forgot to pick up the liquor! Such stress for Val and Treece!!

    Much love,
    Aunt Deb

    • Reply Anna March 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Haha!! I totally know how you feel now… Poor Aunt Deb. But yes our husbands are very useful! I never knew that story about the birthday party… Too funny. Love you!

  • Reply Anderson March 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

    They look amazing! Makes me want to re-do our nasty drapes that came with our house in the bedroom..I think they are at least 20 years old but they were FREEEEEE.

    • Reply Anna March 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Haha I love free! And thank you!

  • Reply Rachel March 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Dude- this drapery post is a GAME CHANGER. I still haven’t bitten the bullet on drapes or rods yet for our house but absolutely need to. Love this entire look going on here. Does Wilson make house calls? And are you Facebook friends with Kip yet??

  • Reply Anna April 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Haha Wilson doesn’t make house calls but he probably wants to. Kip is the BOMB! But no we aren’t Facebook friends yet. You should definitely try the DIY rods though, they are great!

  • Reply Amy May 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I have been researching how to do this exact project, so I’m so glad I came across your blog! I have one question:
    How did you attach the 2 poles in the center to make it a continuous rod? I have the same issue with needing 2 poles and I’m not sure how to make it work. Any tips would be greatly appreciated:) Thanks!

    • Reply Anna May 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Hi Amy, thank you for reading my blog! sorry for the delay in responding, we used some sort of PVC plumbing piece (ha!) and spray painted it gold, and I wanted him to find the exact piece to send to you because I didn’t know what it was!

      This project was super easy so you definitely will be able to do it. For our “rod connector” we used this PVC coupling thing and then put the two ends of the rod in each and Wilson put some apoxy in it as well to secure it. Because that alone is not enough to hold it up when it is mounted, you will need a middle drapery rod bracket — we used this one — to hold it up also. Just make sure the width of your rod will fit into the width of the drapery rod bracket with the PVC pipe attached — we had a little trouble with those measurements, but it all turned out fine :). Let me know if you have any more questions or want me to explain this over email/phone — happy to do so! Just shoot me an email at anna@silverspoontaste.com.

      • Reply Anna May 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

        and by “him” I mean my husband Wilson…

  • Reply Helen May 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Anna! Working on drapes for Michael’s dining room. Remembered this post and just revisited it. Great advice!! Thank you!! Will let you know how it goes! His mom is making the drapes. She’s so handy. Love the hardware advice. That’s where we were stuck! I sent her this entry and have of course been talking up your blog. You rock! Love you!

    • Reply Anna May 14, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Aww Helen I’m so glad it was helpful!! Thank you for reading and passing it around, you are so sweet! Let me know how the drapes go and send me pictures. Spray painting cheap hardware is the best. One of my readers told me she spray painted a cheap rod to make it the brass color too which is an awesome idea. Love you!

  • Reply Whitney April 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve been stupefied by the price of lucite as well! Thanks for this post and also… You’re hilarious. Can I ask where you got the gold framed painting in the pic? Love that piece as well. Thanks!

    • Reply Anna April 15, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Haha thank you for your kind words! And yes lucite is just ridiculous.

      The gold painting was actually a gift from my sweet husband — we had a friend who painted it for us as I used to do ballet and still love it. The framing was custom (yikes that price!) and well worth it.

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