Here’s an easy way to upgrade curtain rods to better suit your room’s decor! This is a super easy DIY that anybody can do!
An Easy Way To Upgrade Curtain Rods
In my opinion, curtain rods that are greater than an inch in diameter are more pleasing to the eye and are better for heavier drapes. In other words, I think thicker curtain rods make more sense for the type of curtains that I like (for instance, velvet curtains). The thicker curtain rod is thus more versatile. Therefore, I consistently try my best to only buy curtain rods that are one inch in diameter or greater. In that case, I can easily swap out different curtains without thought.
However, for some unbeknownst reason, curtain rods are uber expensive, especially when you need one that is more than 60 inches long! So, I bought this curtain rod on sale despite it not being quite my style. Buying a boring curtain rod, of course, is not the end of the world decor-wise. That’s because you can still swap out the finials for a more elevated look!
What are finials?
Finials are end pieces that screw onto the end of a curtain rod. They can make the rod look more finished while also adding extra “jewelry” for windows. They often match the finish of the rest of the rod. At the same time, finals can be made of plastic or glass (for a crystal-like look) or even wood.
How to upgrade curtain rod finials
Firstly, I purchased these finials (again, on clearance) from Bed Bath & Beyond. Originally, they were designed to be used with drapery holdbacks. However, I thought they were a cool design and a departure from most finials I see with curtains. Fortunately, this pair only set me back $3. I made sure that the screws of my new holdback finials fit my curtain rod. I’m so glad they fit perfectly! 🙌🏾 You can find a similarly affordable pair here.
Next, my new finials were still too traditional for my decor taste. Plus, I knew I wanted to integrate some more gold into my guest bedroom makeover. That’s nothing that a little spray paint can’t solve!
So, I painted two coats of my favorite gold spray paint on both my previously silver curtain rod and rubbed bronze finials. If I wasn’t in such a rush, I would have done two coats of my favorite clear spray paint for more durability against scratches from siding the curtain rings. I’ll do that some other day.
For this to work, one thing to look out for when swapping finials is the size of the screw of the original finials that you’re trying to replace. Remember that all screws are not the same size! If you want to change your finials, I suggest carrying the original finials with you at the store. If you want to know the exact size, you could do what I did: I compared the screw of my finials to other screws I have in my variety pack of screws that I keep on hand!
In the end, I love how my painted curtain finials came out! The gold paint really transitioned the finials from a traditional style to boho chic. Now, the curtain rod with its updated finials look like it belongs in the guest bedroom’s decor.
Please let me know if you would try this DIY to upgrade your curtain rods!
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