When we bought our house, the curtains and curtain rods came with it. The house was built in the 60s and it definitely looked like it, remaining decor and all.
We actually kept all of the window coverings because it was easier. We also planned to make updates slowly, so it made sense to keep what matched for the time being.
This is what it used to look like…
I know, it’s rough. As you might notice, this house has a beige color trend and all of the curtain rods are brass. Not my favorite.
In the upcoming months, you will see many changes to this room.
Last month, we tore down all of the wallpaper in our living room and dining room (yes, it’s beige wallpaper) and painted. Now was the time to update the curtain rods and curtains. As you know, I’m frugal, so I wasn’t about to go out and buy new curtain rods when I had a pair of good ones and just didn’t like the color.
Spray paint to the rescue! Yes, I spray painted them and they look great! You would never know they didn’t come in black.
If you want to spray paint your own, grab the supplies below and get to work!
Curtain rod makeover supplies
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- Rustoleum spray paint (black)
- Old curtain rods
I used black indoor/outdoor spray paint, just to ensure a long-lasting color. There are a ton of other good options for you if black isn’t what you’re looking for. I recommend trying one of these:
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Rust-Oleum Spray Paint
I love the bronze color, but the plan for my house uses more grays and black. But this would look great if I was sticking with beige.
- Silver Metallic Spray Paint Rust-Oleum Stops Rust series
This would look better than the bronze, but because there’s so much white, I thought the silver would clash.
- Hammered Dark Bronze Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint
Ok, the hammered look is amazing. Backstory: When we first moved into our house, my husband turned our closed in porch into a gym. We bought used weights from a gym that was closing and they were in rough shape, so we cleaned them up and painted them with hammered black spray paint. They looked great!
Step 1: Spray paint the curtain rods and hangers
Lay the rods and hangers outside (or somewhere that’s well ventilated) and spray paint them.
Let them dry.
Then flip the over and paint the other side.
Again, let them dry.
I actually ended up painting on two coats for better coverage.
When you’re finished, you’ll have seemingly new curtain rods. No one will know the difference. Pictured above are both rods that I painted. You can see how the paint covers two different styles. One rod is textured and one is not. The spray paint covers both equally well.
Here’s the whole window with new curtains against the walls with a fresh coat of paint.
Let me know what you think! Would you spray paint yours curtain rods? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.