As a young girl (tomboy), I was an amateur geologist – I collected rocks. Not rocks from my backyard, I’m referring to *precious gemstones* that I would cash in my allowance for at Zainy Brainy. In hindsight, this may have been one of the contributing factors to my lack of friends, but I sure did love those gemstones.
I foresee another wave of friendless-ness if I keep talking about rocks but hold on, hold on. My rock collection somehow translates to this post. How? Because I always gravitated towards and scoped out these rocks to add to my collection:
Look – they’re sort of like little lucite formations! Lucite is plastic, but I trust you get the point.
I was never the little girl who read home decor magazines or swapped furniture in my room, but I do think my love for pretty things and different textures started when I was young.
I also suppose my rock collection is just one example of how I’ve always chosen to pay attention to pretty things rather than socialize 🙂
Before we jump in, let’s take a moment to appreciate the divine beauty of a lucite rod, and how it can truly elevate a room:
Similar to my obsession over those little quartz rocks, there’s something about a lucite curtain rod that captivates me.
A DIY lucite rod tutorial is nothing new, I actually followed Driven By Decor’s super helpful tutorial but I switched things up slightly to save $ on hardware.
HERE’S WHAT I DID:
- First I measured my long-ass window area that extends to Narnia, which was ~108″. I knew I wanted an overhang of about ~6″ – 8″ on either side, so some of the lucite rod and end cap could extend past the bracket, and therefore I would need a ~120″ rod.
- Since I needed a custom size, I used this form on CURBELL Plastics (previously known as Nationwide Plastics) to order the rod. If you don’t need a custom size, you can use this form. I personally wanted a thicker rod because of our long window + heavy drapes, so I opted for a 1.5″ thick cellcast acrylic rod. The longest rod they offer is 96″ so I planned to join two 60″ pieces together (that are cut from 96″ rods). This place cuts the rods for free.
- **NOTE – they will send you the excess cuts from the rod(s) you purchased. I wish I had known that, because I could have saved a few inches on this living room rod and utilized those extra few inches for the dining room window.
- I did not want the rod polished on both ends because I knew I was using end caps, and that saved me $15. I also did not choose the male/female connector option, which also saved me a few extra bucks
- Someone will email you back and confirm your order. It’s that simple!
Then I purchased the brass hardware:
- 3 support brackets – 1.5″ in brass. I needed 3 because my window is super long, but if your window is less than ~46″ you could probably get away with 2 brackets, as long as your rod is at least 1.5″ thick.
- 2 End caps – note that these end caps are 2″ but they were $10 cheaper than the end caps that I’ve seen elsewhere. They are heavy, quality brass caps and not cheap looking at all.
- Curtain rings – I purchased a pack of 28. They are probably a bit too tight for the 1.5″ thick rod, but it doesn’t really bother me. They still glide easily over the rod and are much cheaper than these, which I’ve seen others use.
ONCE I HAD EVERYTHING I NEEDED…
I just hung the brackets, slipped the rods in and hung the drapes (I spoke about the Lee Jofa drapes last week). Voila!
My inability to plan and act rather impulsively is loud and clear in this photo. Molding on the left, no molding on the right. I’ll get to it…eventually.
Speaking of acting impulsively, that coffee table was a FB MP impulse buy yesterday and I’m forcing it in the living room, even though it clearly isn’t working.
I’m all for supporting small businesses, of course, but there are some things that are just completely out of my price range, so I thought I could share how much money I saved vs. buying the rod custom from a popular lucite rod maker.
- Two 96″ rods: $153 ($76/ea – cost includes shipping)!
- 3 Brackets: $67 (with shipping)
- Curtain rings: $18 (for a set of 28)
- End caps: $17 ($8.26 each)
- Total cost: $255
- Total cost of custom item from popular seller: $489 (including shipping)
- Savings: $234
The best part about this cost savings is that usually with a DIY, there’s some level of labor involved in order to save money. But there is no more work involved in this DIY than buying the rod custom.
LUCITE TOWEL BAR
I didn’t actually make a towel rod for this tutorial, but I did purchase one for our bathroom (new from Etsy) and would have saved a good chunk of change with this DIY route vs. buying new.
So if you want to make a towel bar, you could purchase a different diameter rod (1″ pictured above) and smaller brackets from Railings Hardware. This Etsy shop sells smaller pieces of lucite rods for pretty cheap.
OR, if you have excess pieces from your curtain rod, you could use that for something like a towel bar.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful. Not the part about my precious gemstones…the other parts.
Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!