Among the simplest methods to add a totally custom look to your window treatment is to find an unfinished drapery rod and stain or paint it yourself. You need to carefully plan out exactly what kind of pole you’re going to buy and consider the style of finish you’re going to use before you start a project such as this. All curtain poles are not created equal. To determine if a pole is suitable for your project, you’ll want to find out more about the drapery poles construction.
Make certain that the drapery pole you choose is constructed from a solid piece of wood if you are going to apply a custom stain. Inexpensive department store or home improvement store curtain rods are often made from several wood pieces joined together; a fact that many customers are not aware of. The joints used to mend several pieces of wood together present a huge problem if you would like to add your own stain. But, for a pre-finished pole, it’s no problem. The most common technique of combining two pieces of wood to create a pole is to use finger joints. These joints become undetectable when painted, but the reverse is true if you stain them. It will entirely ruin your finish if you try to stain a wood pole with finger joints because the edges will soak up more stain than the rest of the pole and appear very dark. Carefully study your unfinished drapery rod to make certain it doesn’t have any finger joints. Ask the manufacturer about the construction of the pole before you buy it if you’re still unsure.
If you’re planning to create a fabric wrap treatment, finding a lower cost wood dowel from a home improvement store to use for your drapery pole may be an alternative. If you’re certain that the treatment you want to make will completely cover the dowel, you can save a lot of money by picking this option. Wood dowels may have a rough look that’s certainly not suitable for stain or paint since they’re not made out of top quality cuts of wood. In addition, a frequent issue with wood dowels is warping or bowing with time. The dowel might distort as the wood ages and cures. But, so long as the bowing is minimal, the fabric wrapped around it will hide this flaw. These pieces really aren’t supposed to be used in a decorative window treatment and they may not endure well as time passes. So, keep this in mind when you consider the wood dowel option.
Painting or faux-finishing a drapery pole is one of the best ways to add your personal touch to your curtain hardware. Almost any unfinished drapery rod will work great for painting or faux-finishing. The painting process will hide any finger joints, so shopping for a cheaper drapery rod is certainly a possibility for faux-finishing. Also remember that most of the accent items you’re going to need will likely be made out of resin in most cases. When used on resin items, stain or paint generally appears somewhat different.
Having exactly what you would like is very easy when you decide to paint or stain your wood curtain rod. When you buy your unfinished drapery pole, remember the tips about rod construction. Plus, to make sure you get everything just the way you want, see if you can get a pole slightly larger than you need. Cut off the excess and use the drop-off to experiment with your paint or stain technique.