One of our first apartments had brick walls.
Doesn’t that sound romantic? And rustic? And historic?
These weren’t the brick walls you see in the Pottery Barn catalog…..these brick walls looked like they had been constructed by the people who built the Brady Bunch house. They were orange and flat with cracks and dark gray mortar.
And we were young and clueless and almost penniless and renting……and we couldn’t nail a single nail into that brick without facing the wrath of Mr. Brady and Alice.
Decorating an apartment with non-nailable walls seemed like an insurmountable challenge.
I almost gave up.
I tried everything to try to hang pictures on the walls…..duct tape and brick hangers and hot glue and big wads of masking tape……and absolutely nothing worked.
Until one night…..somewhere between Melrose Place and the episode on Beverly Hills 90210 where everyone was chanting to help Donna Martin graduate….I came up with an idea.
They were the solution.
I cut them in pieces and wedged them tightly in between the bricks and then hammered a nail into the pencil and hung the pictures.
Easy and simple and almost free.
Sometimes the best ideas are so simple.
A modest utilitarian pencil provided an easy, affordable solution to a challenge.
Just like these $5 custom curtain rods.
Step 1: Go to Lowe’s and buy one package of these (they come two to a package)……
….and one package of these (they come two to a package).
You are now up to $2.33.
With your remaining $2.77…..buy a dowel rod.
Step 2: Paint your brackets and finials
My brackets and finials are white….but you could paint them any color or stain them.
I think I spray painted mine.
I can’t remember…..it’s been a little while.
Step 4: Hang brackets
These brackets are about 18″ apart on each side of the window.
Cut dowel to fit (about 22″) depending on your window width and height.
Screw finials into the end of the dowels.
You can make them any size….any length…..any width.
Hang them on either side of a bay window.
Hang them on either side of a sliding glass door.
Hang them where ever you have a challenge with your windows.
Custom curtain rods….for only $5.00.
I’m sure even Donna Martin would be impressed.