+++ UPDATE +++
Our guest bathroom's curtain rod has been updated! Click here to see how it currently looks!
After this happened:
I figured it was time to replace the builder basic shower curtain rod in our guest bathroom. Rather than buying one, I decided to DIY one since the rod I wanted isn't what you'd typically find in a big box store.
Yep, you guessed it! I DIY'd a pipe shower curtain rod!
I'm assuming you got that from the post's title though...
Anyway, I don't have a step-by-step picture tutorial since it's a pretty simple process :)
Allow me to explain:
1. Head to your local home improvement store of choice (mine was Lowe's) and buy the following: 2 floor flanges (I bought 3/4" galvanized ones), and a piece of pipe in your desired dimension. I bought a 3/4" x 60" black iron pipe that I had cut down and threaded (for free!) to 58" because that's how wide the opening of my shower is. While you're at the store, don't forget to buy spray paint or screws (to mount the rod with) if you don't have any at home!
2. Remove any stickers from your pipe and clean the sticky residue off with Goo Gone or your preferred cleaner of choice.
3. Set up a spray paint station.
4. Spray paint the 2 floor flanges, the pipe, and the tops of the screws you plan to mount the rod with the color of your choice. I chose oil-rubbed bronze since the curtain hooks I was using were ORB. They're from Target, if you're wondering :)
5. Let everything dry for the amount of time the spray paint can specifies. My can said the paint would be dry to the touch in 30 minutes and fully cured in 24 hours so I let everything dry overnight.
6. After everything is dry, determine where you want your rod to be hung on the wall. To hang my curtain rod, I eyeballed where I thought it should go, held one of the floor flanges up on the wall and marked where the holes needed to be. Then I drilled pilot holes and repeated the same measuring/marking process for the other flange on the opposite wall.
7. Assemble the shower curtain rod by twisting each floor flange onto the threaded ends of the pipe.
8. Find another person who can hold the pipe rod up while you screw the floor flanges into the wall (preferably into a stud since the pipe is kind of heavy).
9. Hang your shower curtain on your newly DIY'd pipe curtain rod and smile at the fact that it's never falling down again :)
Now that that project is complete, I feel like some more updating is in order :)
What do you think? Am I the only one whose shower curtain rod jumps off the wall?
Disclaimer: I can't guarantee that your shower curtain rod will turn out just like mine. Differences in materials and tools used, and your skill level, will yield different results. I cannot be held responsible for a failed project or an injury of any kind so proceed with caution and build at your own risk. Remember: always use caution when working with power tools and read any instructions before beginning any project.
P.S.: Bathrooms that have no natural light are hard to photograph so I apologize if these photos look odd...