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DIY Window Curtain Shelf Unit


For nearly the entire first year I lived in my home the dining room windows were left bare. I couldn’t come to a decision regarding what I wanted to do with them. I did have custom blinds made for them, but I struggled with “dressing them up.” Should I do curtains? Roman shades? Bench seating? Valances?

I figured whatever I decided, it was probably going to cost me a ton of money, so for months and months the area sat bare and sad looking, like this:


Until. One day. When I had an epiphany.

Just kidding. I was bored, pinteresting, and came across this photo:



It then occurred to me that (aside from end pieces and a curtain rod) I had everything I needed to build something like this myself just laying around my house. I had sheer ivory curtains (not sure if I’ll be keeping these, but for now, they will stay) still packed up in a box from the move, a long 6″ deep plank, and white paint. I purchased the curtain rod and end corbels, both from LOWE’s.

I completed this project 4 months ago, before I ever even had a blog (noticing a a time delay trend here with these windows?), so I apologize that I did not take better photos to guide you. Please contact me if you have any questions about this project. The entire thing cost me about $50 **It will cost more if you need to purchase all of the supplies.

What you’ll need:

-Board for shelf:**mine is 6 inches deep and 1 inch thick. My board was super long, over 80 inches, and I needed most of it. If you buy the cheap stuff (I did, for a different project) beware, it may be warped – which can throw a wrench in your project. My board is warped but I hid it well (I did not want to have to go out and buy a new one for this project, which I started on a Sunday, due to boredom…..)
-2 end corbels. Mine didn’t come with holes in them for the curtains rod- I had to drill these myself with an 1 1/2in bit.
– Paint and topcoat, brush
– Curtain rod
– Curtains
– Drill, bits, and screws
– Saw (of some variety)
– Tape measure and level

How to Build:

1. Drill a hole in your corbel for the curtain rod. I used a 1 1/2in bit (I didn’t have a router at the time, I have one now and this would have made things a lot easier….sigh). My curtain rod is 1 inch diameter so I chose a 1 1/2in bit. I didn’t take a picture during the drilling process, but here’s an “after” photo during painting:


2. Cut your board to length. However you please. I used a circular saw. I now have a miter saw that would have worked perfectly…. sigh…. again.

3. Paint your board and corbel’s the desired color. I chose white, which I had on hand from re-painting my kitchen cupboards. You should probably slap a top coat on too. I honestly can’t remember if I did…..


** Yes that’s hot chocolate, I prefer to mix my paint fumes with something sweet and wholesome. And also, I am painting on papertowels and teetering my corbel on a jar of canned salsa. I recommend you use a little more intelligence when painting.


** Excuse the mess on my counter…. I had several projects going that day ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Hang your corbels. They are typically built ready to be mounted on the wall, so you place your screw and hang.

5. Place the shelf and screw in place. I screwed my shelf on the corbels after they were hung on the wall.

6. Hang your curtain rod and curtains on the mounted wall shelf. I needed to use an additional wall anchor in the middle to keep my rod from bowing – this came with the curtain rod.

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** The fourth chair is missing from this photo because I was standing on it ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Also, I’ll get around to ironing my curtains…. like, maybe this summer?

Seriously, how easy was this!?!? If I could make this on a Sunday afternoon with spare crap I had just laying around, anyone can do this. I promise.

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What do you think? Suggestions for this project or the space? I’d love to hear them, let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!