I had hoped my first experience with choosing curtains and installing a rod would go smoothly. I should have realized – especially after reading other blogs – that sometimes, things just don’t go as planned. Of course, this is not a huge deal but, I’ve been anxiously waiting until I could get this done and now that I can, it does not work. It’s OK tough, it’s a learning experience.
I purchased these curtains from JCP in Tawny Brown for the French patio doors along with some Allen Roth finials, curtain brackets and rod all in Walnut color from Lowe’s. I like everything, but the rod is too wide for the curtain’s grommets. My options are:
- Take the items back to Lowe’s and get a store credit and use the credit for another project, maybe some Olympic paint
- Take the rod back and look for a thinner one and hope it works with the finials and curtain brackets
- Return the items for a store credit and look for something different at Lowe’s or another store
I looked in JCP when I purchased the curtains but the rods were more than what I wanted to spend. I looked in Target to see what I find but I didn’t like the rods available. Campbell Ironworks has this double rod I like. Although it is very nice and I love the style, it’s way out of my budget. World Market has a rod that I like and its only like $60. I have a $10 off of $30 purchase, so it would only cost $50!
Now that I’m back to square one with installing curtains for the patio doors, I’m rethinking the color of the rod – maybe black metal, but I can’t change the curtains because I got rid of the package! Something else I learned is to keep all packaging until I know if everything will work as expected.
I’ll post updates as I progress. I would like to have the curtains up in the next few days.