Try not to be blinded by our disgusting basement floor, okay? The covers of said dowels were filthy and cheap-looking. I decided the best way to handle this problem was to remove the silly plastic and just stain the dowels to match the floor. After all, they ARE wood....and any wood can look nice stained, in my opinion. So, I gathered my supplies in the basement:
Floor stain and foam brush
Gloves (no more Zombie Manicures for me, thanks!)
And possibly the most important supply
Anylovemesomecabernet, now I was in business! I removed the covers and sanded down the dowels with a fine-grit sandpaper. The first sheet I grabbed out of the sand
paperbox (heh) was 220, so I just went with it. It doesn't really matter that much anyway, they are only clothes rods after all!
When they were relatively smooth (but isn't everything smooth when you're drinking a fine wine?) I got on my glovies and used that foam brush to apply the stain from the bottom up, holding it up like so:
I let it rest for about a minute, and then wiped it all off with that unfortunate hand towel there. It used to match my downstairs bath wall paint perfectly, then **men** got their hands on it and somehow it got bleached. So now it is a stain rag. Curses! Once all of the dowels were stained, I laid them on this here cardboard to dry.
Then I took the easy way out and sprayed them several times with this wonderful stuff instead of using regular floor poly and a brush. Cause I'm lazy. Sue me.
They were looking mighty glossy in the basement...
But after they dried and I got them up in the closet, I was super happy with the result!
How's that for a $0 makeover?
ps - Thank you to all who entered my giveaway! If you didn't already, you have until midnight on Wednesday, April 14th!