Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Not just for cups

I love cup hooks.  They are holding up my curtains in both of our porches, and they do it so well.   
Add the cup hooks to some 3 foot, 1/2" oak dowels from Home Depot, cut in half with the miter saw and primed and painted white:
Pick up some cheap 1/2" dowel caps from Hob Lob and prime and paint white:
Use your smallest drill bit to make the holes in the ceiling.  Screw cup hooks into the ceiling and WALAH.
You have a mini curtain rod that cost you a few bucks. 
And if you even want to take them down, you only need a little spackle to fill those tiny holes.  LOVE.
I think I may have put this picture on the blog 17 times by now.  Who cares, it looks nice.  Here is the naked end again, just to be fair. 
I think the dowels cost 2 bucks each, the dowel caps were $1.50 (2 packs at half off) and the cup hooks were a couple bucks too.  Curtains are from Ikea, they were $15 for two - so $30. 
Total cost, around 35 bucks!  Does anyone actually use cup hooks for cups anymore?  Shouldn't they come in cute colors and be marketed as rod holders?  I think I may have found a good business plan.  Good thing I just advertised it on the internet.  Dang.   

16 comments:

heather s. said...

I use them to hang my pans (I cut down the ends a bit so they weren't so curved) and I've used them on the kitchen door to hang a tension rod from that was used to hang kitchen towels from. I love cup hooks.

Deb said...

Brilliant!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

On a side note, I looove all the windows in your sunroom... *sigh*

Kelly

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Cup hooks? Who knew. Love your fantastic looking space!!!!

Jen said...

Ah! Maybe I'm behind here, but I have never seen that before. Another idea I'll keep in mind for my sunroom redo next spring.

Lavender and Lilies said...

You did a great job softening the space. Great idea!

Vonda said...

WOW, that is just brilliant!

Meg said...

I used some to rig up the roman shade I recently sewed for my kitchen. So many purposes, and totally agreed that they should come in colors and maybe marked for multi-purposes!

Your sunroom continues to make me happy!

Sara said...

I will be stealing this idea....asap! :) Thanks girl!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

So smart! And who cares if you've used that photo before - it's great! :)

Life in Rehab said...

I love your porch, number one. Number two, I need a Hobby Lobby. And number three, I've never heard of dowel caps, so thanks for the tip!

Mary @ stylefyles said...

Nice trick!

PS I think the "empty" side of your porch looks great too! I don't know, something about the colors, the lines and the brick... I mean, I know you want it to be functional, but just sayin'

Kate R said...

I have cup hooks all over my house for a variety of uses, none of them being used for cups.

The porch looks great!

Cait @ Hernando House said...

First of all, who cares if you use the same pictures multiple times? Second, I was actually coming over to snag a picture of your porch to use on my DIY wishlist (assuming you don't mind, of course!). And third - creative uses for things (like "cup hooks" and dowels) are the best!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

I don't blame you for showing that picture 17 times - your porch looks like it belongs in a magazine!! One of the magazines that shows livable spaces, not impractical ones. :) Your curtain rod idea is genius.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

We use cup hooks to hand our Christmas stockings. They are in white and are just under the lip of the mantel and can hardly be noticed so we leave them up year-round. It's funny though, my husband bought red cup hooks initially as he thought they would look festive, but we switched them for white ones so we could leave them up.