This entire past weekend I have been researching wood curtain rod brackets for our dining room.
Fun…it was not.
But eye opening into my psyche when it comes to how I’m suddenly leaning towards breaking my own budget rules for fancy things?
Which is why I am letting you guys into my crazy little head space because…let’s face it…I need help. In more ways than just this. But that’s a whole other conversation.
To start, I want to use wood curtain rods in the dining room.
Simple, but not really. This is what I plan to use for the rods, and then attach some wood finials to them, stain, and call them complete.
BUT…I obviously still need the brackets to hold them up. I need 5 brackets for our three windows; our front 2 windows have a span needing 9 feet, so we’ll need a center bracket.
Also to consider, we have the radiator pipes to the left of the front windows, so we need the brackets on that window to come out from the wall by a good 6 inches, meaning most standard brackets won’t work.
I started by looking for wood brackets versus metal because, after all, this is for the fancy Victorian dining room. I wanted to see what was out there other than the standard metal L brackets.
…and oh boy are there choices…
This is where I began my downward spiral into madness. Or genius. Whichever. Both are somewhat interchangeable.
At first I found these 6″ long wood brackets on Home Depot’s site. However, I don’t like the Home Depot bracket because they have the noticeable screw holes on the bottoms.
So I found these on another site.
But now the price has gone from being $50+tax for 5 brackets at Home Depot to $80 + shipping! Yikes. They’re nice but not THAT nice.
I kept looking.
…annnd here’s where came the pure madness, because after seeing these there’s no going back.
I am trying to convince myself that although they are very pretty, it’s still ludicrous to pay over $80 for brackets.
THEY HAVE CARVED LEAVES! OUR CHANDELIER AND MEDALLION BOTH HAVE CARVED LEAVES!
IT ALL GOES TOGETHER!
IT’S MEANT TO BE!
I’m trying to deny myself of what seems to be the inevitable.
They’ve been sitting in my cart all weekend.
Out of desperation I started looking up how to DIY wood curtain brackets and found a cool idea from Maison de Pax. They’re not bad. Not as fancy, but they do the job. I mean come on, how much do we notice curtain brackets?!
It was time to show what I’d found to Karl.
I started by warming him up, showing him the Home Depot brackets with the holes, then the more pretty but more expensive…and up and up the chain…until we reached the carved leaves.
Karl’s job was supposed to be the denier. The reasonable one who would talk me down and say that the other choices aren’t so bad, that they’re just BRACKETS.
As I finished the end of my spiel and showed him the etched leaves brackets he looked at the screen and went “Ooooh”. Then he turned to me and said, “We should totally get those!”
I scrambled for my Plan B, showing him how we could DIY our own and it’d be so much more affordable and, come on…..it’s brackets!
He shook his head and rather eloquently said that, “the many small pieces still make up the whole for the aesthetics of the room.”
Yes, but….nooo. What happened?! You’re supposed to stop this madness, not encourage it! WHO ARE YOU?!
Not to mention that with that kind of rhetoric, you could go buy things for any price as long as it meets your aesthetics. Like these that are $113. EACH.
In the end he said it was up to me, but those carved leaves were the ones he wanted too.
I’ve done the math and it comes to this:
If I get 5 of these wood brackets, 2 with 3″ returns and 3 with 6″ returns, then add in shipping, it’ll be a little over $80.
The 5 of the carved leaves, same kind of bracket sizes, would be $110 + free shipping. They’re also not returnable.
Is it really worth it?
I’ve cross-searched for these exact brackets to see if they’re for sale anywhere else for lower prices, but no luck.
I’m still even hanging onto possibly DIYing…
What if we drill semi-circle holes through the tops of these $10 corbels? They’re the right length…
…now I’m just going down all sorts of trails…therefore before I bore you all past tears…
…this is where y’all need to come in and TELL ME that we’re either so right or so wrong. Or maybe a different but still-awesome alternative?
That may be dangerous though, as I suspect we’re all a bit mad… ;)
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