Ideas for Wrought Iron Curtain Rod Shelf Bracket
The wrought iron curtain rod shelf brackets hold endless possibilities for your decorating needs throughout your home.
Mounting the Wrought Iron Curtain Rod Shelf Brackets
Mounting your curtain rod shelf brackets is relatively simple. Mounting screws are included and will work best if you can mount your brackets into wood studding. If you do not have a stud behind your bracket you should use a molly designed to help hold heavy objects in dry wall. Also when using 60" to 130" wrought iron curtain rods you should also install the wrought iron curtain rod shelf bracket center support. The center support bracket is now located on all the curtain rod shelf bracket pages. This bracket supports both your curtain rod and wooden shelf in the middle and help prevent your board from cupping over time.
Uses for Wrought Iron Curtain Shelf Brackets
The wrought iron curtain shelf brackets can be used in many ways in your home decorating. We love the fact that it is a home decor item but is functional. Consider these uses for the shelf brackets:
- Attach the curtain shelf brackets over a window, one on each side. The hooks will hold a fishtail swag.
- Use a wrought iron curtain rod or a wooden dowel rod with the curtain shelf bracket to hang valances or curtains.
- You can use multiple pairs of curtain shelf brackets to create a greenhouse window for your kitchen herbs or favorite plants.
- Attach shelf brackets to the wall in a bathroom to create a shelf for supplies or collectibles. The hooks can be used to hang towels or robes.
- Add a wrought iron curtain rod to the shelf brackets in the bathroom to create unique towel bar with a shelf.
- In the living room or family room attach the curtain shelf bracket to the wall and use with a dowel or curtain rod to display your favorite quilt or tapestry.
- Create a unique pot rack in the kitchen by mounting curtain shelf brackets to the wall near your stove, add a shelf and a wrought iron curtain rod and a few "s- hooks" to hang your favorite most used pans. The shelf gives you a show place for kitchen collectibles.
How to Create a Shelf for Your Curtain Shelf Brackets
Creating the shelf for your wrought iron curtain shelf brackets is a very easy project. Measure your desired length and take that measurement to your local hardware store or lumber yard and ask them to cut a "1 by 6" to your length. Consider adding some length to your shelf to over hang the outside edge of your brackets. It's easy to get the board recut, but you will not be able to grow the board once it's cut.
Once you have your shelf board you should put a finish on it. Prepare your shelf by sanding your board with a fine sand paper, using a little elbow grease you can round down your edges with a courser sand paper. If you know someone with a router, you can have them shape the edges for a more detailed or decorative look. For finishes here are some of my personal favorites:
- Antique oil finish is easy to apply, and gives you a very natural look to the wood. It does require some hand rubbing but the matte finish is awesome.
- Stain to match your woodwork then seal with a polyurethane. This will require some light sanding between coats of sealer. This finish is suggested for shelves used with plants.
- Seal and paint your boards with country colors to match your decor. My personal favorite is Olde Century Colors milk paint which gives you an durable antique matte finish. It's environmentally friendly and easy to clean-up. Milk paint is also available online at Woodcraft Supply or Woodworker's Supply, or you can check with your local hardware store.