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Farmhouse Shelf with Curtain Rod

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Add Extra Decor with a Farmhouse Shelf

This is the last of the projects for the farmhouse room for my grand daughters.   I searched high and low driving to several nearby small country gift shops to find these little farmhouse decor pieces.  They are worth the effort, I love how they look on the farmhouse shelf.

Our little guest bedroom was most likely designed as a child’s room;  a double bed makes it seem pretty tiny.  I have a average sized antique dresser in the room and there really isn’t room for anything more.

I wanted more area for decor and this little shelf was my solution.  It sits up high enough to be out of the way.  You see it when you enter the room and it takes up no floor space.  I will be able to display all types of seasonal decor safely out of the reach of little people.

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Making the Farmhouse Shelf

Hubs was away at work so instead of waiting for him to make the shelf, I took some short cuts and made it myself.

Before heading to Lowes I measured my window width (48 inches).

I purchased two premade corbels that would accommodate a curtain rod for $8.00 each.

The corbels were 7 inches deep so I bought a 1 by 8″ board. Once home I cut the board to 53 inches to allow for overhang past the window.  (I used the chop saw alone for the first time.)

Luckily we already had a rod that would fit in the garage, I  spray painted it white. (We store all kinds of goodies in the garage rafters.)

I sanded the corbels and wood very well and then applied two layers of white stain.

Attaching the Farmhouse Shelf

By far the hardest part was mounting the shelf to the wall.  I had to use a stud finder to make sure their was a stud behind the gyproc to support the weight of the shelf.  The corbels had to be as close to the window trim as possible and  provide the support necessary. I put a mark where the holes would be, rechecked it a couple of times, then remeasured to make sure everything was level.  Finally I drilled some small holes into the gyproc that hit the stud.  I put in the mounting screws and then slid on the premade corbels.

Once the corbels were attached I added glue to the top portion, placed the shelf and slid in the curtain rod.

Here is the start of the farmhouse summer decor I found for the room.  It includes a little frame with this cute printable graphic I found on  House of Hawthorns.

Farmhouse Touches

I added in some little galvanized baskets with florals, maybe I will add in a couple little children’s books.

Farmhouse Collage

Jack rabbits can be found all over Edmonton, I received this little guy as an Easter present a couple of years ago, but she makes a great summer addition to the antique dresser.

All that is left is to take a couple days off and have the girls over to enjoy some Grama time and their new room.

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14 thoughts on “Farmhouse Shelf with Curtain Rod

    1. Hi Janet. I am not the best at constructing things on my own, but this one turned out really well. I am glad I tackled it. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. Hi Maria: I am happy with how the room turned out and that it’s Finished. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thanks Leanna

    1. Hi Stacey: Thank you for the compliment. I think guests will enjoy it. It was a challenge to make such a small room pretty. I appreciate your comment.

  1. That;s such a great idea Leanna and the room looks gorgeous. I’m sure the little ones must love it. I’m always on the look out for creative solutions to small spaces and this is really perfect.

    1. My two grand daughters love the room, they are coming for a sleepover this Friday and I don’t know who is more excited them or me.
      The shelf cost less to make than purchasing a good quality curtain rod, I am proud of this project. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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