Inglewood Craftsman Home

Restoring our 1906 home in Inglewood CA on a budget

DIY Faux Brass Shower Curtain Rod



IMG_20130727_094026_033 Check it out- the new shower curtain rod matches our 1920s light fixture!

When we moved in, the shower curtain rod consisted of a homemade-looking D-shaped contraption. It seemed like a great shape, but we immediately realized that the D shape combined with the tub’s unusual placement at a distance from the wall allowed water to go down the back wall and into the basement! Not good. The original shower curtain rod didn’t even hang high enough to manage shower splash. We couldn’t continue using this bathroom without resolving this right away.

Unfortunately, having a clawfoot tub requires unusual techniques for shower curtain enclosures (we actually use 2 complete outer shower curtains, and three shower curtain liners). A simple shower curtain rod won’t work, and the unusual placement of our clawfoot tub (with a long side, rather than an end, facing the wall) precluded the use of many traditional clawfoot shower enclosures. It also explained why the wall would leak with the initial arrangement.

After seeing that new oval enclosures cost hundreds of dollars, we chose to create one of our own. We used plumbing conduit and electrical conduit plus some plumbing joints and flanges.



In order to ensure that the conduit didn’t fall out of the flanges, we split the ends of the pipes into 4, then hammered each quarter flat inside the flange. We used JB Weld at the corner joints and hammered the conduit in until it flattened a bit while drying.


Screwing the rod into ceiling joists while holding it up was difficult, but with two people and two stepladders proved manageable.


After almost a year of seeing the rod the way it was, I decided to try my trusty Rub N Buff techniques on it. I used two separate colors- Grecian Gold and Spanish Copper. I used the Grecian Gold for most of the surfaces, then added Spanish Copper for low-lights and texture.IMG_20140721_221548_574



Partway through the Rub N Buff process

I do have some found objects I’d like to eventually use in place of the flanges, but for now, I’m happy that the gold colors match the brass 1920s light fixture, the claw feet on the tub, and the toilet!


Although our shower curtain rod is still homemade, hopefully it looks less so than the previous version, and at least it blends in a bit more.IMG_20140801_194745_784


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6 thoughts on “DIY Faux Brass Shower Curtain Rod

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  3. I think it’s gorgeous!

    How does it hold up to use? Pretty sturdy? We have a store bought oval shower curtain rod that is so frustratingly rickety. I think I will copy your version, if you found it to be strong and long-lasting. Are you still using it? Thanks for the post, I love the idea! Also the gold does look great with your 1920s fixture.


    • Hey Meredith, thanks for the compliment! We do still use it, and it’s pretty solidly into the ceiling. We have taken the curtains up and down multiple times, and one time I actually grabbed the rod when I was getting out of the shower, and it helped me steady myself. Would love to see a pic of your project when you’re done! Good luck!


  4. this is exactly what I need to do in my bathroom so I don’t have to drill in the new tile. I am afraid the pipes are too heavy though. Did you do any extra reinforcing to make sure they were secure to the ceiling?


    • Hi Tabitha! Great call on doing this to avoid drilling into tile. We did find the joists in the ceiling to make sure that the rod would be extra strong. Because of the spacing of the joists and the length of the rod, we weren’t able to get *all* of the parts mounted on joists, but at least 2 were, so we felt confident about the rod being secure. We also used all 4 screws for each of the flanges, even though that was probably a bit of overkill – then again, this has proven useful when someone’s tripping while getting out of the bath and grabs onto the curtain on the way out! So far, it hasn’t even budged.

      Good luck with yours!!


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