You would NEVER EVER guess these were DIY rods! They look as good as the 20.00 rods you buy all the time for 25% of the cost! The curtain clip rings really make these even better. I painted mine oil-rubbed bronze but you can paint them black, white, antique white, or so many other possibilities. Especially with all the different metallic paints they have now. They are held up with one hole hose brackets and 1.5" L brackets connected by a nut and bolt. You can make them in a double rod set too by using 2 hose brackets and a 2.5" L bracket! Like I said, it is really an easy thing to do for very little cost.
I used drop cloths. I went with the 6'x9' set. This was enough to do both windows. Because I added some additional fabric to the top I was able to make them over 90" long. With this exceptionally high wall, the height was needed. I kept them plain so they did not compete with my fireplace as the focal point on the wall. As you can see it is a very elaborate fireplace and I felt having curtains