The biggest obstacle for me was the rods, They were in excellent condition, but I didn't like how they looked. I mentioned this to my sister who suggested "spray paint them, If it looks bad you are out nothing." It just so happened I had spray paint in the color I wanted so I immediately set to the task of painting. First I had to find someplace to stick the rods so they would stay stood up. I realized I still had the styrofoam the lamps for our LR came in so I used that along with wrapping some of my husbands large screwdrivers with painters tape and propped them up in the foam.
Then I stuck the rods on the screwdrivers, and for one of them that didn't have an open end and was the inner rod, I stuck the end that would go in the other half of the rod into the foam itself. I also stuck all the finials (sp??) into the foam to spray as well.
I must admit I really love the shape of this finial that is for the Dining Room
Next I took some brown spray paint and sprayed them all, being careful not to spray too heavily at one time in one place so the paint didn't run. And about 1 hour later, voile!
Painted rods and
finials - this is the LR finial
All I had left to do was to hang the curtains I bought at Target on the "new" rods and suddenly I had a room that felt like me.