Farmhouse Shelf with Window Curtain Rod

Add Extra Decor to a Bedroom with a Farmhouse Shelf

This is the last of the projects for the farmhouse room for my granddaughters.   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 an 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.

A bright wide farmhouse or cottage bedroom with a DIY window shelf and curtain rod combo. The curtain shelf is holding various small pieces of farmhouse decor.

Making the Window Treatment 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. 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 there 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.

Two small pieces of farmhouse decor, one is a small picture frame, and the other is a small galvanized container holding greenery. The two accessories are sitting ontop of a DIY window shelf curtain rod combo made from wood and painted white.

I added some little galvanized baskets with florals,  I am searching for some vintage children’s book to add as well.

Galvanized metal ornaments sitting on a diy farmhouse style window shelf. DIY window shelf, DIY window rod, DIY window treatment,

A little metal basket with some Spring flowers is hung beside the DIY window shelf to add some colour to the room.

A vintage white metal basket hanging next to the DIY Farmhouse window shelf to add colour and style. DIY window shelf, DIY window rod, DIY window treatment,

Jackrabbits 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.

A white rabbit sitting on an antique dresser adds farmhouse charm. DIY window shelf, DIY window rod, DIY window treatment,

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.

A wooden farmhouse style DIY shelf over the bedroom window. The shelves are white and hold grey and white curtain. The entire room is very neutral white and has assorted farmhouse decor accessories.


  1. Hey Leanna,

    Love the curtain rod, good stuff! It’s simple yet fabulous. Would try this soon at grandma’s house. She love white curtain rod anyway.


  2. 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. LeannaForsythe says:

      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.

  3. My momma had a shelf above every kitchen door. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      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. LeannaForsythe says:

      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

  4. The shelf looks great! I use the chop saw when hubby isn’t around, but I’m always extra leary about it. Gory visions…. 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Exactly Sheila!!! your comment made me laugh… gory visions is exactly right lol

  5. Hi Leanna, What a beautiful shelf you made yourself! I’m impressed! The whole room looks so nice! Thanks for sharing your photos and instructions! Blessings, Janet

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      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

  6. What a great idea!! I have a small room that I could use this shelf on. Thanks so much for sharing at Meet up Mondays.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I will certainly be posting again and enjoying the other blogs as well. Always a good time.

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