To get rid of the light that comes through the sides of your curtains, slip one of the curtain ring clips onto the rod bracket. No more side light! Also good when using thermal-backed curtains to help stop drafts.
OH MY GOSH. I have a little round table in my living room that's old and tattered because it was my great grandmothers and it's been through 3 generations lol. I could sand it and paint it a matte black then do the chalkboard on top. Fun idea for my already fun apartment.