Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Five

It is now week five of The One Room Challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home, which means I'm in full panic mode. If you are new to this event, please click over to Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three, and Week Four to get caught up.

Before I begin, I would like to thank my saintly husband who has been tirelessly helping me move furniture, hang pictures, and providing constant moral support. I could not do it without him! He has also given up a chunk of the past two weekends to help me with "Operation Bulletin Board," which turned into a bit of a fiasco, but ended on a happy note. 

You may recall, one of the focal points of the inspiration board for my home office is a bulletin board covered with Lilly Pulitzer fabric. For the project, I purchased a Queen sized sheet from the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill collection in the "Lucky Charms" print. 


I had envisioned the bulletin board as more of an accent wall, while serving dual purpose as bulletin board. So after some Pinterest research, I found this blog tutorial, and my husband and I got to work! With some minor revisions to the directions, we ended up with this...


The scale and impact just wasn't what I wanted... So I convinced my poor husband to help me yet again, and off came the bulletin board. In a nutshell, here are the basic steps we took to get to the end result...

We purchased two pieces of this foam core board from Lowe's (it's in the lumber department.) Each piece measures 8x4 and costs $12.87 for a total of roughly $26... you can't beat that! Some Lowe's will cut your board to size, but the Miami Lowe's was not that nice. I wanted my bulletin board to measure 8x6, so my very patient husband cut one board in half using a hacksaw. Next step:

image via Nestle & Bloom

Screw in hardware, using a drill.  The hook will go in back.

The front will look like this. 

We used a staple gun to adhere the fabric onto the larger of the two boards and then secured the staples in place (they will pull out of the foam) using duct tape. Only staple and tape the top and sides. Note the metal hooks in the top right corner... We tied cooking twine between the hooks to hang the board, allowing the remaining fabric to hang free.

Level the board, and use small nails to secure the top corners into the wall. 

Screw the second piece of board into the wall. (We recommend screws, not nails.) Our cuts were not perfect, so we used duct tape to patch in the small gap (not shown.)

Use tacks to smooth out the fabric and hold it in place over the rest of the board.

Use flat thumb tacks to secure fabric behind the board.

Nail the corners into the wall to secure. 

Voila, mission accomplished! You can now remove any tacks used to smooth out the front of the bulletin board. 

The mirrored frames I ordered from West Elm arrived, and I spray painted the mats "Deep Sea Diving" by Valspar. The Three Wise Monkeys are from The Pink Pagoda. 

West Elm mirrored frames and Three Wise Monkeys from The Pink Pagoda

Now I just have to finish accessorizing and finalizing my bookcase, whew! Please head over to see what the other amazing ORC participants are up to, and make sure to come back next Wednesday to see our grand reveals!  And don't forget to visit Calling it Home again tomorrow for updates from the Linking Participants tomorrow.  I am in awe of all the amazing talent! 

35 comments:

  1. Love that you went LARGE!! Looks fab … thank goodness for patient and talented husbands!

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  2. LOVE the scale Andrea! I know it had to be disappointing to re-do, but it was worth all the trouble! Good luck with your bookcase this week! :)

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  3. You are in great shape for next week my friend. And who knew that board would be so simple to create. Looks great!

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  4. Love that it's so ginormous Andrea and of course that fabric just perfect! Your almost to the finish line, can't wait to see it all done dear!

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  5. The board looks great there.love the fabric.

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  6. Loads of un, this is one great office!!

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  7. loving the board!! It looks fabulous and really add so much interest. The fabric is just so beautiful. And I love the monkeys in the mirror frames. So chic! Can't wait until next week!

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  8. Lord...that was quite the DIY project! But adds so much to the space. Yay for your patient and giving husband:)

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  9. WAAAAY to cuute and way too much fun. loving this girl! xo

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  10. Smart tutorial! The scale is so good.

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  11. ok now i'm obsessed with the thought of spray painting my mats in all my picture frames. who knew you could do that? not me. thanks for that tip. you may have changed my life. at least my DIY one :)

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  12. great idea using a bed sheet for the fabric! Love how this is looking & can't wait to see the end product next week!

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  13. Looks awesome and I love the board! Can't wait for the reveal!

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  14. Your DIY board turned out great! I love your idea of spray painting the mats, so clever! I really love the mirrored frames and prints!

    Looking forward to see the big reveal next week!

    Jessie
    http://www.mixandchic.com

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  15. If you and you husband can do a DIY project together and stay married, then that is a huge win. Looking fresh and PBC. Love the way you framed the prints. Hang in there.

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  16. Fantastic Andrea! Such a beautiful statement piece and functional too! Win-win!!

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  17. Your right. It looks a lot better bigger! I am sure it was a lot of work, but it was worth it.

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  18. Bravo on the DIY - I may have to try that:) Bookcases are my absolute favorite to style, can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  19. I love that you and your husband did this together! That would never work at my house ; )

    It looks incredible. Also, I love how you framed your monkey prints! Your office will be fantastic!!

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  20. Ok!! I love the bulletin board step by step instructions! I am so so doing this at my studio!!! Thank you for this !! You already know how fabulous of an eye I think you have! Your home office is turning out amaze !!! I can't wait to see it finished !!! Love following your work!!! :) Lance @ Parker Kennedy

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  21. That wall looks great! Looking forward to next week!

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  22. Your office is looking so good. Can't wait for the reveal!!

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  23. What a great project. And I love the monkey prints from The Pink Pagoda.

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  24. Wow, that's a statement. I can just image the inspiration on that pretty thang!

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  25. What a great idea to use foam board as a cork board! Totally stealing that one! Everything is looking so good! Can't wait to see your glam reveal!

    XO,
    Krista
    www.goodwillglam.com

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  26. You are amazing.....what a great board, love the size and what a happy print. A true statement piece......love that your hubs is in on the action, very sweet! Enjoy.....

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  27. The bigger size makes a huge difference. What an impact statement. You have quite a dear husband. I can’t wait to see the final reveal, Andrea!

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  28. Girlfriend! This looks so fantastic! Aren't the husbands doing so much work for the ORC? I feel like mine deserves a medal, too. Thank God for helpful husbands. The room is coming together so well! I just love the mattes and frames together. aagh! Can't wait for next week!! xx

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  29. Huzzah for the husbands of the ORC. #amiright?! Wise Monkeys look smashing. This room is going to be sooooooo great. Home stretch, my chica!

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  30. I love how your plan is coming together!! The bulletin board looks great! And I love the monkey prints in the mirrored frames! XO

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  31. Love it all!!! can't wait for the big reveal next week!!! xoxo

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  32. Good call spray painting the mats, it really makes the monkeys pop. And that giant board is fab! Way to get it right. Love the scale.

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  33. Andrea, your office holds up to your name, GLAM PAD! Who wouldn't want Lilly's own personal desk?! Those frames from West Elm are perfect with the adorable monkey prints! I love all your DIY and tutorials too. It's been such a pleasure seeing your room's progress and participating in ORC with you. Many thanks for the inspiration to finish my office with some GLAM!

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  34. I searched for a Lilly office and it led me to this fabulousness! I love this bulletin board. We are moving soon and this is exactly the inspiration I need. Of course, I went right to Garnet Hill to buy a sheet, but found a shower curtain that I like better. Do you think that would work too or would it be too heavy? Thank you for a great idea!

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