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Monday, November 15, 2010

DIY {Inspiration Board}

My office is coming along, slowly but surely.  I’ve made curtains, got a new desk, chair and chandelier (that still needs to be hung), and found a rug (so soft and plush on my toes) that I love!  Even though the room has a ways to go before it’s “complete”, I love disappearing into there and working, blogging, crafting.   The walls were still pretty bare, (except for my Blogs and Coffee poster:), so I decided to make an inspiration board.

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There is one wall in particular, to the right of my desk, that was the perfect size for the board. 

image Supplies:

  • Cork board
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric (mine is from Fabric.com)
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Thumb tacks (300ish)

I used this very basic cork board and spray painted the frame white.

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Measured and cut my fabric to fit just inside the frame.

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I sprayed the cork board with adhesive and lay the fabric on top.

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Then, borrowing an idea from Hi Sugarplum!, I added white thumbtacks (from Wal-Mart) to the edge of the board.  I ran out of thumb tacks towards the end (so annoying!) and had to go get more.  I ended up using about 300.

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It’s a little lot difficult to get the tacks to line up perfectly, so I had to redo several.

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After all the thumb tacks were in place, I nailed the board to the wall.   I switched out the gray lampshades for white too.  The gray ones went to live in the master bedroom.

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Here’s how the board looks paired with the drapes.

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And in case you’re curious about what the books are- I’m always nosy like that:)

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To see another use of this cool fabric, go to Modern Jane and check out her bench seat cushion!  Love it girl:) 

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I’m sharing this post with these fabulous blogs:

{M} Between Naps on the Porch * Making The World Cuter * Thrifty Decor Chick * Skip To My Lou * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Super Stinky Boys * C.R.A.F.T. {T} Today’s Creative Blog * All Thingz Related * Sugar Bee * New Nostalgia * I’m Topsy Turvy {W} Blue Cricket Design * Me and my Bucket * Someday Crafts * My Backyard Eden {Th} House of Hepworths * Somewhat Simple * The Shabby Chic Cottage * Beyond The Picket Fence * Life as Lori {F} Serenity Now * Infarrantly Creative *Just a Girl * Chic on a Shoestring Decorating * Decor Mamma * Remodelaholic * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Fun to Craft * The Shabby Nest * The Inspired Room * A Few of My Favorite Things * My Romantic Home {S} A Vision to Remember * Funky Junk Interiors * A Little Lovely * Tatertots and Jello * Be Different Act Normal {S} I Heart Nap Time * Under the Table and Dreaming

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53 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love this. You have definitely sparked a project idea for me!

    x

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  2. I adore your inspiration board!!! So chic and I love how easy this is to do!

    Luvs!

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  3. I just bought the same cork board from Target recently to make an inspiration board! I have been thinking about the best way to do it -- and you just made it super easy for me! I am totally copying you! Thanks for sharing. And I love the white thumbtacks (I never knew there was such a thing). The fabric looks great!

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  4. i love that cork board! what a great idea!! and of course, that blog and coffee poster, i need to find a spot for one of those :) i'm excited to see it all together!

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  5. I have wanted to this forever! You have given me the push!!! Thanks fort the inspiration.
    fun2bkids.blogspot.com

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  6. This is PERFECT! I am redoing my office and I've been collecting pictures for my vision board. I just didn't have the board. So happy I found your blog today.

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  7. I love the idea of using thumb tacks for a upholstery nail tacks. So clever. I just did an entire headboard for my daughter using those upholstery nail heads...not fun, took forever. Yours looks much more doable. Cute and clever idea. I love the books too!

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  8. i cant wait to see the finished room! love that fabric - reminds me of hermes (H)!

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  9. I LOVE it! Such a cute idea and that fabric is amazing. You have good taste in fabric! Have you ever tried HawthorneThreads.com?

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  10. I am actually having bedroom curtains made in this fabric!! I love it!! Looks great in your office as well on a mood board!! Can't wait to share my curtains!! Looks lovely lady!!

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  11. VERY cool inspiration board...:)))
    Thanks for the shout out too! xoxox

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  12. I love your inspiration board and that fun fabric. Thanks for the tutorial. Your office is looking beautiful! Yellow and gray are wonderful together. Your curtain fabric is gorgeous! I can't wait to see your finished room! You've inspired me to get going on mine.

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  13. I have been wanting to use that fabric somewhere in my house! Love it!

    Emily Hewett
    awelldressedhome.com/blog

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  14. that fabric is delicious.

    ah, an office of my own. a girl can dream...

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  15. You continue to impress me with your DIY Projects. This is one of my favorites. I love the fabric you picked you out and great idea to do the tacs around the corners. I am so not crafty but you make me want to try to be! oh and your office is gorgeous.

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  16. Your patience paid off. Love the thumb tack detail. (and I love that fabric, too!)

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  17. It looks awesome! That room is really coming together. I love the color scheme you chose.
    And thanks for the shout out about my bench! We have great taste in fabric you and I. ;)

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  18. great idea with the thumbtacks...I really want to do this to our bulletin board that hangs in our kitchen

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  19. Oh wow, this is gorgeous!!!
    Now I"m trying to think of where on earth I could put one in our place.... I love it

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  20. I love it! It really does complete that wall. You have more patience than I my dear...300 thumbtacks??? I think I would have grabbed my trusty glue gun and some decorative trim. The lazy way out.

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  21. Very nice, Megan! Love the fabric with the drapes.

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  22. That is one of my favorite fabrics! Looks great on the inspiration board!

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  23. Love it! Now you've got to keep us updated on what you post as your inspiration!! :)

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  24. THis is fabulous!! The fabric is so pretty! I have a cork board I wanted to transform but I need to finish the foyer before I start on something else :)
    Have a wonderful day~
    Kristin

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  25. Looks great. Love the fabric. I can't wait to get my office nook going :)

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  26. Very pretty! I think you created a very nice space!

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  27. That looks sooooo good. Love the fabric and how the thumb tacks look around the edge. So cute.
    Brooke

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  28. Looks great! I really love the tack border!

    http://lisafergus.blogspot.com/

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  29. This is SUCH a wonderful idea! And (other than lining up the tacks perfectly -- which I know would drive me nuts) it seems fairly easy. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  30. ooooh i love it!
    i need to make an inspiration board and was looking for some how-to's so this post is great!

    jillian xoxo
    http://just-jillian.blogspot.com

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  31. Love it girl, the fabric looks great with your curtains. {I love colin cowie!}. Room is looking awesome.

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  32. I love it! It's almost too pretty to cover it up! Nice work.

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  33. Looks great girlie!!! thanks for the shout-out...again! ;) "SL, that's what we are" Let's just combine blogs...Sugarplum, We're Home!

    I was more straining to see the picture in the frame...I'm nosy like that!

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  34. That is a great fabric, I've eyed it a few times at the store! I especially love the tack detail {however difficult is was to get on there}.

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  35. As usual, totally freaking gorgeous. Can you come decorate my house? You are ridiculously talented.

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  36. Great job! I love what you have done with this room. I especially love that blogs and coffee poster. That's totally me!

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  37. Love the colors, thanks for sharing how you made that!

    Paula

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  38. The fabric --- the pins -- SWOON! It looks so great my dear. I can not wait to see the whole room. If it is as lovely as this snippet....it will be fabulous!

    Cheers~
    e

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  39. LOVE that fabric!!! :) The thumb tacks really add a nice touch.

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  40. looks awesome!! wowza!! may i ask where to buy ottoman trays that you have throughout your house?

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  41. I went and got the supplies and hoping to make it tonight after my hubs gets home so he can watch the baby while I spray paint! So excited. I even found the perfect fabric.

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  42. Never tried HawthornThreads- but I will now. And this fabric is pretty thick too. Since I have some left over, I'm wondering what to do next??

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  43. Love the inspiration board! Beautiful!

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  44. I have the same fabric laying around! I'm going to have to borrow your idea and do something similar. I love it!

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  45. Looks great! Thanks for showing us the books, I'm always nosy like that! ;-)

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  46. How pretty! The thumbtacks are the perfect touch to add some detail to the board!

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  47. Looks great. I like the tacks around the edge, and I love the fabric you chose for your drapes.

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  48. Megan - Fantastic idea! I love how chic this is and yet very useful! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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