Sunday, July 29, 2007

How I Spent My Weekend

In accordance with my recent decision to concentrate full time on writing and speaking I have recently moved my office. I left my 3000 square foot Interior Design showroom for my home office which is 18' x 20'. Needless to say it's a bit cramped. I have had these two cork boards laying around and thought I'd put them to good use in the new room. I love cork boards because they make my very messy office look a bit more organized by throwing everything together within a formal frame. I love to hang my favorite things close to me, pictures of the family, friends, dogs jobs, etc.

I wanted to stack them on each other to create some depth to this part of the room and to soften the look of the larger board so it didn't look so huge. My first step was to hang some stuff on them to see if it was the look I was going for.

Once I figured out it would work I went through my thirty million pieces of fabric ( I never throw fabric away much to my husbands dismay) and chose two that I liked. I draped them over the boards to see if they balanced one another before I went any further.

I thought this looked pretty hot! Kind of a French Watermelon if you will. The iridescent silk damask is a nice foil to the deep red of the toile.

I use spray adhesive ( 3M Super 77 spray adhesive works best) to attach the fabric to the cork. Just spray the cork well with the adhesive on then apply your fabric. I make these for most of my clients and they hold up very well. I hot glue decorative trim around the edges and secured it with decorative nail heads. If you'd like you can add criss crossed ribbons to make a ribbon board. These were way too large. The big one is 6' x 4'.

Voila! The finished product. I like to hang small frames and mirrors as well as other do dads on these boards. Fill them up with anything special to you. The picture in the red matte at the center of the red toile board was drawn by my daughter.

Here is a close up of the trim and nail heads. Both boards took me only about 5 or 6 hours to complete. It's a quick and easy solution to managing some of your clutter.


Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I must make one for my office! I'm so glad I found your blog link over at Barbara's! I'll be back!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I can see a French Watermelon line coming out in stores everywhere! Ha! I love the reverse red toile.

Unknown said...

So glad you like these boards.. They make great gifts (smaller ones of course). The toile is by P Kaufmann. Can't remember who I got the damask from.

annechovie said...

Looks terrific, Jackie! I esp. love the Kaufmann "French Watermelon" toile. Nice job!

cotedetexas said...

These are ab fab! Love them! You are too talented, girl.