The Christmas in July giveaway is still going on here in this post.
I, Kristen's husband, was enlisted to assist with putting this board together. I did not realize a guest posting would be an additional component, but here goes...
This is a really neat way to make a custom inspiration/ bulletin board for your studio/office with fabric that matches the style of your space. After completing this project, I still have a little board left that I may use for a second application in my own office.
OK, so here are the details so that people with the inclination and technical expertise to take on such a project can complete it. Here are the materials you will need, all of which are readily available at your nearest orange or blue home improvement store:
1 Homasote board (usually comes in a 4' x 8 sheet)
10-12 Wood screws (1 1/2" is a good length)
10-12 Finishing washers
Staple gun w/staples
Fabric and batting for covering the board
If you really want to make sure the board stays put when you are done, you have to make sure to locate the 2'x4' studs in your wall using a stud finder so you know where to place the wood screws.
Putting the whole thing together is really not too tricky, even if you have never worked with wood before. First, figure out the size of the space you want to put the board in and how large a piece you want to cut out of the homasote board. I recommend using a regular hand saw for wood rather than a circular saw. This material is easy to cut since it is a compressed fiber board. You want to make as few cuts as possible (two max) so that there are as many clean edges as possible. You can use some sandpaper to smooth the edges if you need too. It is dusty so try to do it outside or in your garage.
Lay batting and fabric on the board. The batting sticks very well to the board and you can use multiple leftover scraps without any irregularities showing. Leave 4-6" of extra fabric and batting to wrap around to the back.
I personally didn't iron the material, but Kristen did. She ironed the batting and the linen when it was laid out on the board. I did get suckered into using her rotary cutter to trim the extra material.
Use your staple gun like a ninja every 6" or so around the edges, pulling tight. You might also want to trim the batting on the back of the corners a bit so there isn't excessive material to cause them to look frumpy and not lay flat.
Use books, chairs, or anti-gravity devices to lift your board into the position you want it in. Our board, at 3 by 5 feet, was heavy and needed the support. Make sure it is level and centered, otherwise you'll be annoyed at yourself later.
Using the marked locations of your 2'x4' studs behind the wall, HAND screw in your screws and finishing washers. I found using a drill started pulling and twisting the fabric, which was definitely bad. The studs are usually every 16" or so, which is a good distance for holding the board up. We had studs in odd places here so we didn't have too much of a choice in the placement of the screws.
Enjoy your finished board and start tacking away! We will link this to Amy's Sew and Tell this week. Next project is painting the rest of the sewing room...