Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pretty, yet Practical!

I spent the weekend creating a project that I've had in my head for awhile. Using a 2'x4' sheet of pegboard, I fancied myself a bulletin board/tool organizer that is both functional and adorable!

I started by heading out to Home Depot and getting my materials. Now I must be completely honest and tell you that I was ashamed of myself, as most of these things would have been available at my local recycling center. I urge you to go this route if you are inspired to make your own board, as it would be a lot cheaper and more eco-friendly! Since I am now a pedestrian in this world, my choices were limited to what was available along the Translink bus route!

1 sheet pegboard
1.5m of fabric
Cotton batting (sold in rolls at any fabric store)
Framing (I used uncut trim)
Package of various pegs

Staple Gun
Electric Screwdriver

1. I layout my batting and fabric on the top 1/2 of the board. I flip the board over, staple first the batting, and then the fabric and I trim it all once it is stapled. Now really, it did not happen this simply, so to save you my mistakes - staple before trimming, and don't underestimate the length of staple that you need. I didn't take into account the wad of fabric/batting before the staple sinks into the board and cheaped out on the small staples! Staple the batting first, doing each side, the top, and finally the middle, pulling it taut each time before stapling. When you do the fabric on the front, pull it over the batting, even though you will cover the whole middle seam with a length of trim.

2. I cut 5 pieces of trim. 4 to frame the entire board, and one to cover the seam between the bulletin and tool boards. The frame pieces are measured to the length of the board and (after cutting) I used my protractor to measure and cut 45 degree angles at the corners. Okay, actually I realized I'm not smarter than a 5th Grader, and asked my lovely fiancé how does one make angles again? Being so resourceful, he printed a protractor off the Internet for me (?!!) and did the measuring for me!

3. I hammered the frame to the board. Here, I got a bit hasty and the nails were longer than expected. They went through the frame, through the board and halted abruptly at the tile floors. I would highly recommend accurately estimating the length of your nails, or maybe drilling small nuts attached with a bolt?

4. I lay out four spots on the wall where my board will be secured, which line up evenly and exactly to holes in the pegboard. Anchors are drilled into the wall and the board is screwed into the anchors, seamlessly and pleasantly. After we spent a frustrating hour attempting to attach wood beams to the wall, to which we would secure the board, only to learn we purchased faulty screws/anchors. But all was well in the end attaching directly to the wall, and as any home do-it-yourselfer can tell you, these hiccups are just the joy of D.I.Y!!


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