Life’s been rather CrazySexyCool lately, or so my inner TLC-self likes to believe, as evidenced by the current project:
See, the HBH is really, really good at saving all things paper-related, while I’m really, really good at recycling a bit too much, while hoping that Charm and Good Looks will win the IRS over in any future auditing endeavors. But alas, he finally gave me permission to start purging and organizing and sorting – and so the fun begins.
In the meantime, we decided that we need a place to retreat that didn’t involve the baby’s room or the reading chair 2.5 feet away from the couch. Seeing as our place is a dreamy two-bedroom (Welcome to San Francisco), that left the musty, landlord-filled basement or our bedroom. We chose the latter. But in the midst of recreating an office area, I needed a break from the millions of papers, papers for me, and decided to get my craft on.
Every office space needs a bulletin board, but I wasn’t about to employ a boring ol’ piece of cork – so I repurposed an old one we had lying around with burlap.
What you need:
Bulletin board, burlap and a stapler.
1. Cut burlap into equal lengths spanning the length of your bulletin board: add on a minimum of 3-inches per side so that it can be wrapped around the edge and stapled to the back.
2. If you’re using strips of burlap like I did (from Michael’s), fold in half from 6 inches to 3.
3. Staple each (folded) strip of burlap to the back, each strip touching the one next to it all the way across the length of the board.
4. Check on the whereabouts of your child, you know, just for kicks.
5. Still focusing on the length part of the bulletin board, pull each already-stapled burlap strip across to the other side, pulling taut, and then staple to the back of the board.
6. Repeat steps 1-3 for the width of the board (but not #5!)
7. Now’s the fun part: after you’ve fully secured the length strips, and halfway secured the width strips, begin weaving the width strips over-under, under-over the already secured length strips.
8. Secure width strips on the other side of the board, according to #5 above.
And the finished product in its almost-finished environment:
I love how it turned out, but even more than that, I’m excited about the space this corner will ultimately be for both of us.
(Full disclosure: I believe I first saw a board like this on Jones Design Company, but wasn’t able to find it with a quick look through her tutorials).
What about you? What are you creating?0