Recently, I lost a job. Well, not really. I didn’t lose it, I know exactly where it is. I got trapped in a red tape nightmare and I had to choose between two. I chose the one closest to my home. With one less job, and a much shorter commute, I had some free time. What are we supposed to do with free time? Watch Law & Order? Bake cookies? Sleep? I had no idea.
Fortunately, Young House Love knew exactly how to fill the few extra minutes – The Pinterest Challenge! The Pinterest Challenge is a seasonal challenge to stop pinning and start making; to stop looking at what others made and to try making it yourself.
This season, I challenged myself to make something for my man’s space. He currently has a little room next to the garage. He’s wasn’t banished there or anything, it’s just that he works very early in the morning, and I stay awake until very late at night. He needed a space where he can do all the things he needed to get done, and maybe sleep a little, while I quietly dance and paint and cause a ruckus upstairs.
The plan is to move him to the third floor once we get it sorted out. It needs help. Since hanging out next to garage wasn’t planned, the only furniture in it is cast offs from
the pretty room upstairs. Instead of moving all of that stuff to the third floor and having an ugly office space up there, we are sloooowly decorating it with nicer for keeps things.
The most basic office need is a corkboard! What better than a fabric covered corkboard as the first office item? After gathering up some pin-spiration, I got to work.
I grabbed an old corkboard and some extra fabric. It feels like the kind of fabric you might make pants out of? I have no idea what pants are actually made of. If I were to suddenly make pants, I would probably use a fabric like this. After laying a tarp on the ground – past experience is a harsh teacher – I coated the sucker with spray adhesive and laid the fabric on top smoothing as I went.
After it dried, I hacked off the extra fabric and attached the fabric to the back. I probably should have used staples. I used tape. I could find tape. My brain is slowly turning to mush. I blame the spray adhesive.
I taped the fabric to the back of the corkboard. I wanted a nice tailored look – kinda like an Indian Jones meets Die Hard feel. Somehow, I felt that upholstery tacks would be the best way to achieve this look. I tried to get actual upholstery tacks, but there was a long line at Hobby Lobby and I lost interest. Eckerds (a convenience store like CVS for the New England folks) had a much shorter line, so brass thumbtacks took the place of upholstery tacks. They look very similar, and like I said, I don’t know how to make pants.
Challenge complete: a corkboard that can hold you notes on the hidden treasure while simultaneously paper-cutting bad guys to death. Take that Martha!Check out the hosts of the challenge: Young House Love, Bower Power, The Remodeled Life, Decor & Dog