It’s already week four of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge, also known as my quest to make my home office better organized, more functional, and, of course, prettier! Although I had more time to work on projects this week with Thanksgiving behind us, I was only able to get a couple completely finished. Others are in progress, but I’m confident I will be able to wrap them up by the last week of the challenge.
As mentioned last week, I’ve been wanting a large fabric-covered pinboard or inspiration board in my office for years. With the motivation (rather, kick in the pants) I received from joining this series, I finally got around to making one out of supplies I had around the house with the exception of the cotton canvas I purchased at Michael’s.
The total cost for the board was under $10, which is a far cry from the ready-made ones I’ve been looking at.
To make the pinboard, I started with a wooden frame (from an old piece of artwork) that I painted white using what we had left over from our basement renovation. I then added a gold detail around the inner edge with gold liquid gilding I had kicking around from my bird art project. If you haven’t used this product before, I highly recommend it (and no Martha didn’t pay me to say that!).
Fortunately, my frame came with a back piece I was able to wrap batting and fabric around and staple tightly to create the actual pinboard. If you only have the frame, consider using cork, a ceiling tile or homasote (sound-proofing board) to create your pinboard. Check out Cheryl’s post if you want more detailed instructions on how to create your own pinboard.
Instead of buying fancy pins at Michaels for nearly $10 to use on my inspiration board, I decided to make my own gold-dipped ones using the same gilding product. I simply dipped quilting pins into the bottle and stuck them in a piece of foam to dry.
They’re the perfect detail for affixing my favourite quotes or inspiration pieces to the board. I love the Fanny Brice “Let the world know you as you are…” quote, don’t you?
Now that it’s checked off my list, I can carry on with finishing my file cabinet project and the other details of my office makeover.
After setting up my nickel and gold desk lamp this week (which I love, by the way), I started to rethink the finish I selected for my ceiling fixture. After posting on facebook yesterday whether you’d choose the pewter or antique gold chandelier, the majority said pewter. I’m feeling more certain about the choice and I’m going to stick to with my original order.
As with every week so far, I still have a lot of work ahead of me to complete this office makeover, but I’m feeling like progress is being made. Now I’m just crossing my fingers everything gets here on time! Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge project updates for this week!