I realize how flaky it seems that I posted about big plans for the condo and the kitchen and now the blog has been quiet. The plans got postponed at least a month due to some events in our family, but it’s all still going to happen! In the meantime, I’ve been trying to knock out some other (smaller) projects on my to-do list. Do you have anything in your home that you want to change but you don’t know what to change it to? That’s how I’ve felt for a while about a set of canvases in our kitchen. See them to the left of the pantry door? Several years ago I took plain canvases and used empty toilet paper tubes dipped in paint to make the circles. I like how they came out, but they’re too busy and the colors just aren’t right for the kitchen anymore since we’re moving away from so much red. There is a big ugly phone jack hiding behind that bottom right canvas, so I want to keep canvases or something similar on the walls so that it stays out of sight. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but I was inspired by these burlap message boards from Ballard Designs –
I love the simplicity and texture of the boards; they would be fun to hold Bible verses, favorite quotes, or cute printables. But there’s no way that I was going to spend $50+ on these boards, so I was so excited to find a tutorial to make similar boards from At the Picket Fence –
I decided to follow their tutorial but to use drop cloth instead of burlap because that’s what I had on hand; this tutorial from Nest of Bliss was very helpful as well. I had two canvases that were perfect for this project because I had used them on a previous project and they had some residue that would be hidden when they were covered with drop cloth. So I laid out my fabric and cut out two pieces (one for each boards) large enough to cover the canvas and pull over the sides and onto the back. I didn’t measure, but I think it was about 2 inches larger than the canvases on all sides. Next, I pulled out my staple gun (it’s one similar to this one) and stapled the drop cloth onto the frame. The drop cloth was pretty easy to work with but I would imagine that the thinner burlap would have been easier. I started in the middle of the long side and then did the middle on the opposite side to keep the fabric stretched tight. I did the same thing with at least two more staples on each of the long sides and then did the same thing on the short sides. I saved the corners for the very last. When I got to the corners, I had to go through some trial and error to get them as smooth and tight as I wanted them. The easiest way that I can explain it is that it’s two diagonal folds. See in the picture below how there is already a flap folded up under my index finger? That was the first step and then I brought this second flap over top of it and stapled the fabric securely. Here is the finished corner – And just like that, the boards are covered! The boards are definitely usable at this point but I wanted to add the decorative nails to make it a little fancier. 🙂 I grabbed some decorative nails at JoAnn’s Fabrics on sale for less than $2 per package-
I laid the boards out and placed the nails around the edge to determine how many I wanted to use. I looked at the Ballard inspiration and decided on 5 nails on each side, even though the spacing wouldn’t be perfectly even. I started off the nails by putting one in each corner –
Then I used a ruler to get the others spaced evenly. I was able to push the nails in by hand enough to mark where each one should go, but used a hammer to get them in all of the way.
When I thought I was finished, I noticed a few nails that were out of line; it was pretty easy to pull out the offenders and nail them back in a better spot to make the lines straighter. And just like that – they’re done! I’m going to wait to show you the boards up on the wall because I’m still tweaking a few things in the kitchen and it’s not picture-ready. The kitchen is getting ready for some major changes and I’m pumped to have these boards ready to throw up on the walls as a finishing touch!
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