I had the idea of creating a message board for the wall by our front door. This was caused by the removal of a wire basket that was taken down to paint. The anchor came out of the wall and left a large hole which my husband did patch but I still didn't like it. Every time I looked at the wall my eye went right to it.
I'm a problem solver. Enter the idea of the message board that was just wide enough to cover the offending spot. I, of course, need a nail gun to complete the project. My husband has a nail gun so he is quickly enlisted to help bring yet another of my crazy ideas/drawings to fruition. And off to the orange store we go (he, of course, is still wishing he didn't take the basket down to paint).
At Home Depot there is a bin called Hobby Boards, it is in the lumber section by the moldings. The boards come in various lengths and widths and most are 1/4 inch thick. You can also see on the display that they come in red oak, poplar and alder woods as well. We chose poplar because it has a fine grain and paints nicely.
two - 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 28" for each side of the frame (buy two 3 foot pieces)
two - 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 21" for the top of the frame and middle divider (buy one 4 foot piece)
one - foundation piece - 1/4 sheet of plywood, 3/8" thick. The 1/4 sheet of plywood started as 24" x 48", we cut the piece 24" x 28", leaving a 24" x 20" piece for another project on another day.
I painted the hobby boards with regular black house paint. Once dry, he secured the hobby boards to the foundation with the nail gun. I had him leave about 6" of space in the chalkboard area at the top.
Next were going to Edgemate or "magic tape" as I like to call it.
(This is the part that is easier with a friend)With a hot iron (no steam), lay the wood tape on the edge of the board and just iron on. It really is that easy. Why do you need a friend? It is much easier if someone holds the wood strip in place while you move the iron along the top. You can see my fingers in the bottom left corner as my husband moves the iron along the top. Once you get to the end of the board just cut the wood strip off with a box cutter. Turn the board and start on another side. It took us all of 20 minutes to do the entire board and that included me stopping to take a few pictures.
Back to the craft table to cut off the excess wood veneer. I just ran my X-Acto Knife along the edge. Super easy.
I bought a roll of cork at Joann's (about $15 without a coupon)
Now just ease the cork into the space.
Shanna Murry. I am a long time fan and user of her unique products. Yes, I know they are a bit pricy but the style and quality is great, just what I needed for this piece.
I used some washi tape to mark center.
Here's the answer.
I wanted the look of a chalkboard (in person it does look different than house paint) but not the mess. I also still have the option to write something next to the vinyl transfer if I so choose.
My husband used a wood screw to secure the hooks to the 5 1/2" strip at the bottom of the board.
Just plain lovely.
And now it's hung and ready for use. A great message to see as you pick up your keys to leave for the day.
Cheers for a great weekend everyone!