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DIY: Bulletin Board 2.0

August 25, 2010

Okay. Bulletin boards. Functional? Yes. Pretty? Not-so-much. In the never-ending saga to improve the home gym, it is clear a bulletin board is a much needed accessory. I like ripping new exercises, tips, bits and bobs out of magazines and keeping them for reference. (I get bored easily). But the thought of throwing an ugly grade-school bulletin board up on the wall, makes me wanna cringe. And cover up that pretty paint colour (which isn’t there yet) ?? No way!

What if the bulletin board could be like it’s own piece of artwork? That, I can handle!

I found this board at Wal-Mart for about $12. I ripped it out of the frame, and mounted it onto a fibre board so I could wrap and staple fabric onto it.

I added some construction glue, and clamped the bulletin board and fibre board together…

After cutting some fabric to size, I placed the board, bulletin board side down, onto the fabric and stapled it on in the back.

Atop of some plywood cut to the finished size, I used some plastic edging from the hardware store, to mark out where the bulletin board will sit within the planned mosaic. That way, it keeps the edges sharp and the fabric on the bulletin board clean and safe from the work to come…

Staples are used to hold the edging in place.

I had spare tile left over from our fireplace project, and busted it into various sized pieces using a hammer. (Don’t forget your gloves and goggles! Breaking tile can be dangerous work — be careful!)

Next, using a toothed trowel, I applied the tile adhesive, and began laying out my tile.

Here it is with all the tiles in place:

With all the tile in place, it’s time to grout!

Once the grout is levelled and dried, I place the fabric bulletin board into position, and screwed it on from the underside with my trusty drill.

I hot-glue gunned some ribbon along the outside edge to hide the plywood. And, there you have it! Once the home gym is ready… I’ll add some hanging hardware to the back and add it to it’s new home!

What do you think??

Pillow Talk – Part 2

May 13, 2010

While creating a little “Spring time flavour” in the living room, I decided it was time to venture out from my standard “right-side-to-right-side, four-straight-seams, turn-it-inside-out-and-stuff-it-pillow”.

Yes, it’s a classic, and more importantly, easy… but we all need a little challenge now and then right?

I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but was confident I could figure it out as I went along. Here’s how it went:

Here is the fabric I chose. It is actually an outdoor grade fabric which I thought would be handy as these pillows sit in front of a large window that floods in full sunshine for the majority of the day. Hopefully fading will be kept to a minimum.

I wanted the finished pillow to have a decorative flap with a button on the front. I began by pinning the fabric in a triangular shape, the full width of the pillow, with the stripes perpendicular to the main portion of the pillow.

Hem the edges of your triangular piece and then move onto the next step.

Put the fabric for the pillow right-side to right-side, as you normally would… but this time, pop your triangular piece inside as well. That way when you stitch across the top of the pillow, you are simultaneously attaching your finished triangular piece.

Here is the pillow after sewing all sides and turning right-side out. You can see the underside of the flap here. But don’t worry, we’ll be hiding that later. It’s now ready to stuff.

Don’t forget to leave an opening in your seam to allow for stuffing!

Stuff the pillow to your desired fullness, and then the last step is stitching on a button.

I made two identical pillows and chose to use different buttons on each… but you could use anything decorative here. Maybe you have a pretty felt flower, or a peg style closure… whatever suits your mood.