Did you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend? Ours was a busy one – we mulched the beds in our backyard, celebrated my youngest daughter’s birthday with a carnival/circus themed birthday party, went out with some friends to our favorite Mexican restaurant and to see Hangover 3 (don’t bother going to see it – it’s terrible), and enjoyed the perfect ‘sunny but not too hot’ weather. I also finished up a project for my oldest daughter’s bedroom – a chevron burlap bulletin board:
It was inspired by this chevron burlap that I spotted at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago:
I thought it was the coolest fabric and was wishing that they had some other color options but then I realized that if I used this fabric as a template, I could paint a chevron pattern on plain burlap in any colors that I choose. So I left Hobby Lobby with a yard of the burlap chevron fabric, 1 1/2 yards of plain burlap, and several colors of craft paint in the colors of my daughter’s bedding. The bulletin board that I wanted to make was an odd size – only about 18″ tall but 50″ wide. Since cork board doesn’t come in pieces that wide (or, if it does, I couldn’t find it…), I borrowed an idea from Emily Clark and bought a piece of 3/4″ insulation sheathing (that I cut to size using a straight edge and razor) from Home Depot as the base for the bulletin board . I wasn’t sure how the sheathing would hold up to repeated pinning and also didn’t want the purple color showing through my burlap so adhered a piece of rolled cork (also cut to size) to the the sheathing using spray adhesive:
To paint the chevron pattern on my burlap, I pinned the piece of black chevron to a leftover piece of the insulation sheathing and then pinned my plain burlap (which I had ironed) on top of it:
If you look closely, you can see that the black chevron pattern shows through the plain burlap so I was able to tape the pattern off with Frog Tape (I used the tape made for delicate surfaces only because that’s what I already had but regular Frog Tape would stick better and make it a bit easier) and then paint each chevron stripe between the tape lines:
Based on the height of the bulletin board that I was making, I knew that four double chevron stripes would do the trick:
I also painted her mini dress form with the same blue craft paint – she holds all of my daughter’s favorite necklaces:
To add a little more personality to this furniture piece, I replaced these boring knobs:
with new ones in two different styles (both types of knobs are from Hobby Lobby):
With the new burlap chevron bulletin board, new knobs, and some editing of the clutter on the shelves, my daughter’s chest of drawers and hutch went from this:
I love the new bulletin board but wish that I had also made boards to span each shelf so that the entire back of the hutch is chevon burlap.
That will have to go on the future project list because all projects and other crafty things are grinding to an immediate halt in this house – in less than two weeks, the packers/moving vans pull up! Yikes!