So this has been a project that has been on my to-do list for a long time and I’m so glad that I finally got to it! When we built our home and moved in almost a year ago there was this corner area off the kitchen that just needed something. I have always wanted a desk area near my kitchen so my family could be on the computer or doing homework and we could all be by each other. It’s turned out to be a great space that I love! We had white shaker style cabinets in our kitchen so I had the desk installed using the same cabinetry. So far it’s just kind of been sitting here without anything going on so I FINALLY got it all put together! It looks great and is so functional for our family!
We started off by getting a plain old cork board (24×36), some upholstery nails and some fabric. You will also need a staple gun, duct tape and a picture hanger.
First, cut your fabric to be about 2 inches larger all around (26×38). If you have fabric wider than 38″ (and most of the time it is) then you can get away with less than a yard of fabric to make this. I let Kamry pick out her fabric and she chose this coral colored scallop print (good choice)
I started off by tacking down the corners to make sure that the fabric was taut. Then you just start pushing in your nail head trim (the fun part!) It didn’t take long to figure out the best way to make it work. You just want to push them in so they lay right next to the edge of the frame and try to get them in as straight of a line as possible. Kamry had a lot of fun helping me with this part.
This size of cork board took about 9 packages of upholstery nails (30 in a package). That’s where I miscalculated. I bought 8 packages and you can see that I was barely short…. So I had to go back and buy one more package (learn from my mistake!)
(Here’s the part I forgot to get a picture of…) I folded the extra fabric around to the back and used my staple gun to hold it in place. You will find that after you’ve done all of this that your upholstery nails will be sticking through the back so I just applied some duct tape over them. Then you just hammer your picture hanger onto the back and it’s ready to hang!
Ta-Da! Now Kamry has an adorable new message board she can hang all of her pictures on (I must admit- these are not her pictures…I didn’t think One Direction pictures would do this justice)