While I was peeking through the catalog, I thought a Burlap Message Board would be great to go along with the new baskets. (A knock-off, of course.) I love a good knock-off challenge, it makes me happy to make something nice for less.
I was lucky enough to spot some great burlap in Home Fabrics last week that is almost identical to what is on Ballard's boards. The burlap is thick and sturdy with a nice weave. Perfect for a cork board. I didn't know there were so many varieties of burlap beyond a potato sack!
I put the Message board in my kitchen area, where the clutter tends to pile up. I wanted the entire under cabinet area filled with cork board, so I started by building a custom size wood frame.
Foam Board (Hobby Lobby)
Cork Roll (Hobby Lobby w/coupon)
saw to cut 1x2's
One of the reasons I like the wood frame so much is that I could "frame" around my phone jack and electrical outlets. I built the frame deep enough to allow the cords to fit behind.
There's nothing worse to me than crooked nail head, it can ruin all of your hard work. I made an "easy to follow" template to help me get the nail head on nice and straight. First, I marked how far in I wanted the nail head. (About 1 inch.) I drew lines on each side of the paper one inch in. My nail head is about 4 inches apart (this depends on the measurement of your board) and marked dots on the line where the nail will go.
Next, I cut a line on the paper with scissors on each nail mark. Then I lined my template up on the corner of the board, pushed the nails in part way on the dots, then pulled the paper away. It's super easy, then I moved on down the board with the template. Before permanently hammering the nails in, I used my straight edge to double check that the nails were straight. I finished hammering the nails in with a rubber mallet to avoid damaging the nails.
Now I have a burlap message board that rivals a high ticket board from Ballard Designs for a fraction of the cost! I am one happy and "semi-organized" gal!