Friday, February 12, 2010


When I was re-designing our guest bedroom I knew that the space would also house a small desk that I could as a mini office if they mood should ever strike. Because of that I wanted a giant bulletin board to tack up all of my pictures.


This board from Ballard Designs was the right size, but the wrong colors and oh yea $499 so that wasn’t happening.


I then remember an old DIY project in a Martha Stewart Living magazine that I had rescued from my neighbors trash pile and so began my Homasote board project.


With a quick trip to Home Depot we were set to begin.


If you wander down your insulation aisle at your local home improvement store you will be met with a big stack of homasote.



For $23 and some change I bought home a massive piece of Homasote. Now you can ask the kind folks there to cut it down to size or you can bring it home, use a box cutter to score your size and then snap it off just like dry wall.


* We cut it at home with our table saw, because we had one available and let me tell you it’s MESSY! Paper bits fly all over the place.


I knew I wanted it framed so we went down a couple of aisles and voila!


It was already primed and only 82 cents a foot so we cut our pieces to size and continue to the register. The rest of our supplies were already at home.


We decided to secure our memo board to the wall with wall anchors. I didn’t want them to show which is why we got the mouldings. That would cover all of our anchors.


After we cut our piece to size we made some marks on the homasote for where we wanted the anchors placed and the height of the of the moulding.




Make same measurements on wall and drill in your anchors.



You can then go and attach your fabric. I used the same white canvas that was used on the pillows.

I could still see a bit of the homasote brown color peeking thru the white so I added a thin layer of quilt batting to fix that. No need to spray it on. Just lay it on the board and wrap your fabric around it. If you like you could staple it into place on the front, because the staples will be covered by the moulding



Once you’ve wrapped it with fabric you can attach trim if you want. Even though I plan on placing pictures up with tacks I wanted to give the fabric a similar look to LULU DK CHANT so I used rick-racking in yellow to do so.


Then you simply place board against wall and drill a screw through the board into the wall anchor.


Since I didn’t want the screws showing we nailed on our trim moulding and we were finished!


It was a very simple project and not too pricey. Cutting the board, drilling the holes, wrapping it in fabric and attaching it to the wall really takes no time at all.


What took us the longest time was figuring out placing the trim on the fabric. I only had a limited amount of it so we needed to be careful before we cut each piece.


Once that was done attaching the trim was also a breeze.


We also didn’t do everything at once. The cut homasote and painted trim pieces had been sitting in my house for over a month waiting for me to get to that project.


If you have any technical questions ask away and I’ll have Jon help me with answers this evening!


Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Blogger Preppy Little Dress said...

Great idea, love it!!

February 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger LindsB said...

Makes a great statement on your guestroom walls- its going to look even better once you start filling it with all your memories.

Have a good weekend!

February 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I need to get on one of these. so needed right now!

February 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Bromeliad said...

Great idea - a memo board done large.

February 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Catbird said...

Thank you so much. I'd never heard of homasote. I've got 2 projects where I need a giant tack board (a backer to our dart board to protect the wall, and mounting a poster-sized map to keep track of our travels), but I've been put off by the cost of large bulletin boards. I'll finally get to do them now.

February 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

This makes me so jealous! I wanted to do this same project, but my Home Depot doesn't carry homasote. I finally found some at a local builder's, but because of OSHA they won't cut it for me. :(

yours turned out super pretty! Great statement piece!

February 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

I love it! It looks great!

February 12, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love your DIYs. And the blue and yellows together. Keep them coming!

February 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Cristin said...

Gresat look! Love the yellow rick rack!


February 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks great. Lots of drama, lots of functionality.

Looking at it I wonder if this might also work as a headboard.

What are your thoughts?

February 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I saw your room makeover on DesignSponge and love it! Thank you for your post and I love the board! The dark blue and yellow are perfect contrasts. Can you tell me exactly how you attached the trim to the board? I would love to do something like this for my place.

February 12, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I love this!! I may need to try this in my office!!

February 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

I love it. Such a great idea!

February 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Dumbwit Tellher said...

Perfection, and many thanks for passing on this great idea. I think there isn't one of us that wouldn't love one of those in our home. Great Valentines weekend to you xx

February 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

You and Bryn did inspiration boards this week! Loving them both! Happy Valentines Camila!

February 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I never saw that issue of MS, what a clever idea to use homasote!
I still lust over those Ballard bulletin boards, but seriously - $500 for cork???
I truly love how yours is custom-made to size and color, anyway.
Thanks for the how-to!!

February 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous AppleTree said...

very handy you are.

February 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger bazaarofserendipity said...

You did such a great job! thanks for sharing!

February 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Haven and Home said...

Looks great!!!!!

February 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

great job!

February 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kwana said...

Wonderful! Great job.

February 13, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

fun! great job!

February 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Bungalow Home said...

Thanks for the step by step. Will file this away for future. It was one of my favorite features of your guest room!

February 14, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Red Lipstick Style said...

I love this - I have been thinking of doing something like this for my office and now I have the instructions! Thankyou for sharing.

February 15, 2010 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger Adrianna said...

That room has so many beautiful colors...swoon. I love the way the board looks. As I read on I didn't know it was going to have such a POW factor. Great job!

February 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

I so love that you did this, because several years ago when Martha Stewart did this I told my husband about it. We went to I swear it was Home Depot and both my husband and the guy at the store had never heard of homasote. I am so showing my hubby this so I can say HA in his face and then give him a kiss and ask him to make one for me, lol!

Love it!

February 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Lovely Little Nest said...

So, what is Homasote, exactly? Do you think you could paint it like a canvas?

February 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
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