Mini Project Monday: Greek Key Corkboard

I’m finding my thoughts turning towards creating a tranquil, if not girly, craft room/office so I have a relaxing place to scrapbook.  Hubby hasn’t even started to fix up the third garage that will become his “man cave” (although he has started talking about it) but I’m tired of having a chaotic office space.

Having said that, this knock-off Pottery Barn corkboard project in no way contributes towards a more organized space but I was inspired nonetheless!  It looks VERY tedious (and it was) but actually didn’t take that long to do.  It was only an hour and a half from “Here, take the baby so I can do a DIY project” to “my thumbs hurt too much to keep adjusting the pins!”

Pottery Barn sells a corkboard just like this for the low price of…$160!!!  Mine cost me virtually nothing.  I used a corkboard left behind by my grandparents when they moved and I already had the fabric and thumbtacks in my stash.  Getting a $160 corkboard for $0 is totally worth the sore thumbs from pushing the pins in!


Mini Project Monday: Chevron Corkboard

I’ve been feeling a little bad that Boy#3 has a finished, decorated room and his older brothers don’t.  At 5 and 2 years, I know that they don’t really care but I want to finish up some of the little projects I have planned for their rooms.  It won’t take long or cost much money and then I can move on to the master bedroom with a clear conscious, haha.

I bought some adorable butterfly prints a while ago at my local Goodwill, wanting them more for the frames than the butterflies.  I’m trying to decorate my boys’ rooms with decor and colours that will last them through their teenage years and I don’t think butterflies would last long!

I decided to turn them into corkboards to display his art doodles now and school/social reminders when he’s older.  I gave them a quick coat of white spray paint to freshen them up and cover a few nicks.

I had some corkboard tiles from the same trip to Goodwill and I trimmed them down to fit inside the frames before painting the chevron pattern.  I debated using painter’s tape to mark off the pattern but I knew the paint would run underneath because of the corkboard texture so I just painted it by hand.

I put the corkboard into the frame right over top of the glass…and didn’t even have to use adhesive because I had cut it a tiny bit larger so they didn’t fall out.

They bring another pop of yellow to Boy #2’s room…a few more projects, including handmade curtains and I’ll call his room done!

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Adventures of Mel: Inspire Me Wednesday

Pinspirations: Menu Boards

Last week, I spent the better part of an afternoon re-reading my Martha Stacey blog and it reminded me of my weekly Pinterest features that I used to write.  Like Mini Project Monday’s, I’ve decided to resurrect them for Breezy Hill.

As part of my no-spend month, I’m trying to finish up a bunch of projects that I’ve had in limbo for a while.  One of those projects is a menu board for our kitchen…that I started to make before we even moved into the farmhouse!  I’m hoping to finish it up this week so I’ve chosen to show you some other cute menu display ideas.

 menu1Source:  Adventures of a DIY Mom

I’m a big fan of beadboard, especially now that we’ve moved to the country and my decorating style has morphed to be more rustic.  If I hadn’t already started a menu board project, one like this would look really cute in my kitchen!

menu2Source:  Rustic Wedding Chic

My wedding was in the pre-Pinterest era and I’m always seeing ideas that I would have loved to use.  This adorable menu board made from an old window is definitely one of them.


Source:  Keep Home Simple

I love this idea of printing out the menu and wrapping it around the utensils and napkins for dinner parties.  I think this might make an appearance at that murder mystery dinner party I want to throw soon!