Last week I mentioned that I step on the scale every day first thing in the morning, to weigh myself. Afterward, I write the number that represents my current weight on an erasable board in my bathroom. I have done this for a while now. The board that I was using for this purpose is actually a plastic summertime serving tray for on the patio. It looks like this:
This board works great with dry erase markers, because the surface is slick and glossy, so the words erase easily, but there was no way to hang it on the wall. For many months it has hung from a hook meant for a robe, while the robe got tossed to the side. You’ll see what I mean later in this post. This was how things were with my dry erase board until I saw this sweet burlap and picture frame Do It Yourself project. I was intrigued. Having grown up on a dairy farm, I’m familiar with burlap. Oh, how I wish now that I had saved all the feed bags we threw away or burned as a kid. I would be rich!
But back to my project:
Lately I’ve been looking at home fashion blogs (and pinterest). I guess you could say I’m feeling pulled back to my farm house/cottage roots. Never would have thunk it five years ago. I won’t lie, I’ve also thought it was time for another NSV (non-scale victory) for me. This weight plateau continues unabated and I need something to keep my attention focused on something other than food.
All it took to make my new board was a cheap picture frame, a half yard of burlap, a pencil, some tape, and some scissors. I started with the picture frame $3, the burlap $.79 and the scissors I already owned.
The burlap is light beige in color, so the dark markers will show up on the board nicely, I think.
First, I took the picture frame apart, and laid the backing on the burlap as a pattern. Then, I cut the burlap to size.
This was sooo easy.
Once everything was cut, I just tucked the burlap into the picture compartment for the frame and voila, DIY dry erase board is born.
Doesn’t it look great?!
I love the texture the burlap provides, and the color is great for my bathroom. Plus, I love, LOVE the black frame. I’ve pretty much decided that black is going to be my contrast color when I decorate the house this spring. It makes accent pieces pop!
My first DIY in a long, long time!
But how would I get it on the wall?
Hmm, a puzzle. Then I thought…
…what if I make a template out of paper? I thought I was so smart and it was going to work great, but somehow it didn’t. The template helped to know how far apart the nails needed to be for hanging, but it was all wrong with regards to balance (getting it level on the wall). I still don’t know what I did wrong, but here are a few pictures to explain what I attempted.
These Phantom Hook hooks work great for securing frames or other artwork to drywall. They hold up to 50 lbs of pressure. We love them!
I tried really hard to get the paper template level, but no luck. Like I said, I don’t know where I failed in this attempt, but I did. The frame wasn’t level when the nails were done being driven in to the wall.
Our house is stud-poor, which is why we often use these hooks. They really do work great with drywall, but don’t help at all with leveling your work. Hee, Hee.
Here’s how it looked after my first attempt at installation.
Just a tad crooked, right?
Not good enough, so I tried again.
This was three attempts later and the wall now has several pock marks. Oh, well, they’re covered by one fantastic looking DIY dry erase board, people, so who cares, right?!
At this point, I said…
That picture is blurry because I used two markers in tandem to write the message, but it made my head feel funny reading it–like I used a shaky cam to film my DIY. It adds an unnerving queasiness to the project, so I changed the message to this…
Well, with the exception of a bit of red, in honor of St. Valentine. 🙂
I used a couple different camera settings to take these pictures. I’m trying to find out what works best in which light. Sorry for the blurry images at some points.
I like my new dry erase board with the light beige burlap texture. I think it is going to be much more soothing in the bathroom than the patio tray. This project took me maybe an hour to complete and I didn’t eat that whole time.
Woohoo, double NSV for me!!
I am so proud of myself for finishing this. I’m the queen of half done projects, so it felt good to get ‘er done and have a beautiful piece for my bathroom when I was finished.
If you will indulge me…
One more picture, please!
What home projects have you enjoyed doing? Which ones did you hate?