Organized

26 Jan

This is what our dining room table looked like this weekend, because we accidentally lined up a series of projects, and got them all done in record time. Sewing, stapling, hanging, stuffing and sleeping on the ground instead of the bed. The sleeping on the floor part was because I somehow pulled a muscle in my back, somewhere between carrying a piece of homasote to the car, and picking out fabric at Fabric Outlet. I didn’t feel a thing until I got out of the car, and felt a little pitch or pull in my back, then the intern bumped into me as we were opening the front door to our apartment, and trying to maneuver three large pieces of homasote into the house. When he bumped me I felt a big big pinch in my back, that felt more like a stab. I slept on the floor Saturday night, and missed a good birthday party, because I could barely move without stabbing pains in my back.

Anyway, now that I am old(er) I guess this is what I have to look forward to.  Back pain, and old lady feelings. But back to the projects!

For months now the Intern and I have been in need of a bulletin board in the office. We wanted something to fill a large portion of the wall, and we didn’t want something pre-made and ugly. At the suggestion of our friend Tomas, who happens to be pretty clever about these kinds of things, we bought a 4′x 8′ sheet of homasote to make our own bulletin board. Homasote is compressed recycled paper, intended for use in soundproofing, and other types of projects. When we bought the homasote, we had it cut to fit in the car, and fit our wall- so the piece we used is 3′ x 5′.

 The Intern measured the board and the wall, he installed metal interlocking hooks on the back of the board, and the wall, so we could hang the bulletin board securely. While the Intern worked, I stitched together our two selected fabrics for the board. We picked one yard of avocado/olive green cotton, and one yard of a two-toned gray and black linen.

 {Backside of the seam}

Then we stapled the fabric to the board, stretching it as we worked to smooth out any wrinkles or puckers in the fabric.

{The finished bulletin board up on the wall}
{Bulletin board in use}
One of the best parts of this bulletin board is that I can finally use these wood pushpins I found months ago.
With a little leftover linen, I made a small pouch for the unused pushpins, to hang on the bulletin board. So organized feels so good!
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4 Responses to “Organized”

  1. lliizz4 January 26, 2010 at 8:46 PM #

    Ohh and ahhh! Good work! Sorry to hear about your back pain, and sleeping on the floor. I know what you mean about the old lady pains.I was on the swings at the park, and I thought I was going to need a hip replacement when I got off. OUCH! Getting old suck, wait til 28. LOVE YOU and your projects. Butt pats to all! P.s. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF IN CLASS!!!

  2. Luke and Marissa January 27, 2010 at 2:55 AM #

    How come your kitchen table, no matter how messy it is, always looks trendy and cool and somehow not messy? Also, were you here in Florida, or were we there in Cali, Luke could work on your back. While in med school, he has learned all kinds of manipulation techniques. I just has him crack my back 5 minutes ago. I really like that board you made. I am in need on one of those puppies. Maybe I will make one. I'll take pics if I do.

  3. Mi Piace Kate Design January 27, 2010 at 3:41 AM #

    Thanks, I'm pretty sure I photograph around the laundry and cat hair all over the place…If you were here in SF, I could share our leftover homasote with you- we have a big 3×5 ft piece left, because you can only buy it in sheets of 4x8ft. If you make one, I would recommend getting a friend to do it with you, so you can both make your own bulletin board from the same sheet of homasote. Its a pretty cheap project too, cheaper than buying cork board.

  4. Mi Piace Kate Design January 27, 2010 at 3:41 AM #

    Thanks, I'm pretty sure I photograph around the laundry and cat hair all over the place…If you were here in SF, I could share our leftover homasote with you- we have a big 3×5 ft piece left, because you can only buy it in sheets of 4x8ft. If you make one, I would recommend getting a friend to do it with you, so you can both make your own bulletin board from the same sheet of homasote. Its a pretty cheap project too, cheaper than buying cork board.

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