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The 10 Minute Tack Board DIY

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

I initially made this display board for two office photo shoots I had going on in the month of June. We were scrambling for something to hang above my desk, so I bought a cheap cork board off Amazon and 1 yard of linen fabric from the fabric store, and my intent was just to throw something together as fast as humanly possible. It actually turned out pretty great, so I ended up using it on the 2nd shoot as well. Want to know I made this bad boy in 10 minutes? Don’t blink because you might miss this tutorial!

Just kidding, I’m going to break out the steps pretty detailed so you have all the info. Just read through everything and then get to work on your own. You’ll have it done faster than you can make a croque monsieur.

Materials:

  • 23″x 35″ Cork Board
  • 1 yard of Linen fabric
  • Heavy duty staple gun + Staples
  • Scissors

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

  1. Lay your fabric face down on the ground and lay the cork board face down on top of it. Cut the linen down so it’s about 3″ larger on all sides.
  2. Pick a side, and begin stapling the linen to the backside of the board. Because you’re going to pull the linen super tight around the board, it’s helpful to fold the linen over once before stapling both layers to back of the board. As you can see in the first photo, I didn’t do this at first and ended up having to pull the staples out and restaple with the fabric doubled over.
  3. Work your way stapling down the first side of the board. Then rotate the board 180 degrees, pull the linen super tight and staple it to the back of the board. (Don’t forget to fold the fabric over on itself once first.)
  4. Once the fabric on the two opposite sides are stapled, start in on the two remaining sides, pulling the fabric taught as you go.

C’est tout, mes amies. C’est tout!

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

Want another DIY quickie? This quirky little stool is another fun one!

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DIY du Jour: Beaded Blanket Holder

If you can string a simple bead necklace, than you've got the skills to make this pretty, space-saving blanket holder! Click to learn more.

Arguably, it’s that time of year when blankets get the ol’ heave-ho into storage, but I do like to keep a few at close reach in warmer months for after dark on the patio and such. This small-space blanket holder is made of wood and clay beads and is great for storing + displaying blankets without taking up much, if any, floor space. If you’ve ever strung beads into a necklace or bracelet as a kid, then you’ve got more than enough experience to tackle this little project. Continue Reading →

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DIY Back Hall Makeover

This post has been sponsored by KILZ ® . All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whether it’s a mountain of clutter in your spare bedroom or a forgotten niche that’s in need of a facelift, we all have those areas in our home that we put on the blinders for in order to make them palatable. (Or at least, I hope we’re not the only ones!) For our family, it was the dreaded back hall, a dingy, bare, tiny space that just wasn’t pulling its weight. So, I’ve teamed up with KILZ Complete Coat® Paint again (remember our medicine cabinet makeover?) to rock this hall and make it feel more like the rest of our home–a spot we’d enjoy coming home to.

The progression of how we transformed our old, crumbling back hall entry into a place we'll actually enjoy come home to through wainscot and paint. Continue Reading →

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Fiddlosophy Webisode with Fiddlehead Design Group

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of spending the morning with Jen and Andréa of Fiddlehead Design Group. They invited me to join their fun and cheeky design series, Fiddlosophy as their first guest! Fiddlosphy shares bite-sized design advice served up with a side of Jen and Dréa’s hilarious banter. Everything from tips for sizing your dining room light fixture to window treatments 101, they cover it all.

The episode we created together centers around DIY: How I got into blogging/making things and advice for when to buy something for your home vs. make it yourself. Check it out!

I’ve known Jen and Dréa for years (from when I managed a trade showroom at IMS, the Minneapolis Design Center) and have always resonated with their Design Mantras, like “Less is More, Bigger is Better”, “Save Your Money Until You Can Do a Room Right,” and “Animal Prints are Neutral.” Jen and Dréa are a fearless design duo when it comes to pattern-mixing + color, and it shines right through in their stunning (and extensive) project portfolio. I’m including some of my favorite projects of theirs below, so you can bask in the inspiration too! #yourewelcome

I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video!    I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video! I sit down with Fiddlehead Design Group for their killer "Fiddlosophy" webisode series to talk DIY and blogging. Come watch the video!

For more Fiddleosophy and Design Mantras, head to Jen and Dréa’s website or subscribe to their Youtube Channel. And for a daily dose of design inspiration, their Instagram is a must follow!

Photos Courtesy of Fiddlehead Design Group

Video Production: Bullseye Media

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DIY Modern Bench Cushion with Leather Straps

A sewing tutorial covering how to make a modern bench cushion with welting & leather straps. [In partnership with KUFRI Textiles] Francois et Moi’s tagline, Handmade Modern Home, is not only about getting our hands dirty and DIY-ing one-of-a-kind pieces for our homes. It’s equally about celebrating expert artisans and feathering a conscious home rooted in soul and intention. Today we’re combining the best of both worlds–I’m teaming up with KUFRI Life Fabrics on a bench cushion project that has the most fab details… Continue Reading →

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DIY Floating Media Cabinet: Before & After

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

As soon as Miss Sylvia made her debut, we knew we needed to address the toy storage (or lack their of!) in our living room. We’re a one-hangout-space-household, so when we hang out as a family it’s in this room. This room is also the first space you walk into from the front foyer, so this area needs places to hide all our crap, I mean…stuff when people come over. Needless to say, this old train cart, though ruggedly handsome, just wasn’t cutting it. I’m a little embarrassed showing you what this used to look like, but here it is!

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

I searched for months for a cool old dresser or Bombay chest that could double as a media console/ toy storage chest, but it always came down to the width not being long enough for this wall, and it just not having enough storage. The more I looked and couldn’t find anything that suited our needs, the more I became excited about the idea of a built-in, floating media cabinet. We decided to design one from modular cabinetry from Ikea.

As soon as Miss Sylvia made her debut, we knew we needed to address the toy storage (or lack their of!) in our living room.

The Cabinet

Below are the general specs we used for the media cabinet. I can’t find my ‘parts list’ print off from Ikea, otherwise you know I’d upload it. If you’d like to recreate what we have here, I’d recommend going to the Media Cabinet Department at Ikea and working with them to help you pull together everything you need. Beyond picking out the cabinets there are several parts and pieces, like drawer slides, door hinges, soft close mechanisms, wall-mounting rails, shelves, etc. that you’ll need too. We worked with a sales person to compile a print out of the parts we needed, and they made it so much faster, not to mention gave us peace of mind we wouldn’t be running back there for additional parts. This is not a sponsored post–it’s just the easiest way to round up the cabinet supplies.

  • Ikea Besta Cabinet Frame – One – 47-1/4″ wide (double) + One – 23-5/8″ wide (single)
  • Door style: Sektion: Grimslov
  • Color: White
  • 2 Doors + 2 Stacked Drawer
  • Wall Mounted (no legs)
  • Soft Close Drawers
  • 74″ Barkaboda Walnut Top

  DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

We centered the cabinet between the archway and the corner and wall-mounted it using the recommended wall brackets from Ikea.  It’s installed 6.25″ above the floor at a height of 31.5″ (33″ once the top is installed). To determine the height, I taped out the TV placement with washi tape, and looked at height specifications for other similar media consoles for sale around the web. Also, being that it’s right next to the front door and coat closet, it also functions as the key drop + mail catch, this was another consideration for height placement.

In terms of installing the cabinet, we just followed the enclosed instructions. Though it’s a two person operation, it wasn’t necessarily difficult. The only tricky part was getting the drawers to catch on the slide mechanisms.

We left a 9″ leap between the cabinet and the bottom of the TV. I’d like to tell you I went with the recommended Industry Standard for the height of the TV, but honestly, this was the height that just felt right for TV watching, and looked proportionally “right” on the wall too.

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

The Walnut Top

Once the cabinet was installed, we started in on the walnut veneer top by double checking the overall length and width of the cabinet, which was 70-7/8″ x 15-3/4″. The counter top is 74″ x 25-5/8″, and we didn’t want an overhang, so it needed to be cut down. Since the walnut top is real veneer it has variation in shade and grain, so I made sure to inspected and determine which long edge of the counter I wanted to use, and which side would be cut off.

Then we set up the saw horses, marked out our dimensions on the countertop with a pencil, and clamped a 2×4 down the length of the board so we’d have a straight edge guide when making our cuts with the skill saw. DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

After cutting down the walnut top, we tried it out on the cabinet to make sure we like the sizing (fingers crossed!). It’s at this point we marked out “center” for the 2″ grommet positioned just below where the TV will hang to help manage cords. We used a 2″ round drill bit on our standard electric drill, and found a 2″ black grommet cover at Home Depot.

For disguising the raw, cut edge, the countertop comes with self-adhesive veneer strips that you cut to size with a utility knife. Then we attached the top to the cabinet with screws running up through the cabinet top and securing the walnut top.

Hardware

It took me a little bit to decide between oil-rubbed bronze and natural brass, but I ultimately went with brass because I liked the warmth of the metal with the walnut top. We have some oil-rubbed bronze elements coming in elsewhere in here which I think will compliment nicely. See hardware source links at the bottom!

  DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

Last, but not least, the TV. It was hung with this articulating mount and the cords were hidden on the wall with this cord cover.

Additional Things to Consider:

At some point, we may also apply a matte polyurethane finish to the walnut top to help prevent scratching and wear.

Sources:

Drawer Pulls  |  Door Knobs  |  TV Mount   |  Besta Cabinet System (See My Notes Above!)  |  Walnut Top  Cord Cover  |  Tassel Wall Hanging  |  Ollie Eksell Print  |  Bone Inlay Box  |  Face Vase

I think media cabinets are the hardest thing to style, because of the big black box at the center of it all, so if you need styling tips, check out this post.

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