What would you say if I told you my office was in the bathroom? Well, I guess it’s not entirely true since there aren’t any fixtures in here yet. But I’m sitting in the spot that AJ and I have talked about having our bathroom. It’s raw and unfinished. And spiders loved it here before I vacuumed them up. While AJ and I plot out our longtime vision for the bathroom and our home I decided that I needed to better use this space. It was currently being used as storage. It was disorganized and disgusting. I asked myself what I could do to change an area of my life that I felt unhappy about… without a doubt it was the feeling of being scattered. Scattered because I didn’t have an office space to spread out in and have an area that I could become organized in. AJ and I created this custom message board to help with the beautification and organization of this space:
There are a bunch at Ballard Designs that I love but the price for a comparably sized one was $129. Not gonna happen. And plus, I wanted a custom color fabric. So I decided to make our own. If you want to make your own here’s what you’ll need:
1. Trim boards cut to the length of your plywood backing. I used pre-primed boards from Lowe’s that came in 7ft increments. I paid about $8.50 for the boards.
2. Plywood (we just had a big scrap in the basement that I used). Free.
3. Fabric (I bought a big piece of gray fabric with a slight shimmer for some glam. :)). This was about $10 from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
4. Compound miter saw to make the 45 degree angle cut for the corners.
5. Finish nails… we just had these laying around and didn’t have to buy any.
6. Staple gun to staple the fabric to the plywood.
Steps to making your own custom message board:
1. Staple your fabric tightly around your plywood. Don’t worry, tacks will go into it!
2. Cut your frame so go around the outer edge of your plywood. Each trim board should have a 45 degree angle to make the frame.
3. Gently put your finishing nails into the trim boards so they secure to the plywood.
4. I painted over my primed boards with Country Chic Paint in Simplicity so the silver nails didn’t show through.
5. Style! Style! Style! 🙂
This is the use what you have space. It’s not perfect. Or magazine worthy. And it doesn’t even have drywall on half the walls… just pink insulation. But here’s the thing… this little 5×5 foot space is mine for the time being. Today you’ll see the improved version of the space but not the gorgeous version… and then in the coming days and weeks you’ll see improvements. This quote below is one of my absolute faves:
I printed off a couple of things to keep me organized: a running to-do list, appointments to remember for this month (big things like doctors appointments or weddings) and then a little list of healthy decisions to make each day.
I love this space because my desk is my mom’s vanity table from growing up. The lamp is one from my office when I was working pre-Drew. The hydrangeas are from our yard. What area of your home can you transform for pennies to make your house work better for you?
Check out what my fabulous $30 Thursday co-hosts are up to. April made this wheat wreath for her fall mantle:
Shayna created a chalkboard out of an old picture frame for the gorgeous new shelves in her dining room:
Have a great day today! We are heading out for Drew’s pre-school orientation in an hour!