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Let’s just deem this “Kids Week” because I’m back with a How To for the DIY art boards I made for Tiffany and Josh’s playroom makeover. This little DIY project was a little messy (I’ll get to that part in a minute) but it was totally easy and affordable.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Obviously, these aren’t just for playrooms and kid’s art. One of these guys would be perfect in a kitchen or laundry room as a memo board to keep coupons, calendars, recipes, etc. It would also make a great inspiration board in a home office/studio setting. It’s kind of like a “dressed up” version of a regular bulletin board you’d get from an office supply store – but a whole lot cheaper. Okay, enough chatting, here’s the 411…

Here’s what you need…

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // Burlap (4″ larger than your foam board) TWO // Spray Adhesive
THREE // Foam (“Project”) Board FOUR // 3M Picture Hanging Strips
FIVE // A Large Pair of Scissors  SIX // Duct Tape (optional)

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

First, let’s talk a bit about the foam board. I found four 2’x2′ pieces of foam board at Home Depot that were 1.5 to 2 inches thick for around $5 each. Foam board comes in all different types, but it’s important to choose one that will hold tight to a push pin. The foam board I used is also called “project board”. They also sold it in huge 4’x8′ sheets that can be cut down, but for this project, I thought four 2’x2′ boards would make more of a statement and break up the wall a bit.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Oddly enough, it was really hard to hunt down burlap. I checked Michaels, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore and they were all out of stock or only sold 1’x1′ sections. I finally found it at Walmart for $3 a yard. I asked the saleswoman to cut it in yard-long pieces thinking I wouldn’t have to do any cutting when it came time to attach it to the boards. I still ended up having to cut a good amount of excess off, but the smaller pieces were a lot easier to handle.

To start out, I sprayed a light coat of spray adhesive on one side of the foam board. Once the glue had set for about 30 seconds, I simply laid the fabric down on the sticky surface and smoothed out any bubbles or wrinkles.

If you’re following along, remember: You must, must do this outside and away from furniture, cell phones, cameras (hence why I don’t have a photo of this step), etc. If you get this spray adhesive on anything, it will be murder getting it off. Not only does the spray adhesive go everywhere, but the burlap also sheds like crazy. At the end of this process, my hands were covered with strands of burlap and glue. I looked like Chewbacca. I ended up having to use nail plush remover to get a majority of the furriness off, but even that didn’t remove it all. That being said, it’s probably best to do this entire project outside, away from anything you don’t want “stickified,” as Greg put it. However, once you get the boards on the wall, they won’t shed or anything. Burlap is just messy to work with.

Another thing to note: If you’re using any type of fabric other than burlap, it’s super important to iron the fabric first and get rid of creases and wrinkles. Otherwise, your board will forever be creased/wrinkled. I was using rather rustic burlap and going for a rustic look, so I skipped this step.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

It’s important to trim the fabric after you adhere it to the front of the foam board because you don’t want to accidentally cut too much off and have to go out, buy more fabric, get frustrated, etc. I’m told the same thing goes when you’re upholstering furniture, so we’ll have to keep that in mind for potential future projects.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The rest of the board-making process is super simple. All you have to do is spray more adhesive on the edge of the foam board and tightly wrap the excess burlap over the edge toward the back of the board. Basically, you just wrap it like a big, flat present. It’s that simple. If you feel like it needs a little more hold, you can add small pieces of duct tape to where the edge of the fabric meets the back of the foam board – but that’s totally optional.

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We hung the boards about two inches away from each other and used two 3M Picture Hanging Strips per board to attach them to the wall. I love how these turned out and can’t wait to see them piled with lots of art and craft projects.

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Play Date: Part 2

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As promised, I’m back to share the outcome of our weekend playroom decorating project! If you didn’t catch last week’s post with the 411 about this project, check it out here. If you don’t have time to click back and read a whole post, basically, Greg and I spent this last weekend decorating the playroom over at our good friends’, Tiffany and Josh’s, house. They have two boys who are 3 1/2 (gotta get that half in there) and 7 months. Here’s what the playroom looked like before…

Playroom Before // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The playroom is open to the living area, so Tiff and Josh wanted a space that “cleans up nicely” when people come over, meshes well with the style of the rest of the house, and functions as an area where they can spend time as a family. After a 48-hour decorating/DIYing/organizing/shopping blitz, here’s what the playroom looks like now…

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, I have to admit, I was a little nervous there wouldn’t be enough of a difference for a “good before and after” since this was a mini makeover. It’s not like we were painting the walls or doing any major renovations. Not that they needed it; I love this wall color. As it turns out, my fears were misplaced. The power of hanging curtains and wall art is ridiculous! I’m so, so happy with how this room turned out – and so are Tiffany, Josh and the boys – which makes me even happier.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We ended up not labeling the baskets like I mentioned in the Part 1 post due to the fact that, at this age, the boy’s toys are more categorized by size than type. That said, Jen’s toy-basket labeling system is genius, so Tiff will probably be adding that down the road.

Kid-Friendly Table Lamp // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I wanted to put a table lamp on top of the storage unit to add some “non-overhead lighting” and overall coziness. This Threshold wood lamp in particular is perfect for a playroom because it’s solid wood and won’t break if it’s accidentally knocked over. It’s super durable, and the fact that it already has some weathering to it will make any future scratches/dents less noticeable, if noticeable at all. With the lamp topped off with a simple linen shade, we were in business.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I brought the faux grass trough over from our house (you might remember seeing it on the kitchen island before we built the one we’re currently using). I thought it would be a fun way to bring in some green “plant life” while still being in the “kid-friendly” category. Actually, it’s fun to run your hands across the top, so I’m just going to call it a toddler sensory activity. Ha! I might have just laughed at that a little too hard. I’m bringing Tiff some picture stays (basically, they’re just little rubber feet) later this week to put on the bottom so it doesn’t move around too easily and end up scratching the top of the cubes if things get boisterous. Boys will be boys.

For the artwork, Brayden loves firetrucks, so I made him a 24×36 print of a vintage firetruck and hung it in a simple black poster frame. Since there was already so much color throughout the room, I used a chalkboard texture background. I love how it ties in with the chalkboard easel on the other side of the room and the chalkboard label on the front of the toy basket nearby.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the other side of the room is another storage unit. Again, we filled the bottom row with baskets and the top row with toys.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the wall, we hung four DIY burlap pin boards for the kid’s artwork. You can make these with any type of fabric, but we went with burlap to bring in a slightly rustic texture and to tie in with the baskets throughout the room. I can’t wait to see it filled up with lots of art and craft projects. I’ll be posting a “How To” on how I made these later this week!

DIY Marquee Light // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The small marquee letter is one of my favorite things in the room, and Greg was in charge of tackling it. Tanika, from Virago Demure, sent us an 18″ wooden letter “P”. Check out her Etsy shop because she has some awesome letters right now. We turned it into a marquee light by drilling holes for the lights with a paddle bit, giving it a few coats of glossy spray paint (Rust-Oleum’s Apple Red) and inserting a string of patio lights through the back. We did this same project for our carport-turned-covered patio. You can see the full tutorial in this post.

Friends Gather Here // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I love, love, love this sign – especially for a playroom. The worn texture ties in with the other slightly rustic elements throughout the room and the dark storage pieces. We hung it above the door with a few 3M Picture Hanging Strips. (I know I’ve said it a hundred times, but I love those things!)

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We originally thought we would spray paint the art easel’s frame, but once we saw it in the room with everything else in place, we kind of liked the lighter color wood and how it went well with the lighter baskets in the storage units. I corralled their crayons and chalk in a small utensil caddy that fit perfectly on the little built-in shelf. I realized my not-so-aweseome chalk writing would be “redesigned” by 3-year-old hands in a matter of minutes after finishing, but I couldn’t help myself. 

Playroom Reading Corner // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Now for my favorite corner of the room… the reading corner. Let’s start with the chair. It’s a medium-sized chair and a perfect fit for this corner. The fabric is durable enough to stand the normal wear and tear of a playroom for boys. The pillow is fun and traditional at the same time and the pops of red tie in well with the marquee letter in the opposite corner of the room. On the floor next to the chair is a toy basket with a fun chalkboard label. Yet something else I know I’ve probably said this about a tons of times, but I love these baskets. We have one in our living room for movie night blankets, but I’ve always thought it would be great for a toy basket, so it was fun to finally get to put one into action.

Again, since there was so much color going on throughout the room, we kept the artwork simple and hung an 11×14 Bomb Dot Com print from our Brown & Barkley stock in a simple back frame. This is admittedly more for us adults because it’s something we say a lot – because we’re cool like that.

Since the curtains are in this shot, this is a good time to talk about them. These are the Threshold Paisley Window Panels, and I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re what I’d describe to be a “rustic paisley” – kind of like a classic grandma with a modern twist. They look even better than expected with this wall color. I think they’d look great on a medium to dark gray wall as well.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, that’s the tour of Brayden & Judah’s new playroom. Decorating a playroom is something I’ve always wanted to sink my teeth into, so it was a lot of fun – even though Greg is now looking for an excuse to get a train table… So, there’s that. PS – Be sure to check back in tomorrow for a fun Target gift card and gift bag giveaway!