Monday, January 10, 2011

My Work Room Inspiration With Window Mistreatment Tutorial and Decorative Bulletin Boards

 One of my New Years Goals for 2011 is to only have two projects going at the same time.  For me it is easier when I get stumped on the one project to go the other project until I am stumped there.

   ....Make sense?  Or is it justification?

Does ANYONE ELSE share the same point of view?
Before you see the following picture I'll warn you that it is graphic and EMBARRASSING!
So if you don't want to feel embarrassed for me then go now!
I'm a VERY straightforward person and show it like it is!

So my question for you is....
   do you have a room that always becomes the very last thing on your list?  This was mine a couple of days ago.  Still a work in progress.
My work room became this way during the holidays with bits and pieces of projects all over the place.

I knew that it would be impossible to come and work in here so I had to do something.  Don't laugh.....I went to the DI for inspiration.  I found this package of SIX bulletin boards for $3.00! They has some sort of glue on them, but I was going to cover them anyway.   I have been wanting some bulletin boards up in there to hang sketches and fabrics together so I could put things together in my mind with some new designs

This dresser was originally brown and I did it in bright turquoise with a glaze....I love how it turned out!  I painted the room orange and wanted to do turqoise and brown accessories with owls for my boys.  But then my work started taking over the house and driving ALL of us nuts!  That is how my work room came about.  So I will be decorating the room in those kid colors!
Our four boys now share a room and all they do is sleep it works.  
I took this yucky window and wanted to do a window treatment to add some flair to this room.

I ripped down the heinous, breaking aluminum and started doing a window mistreatment.
Yes you heard right.  Not treatment, mistreatment.  Because it's actually cheating
I got the idea from
She uses upholstery tacks, but nails were what I had on hand.

I started by taking some random curtains I had made a while back that were too wide, but just the right length.
Next I nailed the sides of the curtains to meet the edges of the window.  Then I found the middle and nailed that in place.
Then just add your box pleats until the fabric fits all the way across your window.

Your finished project should look something like this.  If you want to cover the nails then you could add pretty ribbon bows...OR just use upholstery tacks like thenester does.

To cover my bulletin boards I used Elmer's craft bond spray.
Make sure the surface you are using is wipeable because it really is sticky!
You will also need a glue gun and fabric scissors.

After spraying the back of the fabric I centered the bulletin board in place.
I also turned it around and pulled an smoothed the fabric so it wouldn't be too wrinkly looking.

Turn the sides in.  Don't worry if it isn't pretty because no-one will see the back when it's on the wall.

Pull the corners in so you have somewhat of a sharp corner when you are finished.

Now use your glue gun to secure any spots that won't stay.  I use low temp for the reason that I have children and the tendency to burn my self with any glue gun.  Immiediately after plugging it in my 3.5 year old decided to touch it....luckily all I had to do was wipe it off his finger real quick and he was fine.

After you have done all six boards in the package, arrange them the way you want them to look on your wall.  These are perfect here above my desk!

Excuse the bad hair day!  Using a level to make sure your first row of bulletin boards are straight, nail them in with a single nail.  I nailed mine in the center top section.

Now I have a focal paint when I come into my work room!  By making the window and desk area more beautiful I am determined to get every box in this room sorted!  I've already started!

This and......

This already look much better!
I will do a final post when it looks all put together in a couple of days!
It is Monday so I am off to deep clean my house and get some work done on my new dresses!
Stay Tuned!


  1. I never knew you were so creative and crafty!! Look at you - you can do everything!! Where have I been for the last 10 years?? Can you believe it's been that long? Yikes! I love your blog:)

  2. That is such a good idea!! i will do that to decorate our house. Thank you so much for all the cool ideas! I always read your blog for my inspiration. You are the best!

  3. Melissa- Thanks....I like to think that it can't hurt to try new things! I was also noticing on your blog how crafty you are with the nursery!! So darling! I love your little girls dresser!!

    Gigi- If you ever want me to come help you with anything let me know....I'm down the street...and I love to do this stuff!

  4. hey there,
    looking forward to following! i love redecorating and repurposing my existing things.. your workroom is great. can't wait until i have my own work space... ahhh

  5. mom2crazygirls welcome! I am excited to share my tidbits with anyone who will read them :)