Over the weekend I was working on a new inspiration board for my office. I just finished the thing today and wanted to share. This is not the first time I have made one of these for the office (sadly enough) but a new color scheme requires a new fabric for the inspiration board. My last board was made out of an old cork board from my husband’s work. It was too flimsy and we ended up having to back it with plywood. This time I ditched the cork board and went straight for the plywood. I was able to re-use the batting material and I re-purposed some old nail-heads from a previous project.
The motivation to build the new board came from a shopping trip to Target and the discovery of a fabulous paisley shower curtain. The curtain is navy and white with a few subtle dark blue tones throughout. I had to have it but I don’t have any navy in my house and justifying a new color scheme to my husband is my least favorite discussion. I was thinking about navy for the office since the walls are a neutral gray and my color options were open. This fabric was my jumping off point and shower curtains provide so much fabric for such little money. I went for it! The shower curtain was mine. I have had the thing for months so it was time to get going.
I wanted my inspiration board to be large as I have lots of inspiration to display. So I began with a 36″x48″ sheet of plywood from Home Depot. I laid out the shower curtain and cut it to size using my pinking sheers. I cut the fabric 3-4 inches larger than my plywood all the way around.
I then flipped the fabric over, pattern side down and layered the batting on top. I used two layers of batting since that is what I had lying around the first time I made an inspiration board. If you wanted to use one layer of thicker batting I’m sure that’s fine too.
I laid the plywood over the batting and fabric making sure I had enough fabric and batting to stretch over the sides and onto the back.
I used a staple gun to place a single staple in the center of each of the four sides. This step helps keep the fabric in place while you work. The next step is to begin at one side placing staples every 2-3 inches working out from your original center staple. I leave the corners loose as I will come back to them when I am finished.
After I have finished stapling all the edges down, I go back and do the corners. I fold the fabric into a rough double pleat and staple it down. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just want it to lay down flat enough that it’s not too bunchy.
The main part of the board is now done and you can flip it over and admire your handy work. I decided to make things easier on myself and not attached my ribbon diagonally as I had done before. I measured and marked evenly spaced lines with a piece of chalk across the tops and sides of the board. Antique white grosgrain ribbon from Walmart was cut to size and then stapled to the back of the board.