wanted needed a dry erase board to help keep track of my quilting projects for a while now. Of course I didn't want any ole boring, plain dry erase board. I wanted a great fabric covered one.
During a few trips to the local craft and big box stores I scouted out the basic boards available to check out sizes, prices as well as construction so that I could figure out what would work for me and how I would make it more Me.
Once I got home, I hunted the web for ideas. There are tons out there. But the one that caught my attention the most was the one that made use of something I already had here at home.....an old picture. Repurposing something older and not being used any more is my kind of crafty endeavor.
I started with this picture. It is an old Home Interiors print from many, many years ago that I don't love. My style of decorating has changed so drastically in the past 5-10 years and this just doesn't fit in any more. But now I'm really glad that I held onto it because it is perfect for this project.
One thing I can say about these types of prints is that they are a bit better constructed than the cheapos available most places these days. The back wasn't attached with those flimsy tabs that break off too easily, it was attached with screws.
This is what it looked like deconstructed. A very heavy back board, the frame which although is plastic it is thicker and beefier than most, the glass and the print board itself, again a bit thicker than usual.
I thought I wanted to use this fabric for the new look but when I tested it under the glass with some writing on it, it seemed a bit too busy and the writing didn't show up so well.
I auditioned a bunch of other options too.
Once I chose the winning fabric, I put a couple of coats of Calico Red craft paint over the frame to cover the brown. I was really tempted to use a different color, that I didn't have in house, but since I was determined to not spend any money on this project, I went with what I had on hand.
I cut the chosen fabric 2 inches bigger on each measurement to allow for wrapping to the back side and tested the fit.
This next bit was done inside the garage, with the door open, as the glue I used produces fumes I didn't want inside and is flammable, so no doing this in the basement near the furnace.
I sprayed a mid-heavy coating over the entire back of the print.
Quickly flipped it over and smoothed out the wrinkles and bumps.
The excess was wrapped to the old print/new back side and glued down the same way. Since the edges and corners would be inside the frame and not visible, it wasn't necessary to make them all pretty and perfect.
One more flip back to the front to check for any further adjustments necessary and this was ready to let dry.
Once the glue had fully set and dried, all I had to do was reassemble the entire piece. As you can see in the close up of the corner, I chose the red paint to bring out the red in the small print of the fabric.
Here it is all completed. It is now hanging right above the light switch in my studio, in the narrow area between the door frame and the closet frame. This size fit there perfectly.
Now here comes my big question. I'm not sure about the paint color. I am second and third guessing this. I considered using the blue in the print but I didn't have any paint that color/shade. I also considered white and now that is the color that I'm wondering if I should change it to. For some reason the red isn't singing to me.
So here is where I need your help. Please! What would you do?
1) Leave it as is
2) Repaint it white
The room itself is still the plain white builders flat paint but it will be getting painted after Christmas, once all the craziness of the holidays are over. I've picked out a really pale yellow/cream shade to give it just the barest of color, keep it cheery and not interfere with what I see when I am looking at fabrics.
I'd really appreciate your input here. Hearing what you see when you look at it will help immensly. Thanks bunches!