Happy New Year!
Updating The Redhead’s room has been a series of baby steps. The major players are in and in use, but the details are coming slowly. And as busy as these days are lately, that’s about all I can manage :)
The Redhead is my artistic child and is always creating. *Always*. And I’ve learned firsthand that she is positively WOUNDED if/when any one of those creations somehow finds its way into the circular file.
So, she has her own accordion file system for all her priceless works. And while I love to display kid artwork, I needed to stop her from taping things up on the walls all over the house.
I had an expanse of wall space in a corner of her room, which seemed the perfect place for a giant magnet board she could fill to her heart’s content.
I started with an old standby: a large, open-back frame from the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. It never fails, people. It’s a treasure chest of cheap (formerly pricey) frames. A little bit of paint and it’s perfect.
I measured the inside, and in the interest of being
cheap frugal, I looked through our
scrap pile to see if we had anything already on-hand that could be cut to fit.
I found a winner with a leftover piece of pegboard!
We cut it to fit, then layered on these two sheets of galvanized sheet metal (yeah, I dinged that one up getting it into my car, but it’s going to be covered in fabric so no big deal). The sheets were around $9 each at Home Depot.
I used liquid nails and just adhered them right to the pegboard and let it dry overnight for good measure. The metal didn’t 100% cover the board, but that was all right with me: The Redhead can’t reach the top, and since I wasn’t planning on investing a whole lot into this project from the get-go, I wasn’t about to take on shearing metal and trying to make it fit, all without slicing off a finger or two.
Nope, this will do just fine. :)
Once it was dry, I just wrapped the entire thing in this cool greek key/geometric print (make sure your lines are straight and you pull your fabric tight!). I just secured the fabric with hot glue on the back (the back is a hot mess but who’s going to see? :) )
Because of the weight, I used heavy-duty hangers on each side – no hanging wire here.
She has loved having it in her room!
I made the glittery magnets using a roll of magnet tape that I just stuck glitter tape to and then trimmed (with regular scissors). The magnets add the perfect amount of “bling” to the board without being obnoxious, and the board itself provides a ton of space for masterpieces :)