Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Question for You: Inspiration Board


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OK, I went to get started on the project inspired by the post below, but I hit a snag early on. First of all, I need a bigger inspiration board. I’d like to cover it in fabric and perhaps use upholstery nails around the edges. Or maybe fill some huge frame with cork somehow? Has anyone seen any good D.I.Y. directions for a project like this? What do you use for the middle? A large canvas maybe? I was thinking maybe acoustic ceiling tiles but they aren’t really big enough. The big one at Ballard Designs (53″x80″) is tempting, but it’s $499!

(From flickr member Art Thrift Craft.)

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  1. naniprints says:

    December 30th, 2009 at 1:13 pm (#)

    You can get foam core board in 3/16 or 5/8 inch thickness in sheets as big as 4 x 8 feet. That size is wide enough that you’d need extra wide fabric. Natural color muslin for quilt backing comes that wide, available at quilt fabric stores. Framing supply places like Larsen Juhl and large art supply stores like Daniel Smith would carry the foam core.

    You could easily wrap the board by taping one side to the back and stretching the opposite side tight. Then miter-fold the corners before stretching the other two sides. The look would be very similar to the board in the photo. This style of inspiration board would be good for use with pushpins or T pins.

    Good luck, sounds like a fun project! ~Nani

  2. upcycledhome says:

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:56 pm (#)

    I have a giant inspiration board in my office. To make it, I used two large cork bulletin boards that I found at The Container Store (each is 36×48 and I think they were about $30 apiece). I used small flat hardware straps to attch them togetherhorizontally, and then mounted on the wall. The finished board is 48×72–huge! At this point they are still the natural brown cork and wood frame color, because I like the contrast with the color of the wall where I hung them. But I have painted cork boards, as well as wrapped in fabric (stapled on the back) and used nailheads to customize other boards in my house.( I have also created magnetic boards on the cheap. I am thinking related blog post on my site is in short-order…)
    Good luck on your project!

  3. Becky says:

    December 31st, 2009 at 8:22 am (#)

    Oh you guys are awesome! I don’t know how I could have forgotten foam core, as I nearly lost all of my finger to exactoknives cutting it in grad school and oh, THE CONTAINER STORE! I love having an excuse to hit that place.

    I decided to tackle the two upstairs bedrooms while I waited for advice. Unfortunately, these involve three stuffed to the gills attic storage spaces and while I know the situation is getting better, it’s made a complete mess of my entire house with piles for the Salvation Army, furniture that needs a fresh coat of paint, dust bunnies, etc. etc.!

    Now I’m excited to get going on this. Thank you both so much!

  4. Karen says:

    December 31st, 2009 at 8:38 am (#)

    Martha Stewart has instructions on her website that suggest using Homasote fiberboard instead of foam core board:

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