8'x8' of Design Wall Magic!
Our generous neighbors let us borrow their truck so Mr. Pins and I could fetch two 4'x8' foam insulation boards from the big box home improvement store over the weekend, and I finally had time to make it all happen today. I was most inspired by the tutorial over at Cut to Pieces.
I snagged a package of King Size 120"x120" cheap, high loft poly batting on sale at JoAnn months ago for this project.
I got the thickest boards they had. They measure under an inch thick and were less than $14 each.
I won't try to improve on the Cut to Pieces tutorial, but here are tips from my experience:
- Folding only 3" of batting onto the back was sufficient.
- My regular desk stapler could successfully attach one layer of batting to the boards, so I didn't need a heavy duty staple gun.
- I stapled near the edge of the batting on the back and then put duct tape over the staples sealing the edge of the batting on the back of the boards like Elizabeth did over at Oh, Fransson!
- I had two rolls of duct tape in the house, and the Duck Tape brand was much better quality than the Tyco Adhesives Nashua brand. The Duck Tape tore and handled more easily.
- I experienced a math fail when determining the location for my power outlet cutout. I patched the hole in the foam with a scrap from the cutout and duct taped it to the front of my board. The duct tape shows through the batting, so I wish I'd used clear packing tape. If OCD tendencies take over, I suppose I could attach some sort of white fabric around the outlet hole to make the duct tape look less ugly.
- I used six 3M picture hanger tabs to hang the boards on our textured walls. They function like hook and loop. I'm not convinced this will be sufficient, but the wall hasn't come crashing down yet. If you're trying to avoid putting holes in your wall, you can give this a go.
- It took me four hours to do this project by myself.
I'm really happy to have a Design Wall of my very own, now. I won't have to lay everything out on the floor. Mr. Pins says he's glad I won't be talking about it all the time anymore. Ha!
I'd love to hear about your Design Wall experience :-)