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How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. For my new office space, I wanted an opportunity to have an ever evolving and changing collection of images, allowing me to curate, add, and reorganize as necessary. So, immediately I thought "corkboard!" and upon checking out the prices at the office supply store, immediately I thought "DIY!" (Seriously, $45 bucks for a bulletin board?!)

So, I did a little research, and came up with a solution that allowed me to create attractive and HUGE pushpin-able surfaces for under $5.00 each, allowing me to cover all of my walls for less than $20.00.   The magic words?!

Homasote.

This product is made of compressed newspaper bound with cellulose...so it's basically a giant piece of paper mache. It's mostly used for sound reduction in building projects, and so comes in 4 x 8' sheets like plywood or MDF. You won't likely find it at Lowe's or Home Depot, but any independent lumberyard should carry it. If you can't find any locally, call a hobby shop. It's popular with that crowd as they use it for model building, gaming, etc. It accepts push pins super well, and I got a whole sheet for $13.89.

Other materials used:

  • Yardstick or long straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Fabric and scissors
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Drill with driver bit
  • Drywall screws and anchors
  • Finish washers 

I also added a hand-printed design to mine, which I created using acetate sheets, acrylic ink, and sponge brushes.

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1. Measure your homasote sheet to it's finished dimension and mark the size with a heavy marker.

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2. Using the straight edge as your guide, make several shallow passes with the utility knife, until you've cut through.

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3. Cut your fabric to size, adding 2-3 inches to your inspiration board size on all sides. Wrap the fabric around the homasote and begin stapling it down, starting in the center, then moving towards the corners, mitering the fabric. (See this how-to for more direction.)

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4. For fun, I added a little handprinted design. On this one, I just drew some mountain shapes on a piece of acetate (an overhead transparency), and cut them out with a craft knife. Then, I just dabbed the ink on with a spouncing brush. I did a row of circles on another board, and some abstract orbs on a third.

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5. To hang, mark a dot in each corner. Cut a little X with a craft knife, to prevent the fabric from twisting in the drill bit. Then, drill a pilot hole through the fabric, homasote, and into the wall. Take the board down and insert and anchor, then place a finish washer on the screw, and drive into the anchor. Then, repeat!

The fabric cost $5.87, and with the sheet of homasote at 13.89, I was able to create four of these guys, some quite large, for until $20.00

Not bad for a few hours work.

*Note: As you work with homasote, you may find yourself unable to stop inserting it into this unbelievably awesome tune from Paul Simon, subbing it from "kodachrome" in the chorus, as in, "Mama, don't take my homasote away."

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a Room & Board Kelvin Lamp ($396 value!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's a Curbly Giveaway!

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Minneapolis-based Room & Board is one of my favorite home-decor and furniture retailers (I'm sitting on one of their couches right now!). This week, I'm thrilled to be partnering with them to give away a beautiful Kelvin LED Table Lamp (retail value: $396). Read on to see how to enter.

The Kelvin LED Lamp from Room & Board

The Kelvin LED Lamp from Room & Board

 

About the prize:

The Kelvin LED lamp is made of high-grade aluminum and comes in black, anthracite or white...

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Getting Organized: Home Office Inspiration & How-Tos

by DIY Maven

Getting Organized: Home Office Inspiration & How-Tos

When I accepted this roundup assignment of creative & cool filing and organization systems for the home office, I decided to concentrate on DIYable projects only, because, after all, we are DIYers. So I scoured the internets looking for clever, attractive and do-able ideas & how-tos that will not only add a bit of style to our home offices but will get them organized too. So, let's start, shall we?

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How to Make a DIY Adjustable Drafting Table from Any Desktop

by Chris Gardner

How to Make a DIY Adjustable Drafting Table from Any Desktop

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part V: The DIY Drafting Table Having figure out adequate storage solutions, a media workstation, and an all-purpose desk for general work, the last major furniture solution loomed: I needed a large work surface for art and craft projects: sewing, fabric-cutting, drawing, papercrafts, design and layout, etc. It'd have been awesome to have a dedicated cutting table and an drafting table, but I wouldn't have the room. A large drafting table would work, but they're often very large, and the support trestles can take up a lot of space, and I didn't have any to spare.

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5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

by Jill W

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!  

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How to Create a Functional Office in the Kitchen

by DIY Maven

Kitchen Project - The Kitchen Office - Item #0806 - Season 20

Now that we have some kitchen office inspiration, it's time to consider how we would go about actually creating a functional office in the kitchen.

Designer Geno Benvenuti suggests creating a visual boundary such as half walls (like Norm's in the pic above) or columns between the kitchen office and the kitchen itself as they will promote productivity.  Here's a few of Geno's other tips to create a successful workspace:

  • Add enough power for...

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Desk-A-Day: Vitra's Citizen Office

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

Desk-A-Day: Vitra's Citizen Office
You know and love Vitra for its designer furniture and Girard Dolls; here's their take on the modern office. They call it the 'Citizen Office', a concept that encourages occupants to work using a range of postures and to move within the office as much as possible. In the Citizen Office, employees decide the appropriate work style, posture and place to suit each activity. 

 

The ID High is 32 cm higher than a standard office swivel chair and thus corresponds to the standard height of standing tables.

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