Decorative Burlap Memo Board {for my office}



Hey friends!

I wanted to show you something I made for my office.

It is a large burlap memo board.


burlap memo board

I love it because it is decorative and functional.


It was super easy to make, and I got all my supplies at Lowe’s {minus the burlap.}

Supplies from Lowe’s:

Large Green Foam Board {Insulated Sheathing}

1×2 pieces of wood

Oil Rubbed Bronze Upholstery tacks


Here is what the insulated sheathing looks like…

Pactiv 1/2-in x 8-ft x 4-ft Extruded Polystyrene Insulated Sheathing

Pactiv 1/2-in x 8-ft x 4-ft Extruded Polystyrene Insulated Sheathing

It’s over near the lumbar section at Lowe’s.



FIRST, I measured the space between my office desktop and the upper cabinets and created a frame out of the 1×2 pieces of wood.


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I used wood glue and my nail gun to attach the pieces of wood together.

THEN, I laid the wooden frame on top of the green foam board and used a box cutter to cut the foam board the same size.


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I used a glue gun to attach the wood frame to the foam board.

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AFTER THAT, I laid the board on to of a large piece of burlap that I got at Hobby Lobby.


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I just pulled the burlap tightly over the frame and hot glued it to the wood.

BE CAREFUL!!  You can easily burn your fingers during this step.  {Don’t ask how I know.} Smile

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Lastly, I turned the board over and nailed the upholstery tacks evenly around the edges of the board.

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How big your board is will determine how far apart your upholstery tacks are.  You can space them out however you want.

Then I placed the board against the wall.  It was a very snug fit, but just to secure it a little more, my husband screwed the top of the frame to the upper cabinets.  {He screwed the screw down through the bottom shelf of the cabinets into the wood frame.}


I absolutely LOVE my new decorative memo board!  It adds texture and color to the walls, but it is also functional.


It’s going to really help me stay more organized.


I look forward to showing you the rest of my office transformation soon!

Stay tuned….


Check out the Lowe’s Creative Ideas site or download their app to view it on your iPad.

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Disclosure: As a blogger for Lowe’s creative team, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. All ideas and words are always my own.

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Drop Cloth Skirted Wood Desk {a creative storage solution for my office}



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(I am going to paint the walls a different color.  This is the color that was already on the walls when we bought the house two months ago. I think a lighter paint color will help the desk stand out even more!)

I love this desk/table because there is sooooo much room to work!  And I love the way the drop cloth skirt hides all my “uglies”…


I bought those storage bins at Walmart, and I am going to buy two more for the other side of my desk when I have the money.

It was so much fun organizing all of my crafty stuff!

Now just in case ya’ll go thinkin’ that I’ve got it all together, and my room is so neat and organized now, here’s what the other side of my room looks like….

See why I need more storage bins?

I am DETERMINED TO GET ORGANIZED now that the boys are back in school!!


If you missed my guest post over at Shanty2Chic, and you want to know how to make this desk yourself, here is the tutorial.

(Believe me… if I can do it, you can do it too!)


I purchase three 2x10x8’s from Lowe’s and place them on our saw horses…


Then I cut each board 82 inches long. (You could cut them as long or as short as you need them.)


Then I cut 2×4’s to make a frame smaller than the top of the table.



I used PL adhesive caulk at the end of each 2×4 before I used my nail gun to nail them together.



I also used PL adhesive caulk on the frame before I nailed it to the top of the table…


I place the three 2×10’s on top of my 2×4 frame and nailed them together.


Next, I cut some 2×4’s for the legs of the table and nailed them to the frame.  It didn’t matter if my table had ugly legs because I knew I would be covering them with a skirt.

I made my table 30 inches high.


Then I used a clean cloth to wipe on the stain…

It is called Provencial from Minwax.


For the skirt, I cut strips from some drop cloths 31 inches long…


I LOVE drop cloths!  I especially love that they are already hemmed on one side, so I didn’t even have to break out my sewing machine for this project!

Next, I stapled the drop cloth to a 1×2 board that was cut 82 inches long (the length of the front of the table.)  I gathered the material every couple of inches to create my skirt.


Then I attached the skirt to the table by screwing the 1×2 into the table top. (I used 2 inch wood screws.)

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Then the material lays nicely between the 1×2 and the table top!


I did the same thing to the sides of the table too!

This skirt is perfect for hiding my craft supplies in my office.


I grabbed some accessories from around my  house to decorate it for now.  Of course, I may change it around a bit still.

But for now, I am really going to enjoy this roomy desk!


If you have any questions about my desk, just let me know! :)












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Third time’s a charm!


Oops. I did it again!

I made another window treatment for my office.


If you are keeping count, which I am trying not to, that’s window treatment #3 in just a couple of months.

Yes. I am bordering on completely insane.

But I am very pleased with the results, and I am announcing here in front of everyone, “I will not make another window treatment for this office for at least a year. I promise.”

My office is the smallest room in my house, yet it has given me the biggest headache!

I just couldn’t get the look I was after, but I am as close as I am gonna get.

I. am. done.

Here’s where my office began…shortly after Christmas…



It took a couple of weeks to “decrapify” (as TDC says) my office.

Then I made this Roman Shade using my faux wood blinds, and I got this…


Double Yikes! Not liking it at all. Especially with my yellow walls that I hadn’t painted yet.

So I painted the walls my favorite color, Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams and made another window treatment (#2).

Tutorial HERE.


Better, but I wasn’t liking the ribbons. Don’t know why. They just weren’t jivin’ with me. Too cutesy? Too girly?

I was trying to accessorize the rest of the office, but I could not get pass the window treatments. They were just plain buggin’ me.

So I used a similar procedure and made one more window treatment with some black material from Hobby Lobby. (#3)


Phew! This is more what I was after!

I am still playing with the accessories. I need a lamp shade, but not sure what style to get. The lamp was my mom’s. It was a cream color and I spray painted it white.

I think I like the “blessings” sign over the window. Is it too much? Do you think it would look better without it? Be honest. I am a big girl….I can take it. :)

I have to use a flash when taking pictures of my office because without it, it looks like this…


Does anyone know if there is a setting on a camera that reduces the glare of a window without using the flash?

Anyway, I have finally finished accessorizing my shelves. I am not moving another thing! Did I say I am done with this room? Done.

All of my accessories are things I had around the house.

I have had the two flower prints for a few years. My mom printed them off the internet for me, and I put them in black frames. Instant artwork.


I couldn’t find anything to put on the first shelf. So I stuck these empty frames up there, and I kind of liked it.

Then I kept layering them with the little tile that I made a couple of months ago, and a little stick ball thingy that was Mom’s.


I LOVE my burlap covered books. I knew I was going to use them in my office. They were so easy to make. You can read about them HERE.

The little bird was my mom’s. Love it.


More of my burlap books, mom’s little white vase, and her red “blessings” tin…


I hung my burlap board on this wall. You can learn how to make one yourself by watching my first video tutorial. (Or buy one from my Etsy shop.)

I got the white basket from Goodwill last summer. It was $1.50 and an ugly green color. I spray painted it white. Easy.


The plate holder on the wall was my mom’s. I put a white plate in it for now. I am going to get a smaller white plate with maybe a monogram?


I love the little horse and carriage silhouette I found at Goodwill for 50 cents. I just fell in love with it. I am contemplating painting the frame black, what do you think? (Yes, it’s hung with a push pin right now…see it?)


Two last things I want to do in here:

1) Cute little chandelier.

2) A chair I can re-do. I would love to find an old ugly dining room chair at Goodwill and turn it into this….

of course in white…


Well, that’s it. I’m D-O-N-E.

Is there a room in your house that has given you decorating nightmares too?

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Office Window Do-Over


A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make a No Sew Roman Shade for my office.

I saw the project in blogland , and immediately decided to try it. Like…that night.

I used what supplies I already had and made this…


You can read about that project HERE.

I had intended to paint my office first, before making a shade, but I was just too impatient.

I liked the shade, (sort of), but not with my yellow walls.

So I finally painted the walls my favorite color, Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams.

I forgot to take a picture of the roman shade with my new paint color, but let’s just say, I wasn’t diggin’ it.

The cream-colored shade just didn’t go with the Khaki Shade paint like I hoped it would.

So I got rid of the shade and decided to start over.

I decided to make another shade. Here it is…


My husband got me the “blessings” sign for Christmas. It is a very sentimental word for me because it is the word my mom said over and over when she was sick. She always taught us to count our blessings no matter what our circumstances.

The sign was very big as you can see, and I was having a hard time finding a place for it in my house. But then I held it over my window, and I loved it. If may not be for everyone, but for me, I love seeing that reminder each time I walk into my office.

Here is how I made this curtain…it was sooo easy!

I measured the height and width of the inside of my window frame and then added 1 inch to each measurement. That allows for a 1/2 inch seam on each side as you sew.

I did not use a pattern for this window. I usually use them when making window treatments, but I figured I could do this without one.

I bought some cotton fabric from Hobby Lobby. I got it on sale for about $2.00 a yard. I picked up three yards which cost me a little over $6.00.

Since the material wasn’t very thick, I decided to line the shade with the same cotton material.

I laid the material on my bedroom floor two layers thick.

IMG_5486Then I measured across the material with the width of my window and marked it with a pencil.IMG_5488

My window measured 39 1/2 inches wide, so I marked my material 40 1/2 inches.


Then I drew a line down my material by connecting all of my marks. (I used a yard stick to draw the line.)


Then I cut my material down the line and pinned it together to keep it straight.IMG_5492

I did the same thing down the material to get the length of my shade.

IMG_5494 The height of my window measured 37 inches. I added an inch to allow for my 1/2 inch seam allowances which made it 38 inches. Then I added 3 more inches to the total to allow room for the rod pocket. So my total for the length of my shade was 41 inches.

I marked it with my pencil and drew a line all the way across.


Then I cut the material and pinned it all the way around.


Next, I sewed a 1/2 inch seam all the way around the material, except for about 4 inches on the top.


I left the four inches open to pull the material through.


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Press open your seams. This is an important step.


Then I turned my material inside out and pressed on the edges of the shade.


I turned down about 1 1/2 inches of material on top to make a rod pocket.


Then I sewed a straight stitch down the edge of the rod pocket.


The only other materials I needed were some black ribbon and a tension rod.

I got them at Walmart. The tension rod was $5.00 and the ribbon was $1.99.

So the total cost of this shade was a little over $13.00…not bad!


I took a long piece of ribbon and slid it over the tension rod and down the back of the shade.


(Yes, there is paint on my window that I haven’t scrapped off yet. But who will see it…really?)

Mmmm….I guess all of YOU will see it…oops!


Then I folded the shade up accordion style and tied a bow.


I also used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbons to the front of the shade. It just helped them stay in place.


I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


It’s not perfect. But like The Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”


Doesn’t the tan paint look so much better than the yellow?

My husband made me this amazing desk. I love it. If anyone is interested in how he did it, let me know. I might post about it sometime.


Here is the HORRIBLE “before” from a few weeks ago…

Oooh, this is so hard to look at!


Then it went to this…


And now I am here…


I’m getting there…

Now I need to accessorize, find a cute little rug, a new office chair, and maybe a chandelier? Wouldn’t that be cute?

I’ll be sharing the progress on my office throughout the week.

I haven’t joined any linky parties in a few weeks, so I am so excited to be joining (a little late)…

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