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Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

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Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

My Dining Room Turned Craft Room/Office and show off YOUR space!

24 Mar

 The most emailed questions that I get are about my Dining Room that we turned into my Office/Craft Room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house and definitely the room I spend the most time in. So I thought I’d write a little post about what we did!

Before it was a plain dining room. It’s a great shape — kind of square and has a pretty detailed ceiling with lots of molding. The problem was that we are very casual people and only used the room maybe 2 times a year. And it’s such premium space in our home. The light is great and instead of making an office in the basement, I thought it would be a great place for my office/craft room. Plus, it’s right next to the kitchen, so I can work on dinner while working on a project.


I knew I didn’t want it to be on full display like it was as a dining room. But I also didn’t want to close up that space completely, because the light flows from the front of the house to the back through that space and also, if we ever sold the house, maybe someone would want a formal dining room.

So we decided to drywall in the arch and install some wide french doors. I love the way it turned out. The only problem is that you can still pretty much see through the doors in to my mess. And let’s face it — that room is always a mess with all of the projects I have going on LOL! So I am in the process of putting Silhouette frosted vinyl on the panes. That way the light can still come in but you can’t see through as well.

I have had a lot of questions about the furniture for this room. The desk is from PB Teen.  It’s the Mega desk.

We used a tax refund to pay for it one year. And, yes, it is expensive, but I think totally worth the money because of the quality and the piece is a great size! I love that I can be working on a project and have my kids in there with me doing their homework. And if we have a big poster or something like that to work on, it totally fits on that desktop.

Another idea — I bet you could make this table with 4 file cabinets and 2 doors cut down a little. I’d love to see if anyone tries this!!! 

The top is wood and was getting pretty banged up, so I had a glass installer make a piece of glass to fit over the top. And I love the way it looks. It protects the top and it’s easy to clean too.

The tall and short cabinets are all from Ikea. Totally affordable. I love the white, clean look and the scrolly design.

The paint color is Behr Sparkling Apple. A very happy green!

If you would like to share your office/craft space, I’d love for people to see it. I’ve made a linky where you can add your space and show it off!! 
I will do an Creative Space Feature on Wednesday the 30th!!
Have a wonderful day!!! 
xoxo



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Creative Fridays: Before and After Party

9 Jan

So Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting a Before and After Projects Party. She has done the most amazing projects! I also love decorating projects.

Unfortunately I wasn’t doing this blog for more than half of 2008 so I don’t have many before pictures of some of my smaller projects, but we did do some big projects in 2008. So here are some of the things we did: 1. We turned my formal dining room into my office/craft room.

It’s funny, we only used the dining room once or twice a year. We also had part of the open arch enclosed between the living room and dining room and had french doors put on so the office could be closed off. Now that it’s my office/craft room it gets used EVERY day. It’s probably the most used room in the house. Maybe even more used than the kitchen 🙂

{Dining Room Before}
{Dining Room after (now Craft Room/Office)}

2. We painted the family room. (It took many cans of paint to decide on just the right shade.)

{Family Room Before}


{family room after}

3. When we moved in the girls’ bathroom was covered in fish! I scraped all of the wallpaper off, painted and then we had these frames made to hide the ugly stock mirrors.

{Girls’ Bathroom Before}
{Girls’ Bathroom After}

4. We also had a frame made to go on my son’s bathroom.

{Son’s Bathroom Before}
{Son’s Bathroom After}

5. We had white countertops in our Master Bathroom that always looked dirty. We put granite countertops in and had frames made to cover the mirrors.

{Master Bathroom Before} {Master Bathroom After}

5. Everything in our house was white and boring, so I painted the Living Room and recarpeted.

{Living Room Before} {Living Room After}

I hope to get many more projects done in 2009. Thanks for stopping by for my Top 5 Projects in 2008. Go on over to Rhoda’s site and see the hundreds of before and after projects that industrious bloggers did in 2008 — it is very inspiring! I had a Valentine’s project that I was going to blog about today, but I will save it for tomorrow.

Have a delightful day! –Jen

Me, organized??

1 Dec

Well, we got our new carpet — yeah! It was a hectic week last week. It basically consisted of me painting my office before the carpeting came, and also going through and cleaning out all of our closets; then moving all of our furniture from one end of the house to the other over the course of two days. And then the following day my sister and her family came from Idaho for Thanksgiving. We had a great time.

After moving everything out of my office I decided that maybe it’s time that I try to get my office organized. Over the weekend we went to IKEA and found some shelves. They look great. Then I came across this picture from Country Living.

Also, there are instructions on Country Living’s site that tell you how to make this.

I really like the idea of using pegboard in my office. It would be a way to get things organized, but I can still see where my tools are and have them within reach.


Here are the bookshelves that I put in my office. I put doors on the bottom.

Here are some more pegboard ideas:


This system is available to purchase from MarthaStewart.


This is a project at DIY.com.




This is istamp’s craft room.


This is an idea from vintageflair.typepad.com.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will post some pictures of my craft room and pictures of our fun Thanksgiving tomorrow. Have a great night!