Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pottery Barn Knock Off

This weeks theme on The CSI Project is Pottery Barn. I have been wanting to make this since I first saw it in the catalog but couldn't get my butt in gear.

That's what I love most about the CSI makes me get moving.

Here is my version. Pottery Barn calls them their Style Tiles. Each tile costs $35...crazy to me. So For my own board I went out and got a few things that I didn't have laying around and made the same thing just much less expensive.

Foam Board...I picked this up at my local Dollar Tree. I used $5.00 worth.

Cork...pack of 4 for $5.00

2 Dry Erase boards...$7.00 each

I used this Spray Adhesive to stick the fabric on the boards.
I already had this laying around.

My dry erase boards were thicker than the cork so I cut down the foam board to size and stuck them together.

I left 2 of the corks as is and then covered the other 2 with fabric.

Just cut it a few inches bigger than your cork tile and wrap it around back..the spray adhesive worked great for this.

I decided on 2 cork tiles, 2 dry erase tiles, 2 chalkboard tiles and 3 fabric tiles. For the chalkboard ones I used chalk cloth I picked up at Joann's a while ago...worked perfectly!

Lay out your tiles until you find an arrangement that you like.

If you want to waste a lot of time add stickies to the backs of all tiles and stick them up one at a time on the wall...then hate it and tear them down. :)

The smart thing to do is go get a piece of thin sheet board and hot glue your tiles onto that. The one I got was on sale for $10.00. It was a 4x8 I think so was able to get 2 full boards and some extra pieces. My cousin will be using the other board to make herself one. So less than $5.00 for backing.

I forgot to take a picture of me cutting the frame and making it but all I did was get some door framing, cut it to size and used some flat corner supports to put it all together.

I then hot glued the frame onto the edge of the tiles and it's done!

What do you think?

I really love it.
I still need to add some wall hanger things on the back and get it put up in the dining room.

We will be using ours for school things. I figure we can hang tests, pictures, schedules all over it and have an organized school year finally.

So for around $30.00 and stuff I had on hand I made something that if had gotten it made just how you like it at Pottery Barn would have cost you an arm and a leg. Seriously! (I watched a ton of Grey's Anatomy while my family was away)



Liz said...

What a great, crafty idea! I love that board!

I hope you'll come participate in my link party today! It runs all week so come back and add more BOY projects! All About The Boy @ The Nifty Nest!


Sarah said...

Seriously love this! I need to make one of these for above my desk! Found you today at NFF at Trendy Treehouse.


Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I'm with you. I love Pottery Barn but not the prices. Good job making your bulletin board. I think it turned out great.

Nikki said...

Great project and great colors!

scrapcraft said...

This is awesome! I totally wanted one of those but I was definitely not paying the PB price. Thanks

Johnnie said...

Great jog, Becky. I like yours better than the pottery barn version. I will have to try this. Thanks.

Saved By Love Creations said...

Love this! My daughter has been wanting one of these. I'm going to send her your link and see what she thinks!! Great job!

leelea said...

Love this!!! I have wanted one too for a while!! Now I have no excuse!!! THanks!

Tiff said...

I love this!Now I want to make one for each of the kids. It will be a fun project for each of them. Thanks for posting this!

Life Is A Lark said...

Love this! I have been wanting to get the Pottery Barn version for a while now and couldn't justify spending so much on a memo/message board for my daughter. Thanks!

littlethings1 said...

Found your blog via the Creative Girl Blog Party !! What an adorable project ! You did a fabulous job with your "tiles" , I would agree $35.00 for each tile is a little crazy !
Have a wonderful weekend !
The Little Things

Kimberlee said...

Love your PB Knock-off. Much nicer in my opinion!

DIY Trials and Triumphs said...

I love all your knock offs! So many great ideas to try, Thanks for sharing

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