Monday, September 10, 2012

PB Knock Off Rustic Wall Organizer

I have finally finished my memo board!  I have been working on this thing for three weeks!  And that’s only on the transfer part!  It took Hunter all of 30 minutes to make the thing!
He took some 1X4’s and stripped them down to make the frame.  The slots on each side were cut at an angle using a router.  For the back, he used a piece of 1/4” plywood.  For the insert, I used a canvas board.  I didn’t have any batting so I used a couple of old towels for padding.  I made the cover approximately 12 times.  Yes, you read that right! Twelve times!  I used burlap, canvas, linen and burlap again!  I had the hardest time getting the transfer to work!  You would have thought that I would have more pictures of the process that I was too stressed to think about pictures! 
The top 2 graphics are from The Graphics Fairy.  The third one I did by hand!  This had been one of the most stressful projects I have ever done!  I even dreamed about the thing at night!  I used the freezer paper method for the transfers.  To me, it is harder to transfer on the burlap but I really wanted to use this fabric and towards the end I had to use it because that’s all I had left!
I did use the Sharpie pen to fill in the graphic a little more, not always having a steady hand though.
I decided on the last go around to use this Paris address thinking it would transfer easier but I was wrong!  I had to write almost the whole thing in!  I was determined that I was not going to do this a third time!
I took the easy way out on the pocket.  After all the stress of the transfers, I probably would have had a nervous breakdown if I had tried to use the sewing machine!
So, out came the iron and the glue gun!  I press down the seams using a damp cloth and the iron.  After I had everything the way I wanted it, I hot glued the seams together.
Here’s my inspiration, the Pottery Barn Rustic Wall Organizer.

Mine is a little smaller at 30 inches tall.  The PB board is 48 inches.
So my latest project in the office is done.  Yes, I thought about doing it again because I’m not quite satisfied but there is NO way I’m going to attempt it now.  Maybe after having more success at transferring (if I ever do!).

To see more of the office/craft room, click on the post below:

Office/Craft Room, Part 1
Office/Craft Room, Part 2
Vintage Metal Locker Bins
Printer Trays
Organizational Wall for Office
DIY Dry Erase Calendar

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  1. It looks awesome! I have a hard time transferring on to burlap too - tried three times last week and then finally gave up.

  2. Oh, I LOVE this!! It turned out amazing!! (almost exactly like the 'real deal'!) Great job :)

  3. oh my gosh, that is awesome, and super spot on for the original! amazing!

  4. Tammy, I think your memo board turned out great! Whatever imperfections you notice are not obvious to me. I think the beauty of using that kind of transfer is that it is meant to look old, so any flaws only add to it's charm. Aren't glue guns awesome? ----------- Shannon

  5. I love your memo board. It looks wonderful, even if it wasn't easy to create. You had a great vision and it turned out beautifully.

  6. I'm not happy about your misfortunes, but I have to say I feel in good company. I often have such setbacks and even dream about it after all the effort. Thanks for sticking with it so we know it CAN be done. Since you don't think this was the way to go, I may have to rethink the burlap painting, but I like your graphics. I've been looking for a squiggly line postmark and had been thinking this morning that I should just make my own. I guess I was on the right track. Good work. It's very cool!

  7. How cute!!!
    You did a great job, Tammy!


  8. You did a fantastic job. I think it is beautiful.


  9. I think it looks amazing...thanks for the step by step!

  10. That really looks great. I love the look. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  11. Wow, wie cool ist das denn ;-))))

    Liebe Grüße aus Germany,

  12. I am TOTALLY making this! I have had my eye on the Pottery Barn one for a long time!

    Thank you SO much for inspiring me today!


  13. Great job!!! Found you on the Blog-working hop. :)

  14. That turned out great Tammy! And how gorgeous is your home. Love, love all the mature trees.

  15. wow, this looks fab!
    I'm definitely feeling inspired to get crafty ^__^

    I found your blog via the Blogworking Wednesday Blog Hop!
    I'm looking forward to reading more,

    Heather xx

    ~+ The Glambulance +~

  16. You did a great job! I love a good PB knockoff! I'd like to invite you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at I think it'd make a great addition!

  17. Wow! You did a great job of reproducing the PB one. Actually, I like yours better. LOL I understand the "challenges" of crafting. I'm glad you stayed with the project, because it turned out great. Thanks for visiting and I'm now following you.

  18. You did an amazing job! It looks just as good if not better than PB.


  19. Luv it!! That is a grand Idea :-)
    I just clicked on to follow your blog. I like!
    Cheers, Gee

  20. Wow! I think it looks awesome. Better than the PB one, in my opinion. I love your blog and I'm your newest follower!

  21. That is super cute. I hadn't seen the original at Pottery Barn before, but I think yours looks better. I always have burlap problems - I think it's the larger weave of the fabric or something!

  22. Tammy, you are right, transferring onto the burlap is a pain! I have ruined many a piece of burlap... Your memo board turned out GREAT!

  23. Well Tammy, that just turned out perfect! It is such a great looking message board. I love it. Thank you for sharing this with us at TTF this week!

  24. It's party time at Debt Free Mommy Blog and we'd love to see you there! Please come join us and link up to Making Space Mondays. We'd love to see any post(s) about making your spaces better. Thanks, Tabitha

  25. Tammy,
    Love your organizer! Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see it featured! If you like, grab a "House Featured" button.
    Thanks for linking up! Hope you can join in this week too.

  26. That is so cute!! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  27. This has got to be one of the neatest things I've seen on a blog/Pinterest in a long, long time. It turned out beautifully.


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~