Pottery Barn laid down the gaunlet. I poured gravy on it and got to work. I got foam board from the dollar store, clearanced fabric from Walmart, cork board squares from Walmart, a sheet of aluminum, and some wood trim. I took it all home and inspected my supplies.
This was when I found out that aluminum is not magnetic. My husband said I should have know that. Listen pally, my degree was not in metallurgy. And I just KNOW there's some smarty out there who will tell me that it's due to a missing electron or something in the metal... ugh. At any rate, I sent the know-it-all hubby to our local hardware store to procure the proper metal. And he did... and it was $5 cheaper than what I paid. He'll never let me live it down.
Anyhoo, the hubster cut the magnetic metal into 12"x12" squares to match the cork squares. I also cut the foam board into the same size squares and prepared for battle:
I flipped it over. This took some determination, guts, and a beefy-armed husband to accomplish. But we did it. Here's how it was looking so far:
Next, I took some wood trim (or is it considered molding? I can't remember...) and hand-cut pieces for the frame. I measured out 45 degree angles. For realsies. We need a miter saw. Anyhoo, it turned out pretty well, for a hand-cut frame. I glued the pieces to the edges and weighed them down. The lasagna pan wouldn't work here, so I stuffed some rice in a Ziploc bag. Would you believe that this worked?
Want to know how much it cost? Go on, ask me... go ahead.
I thought you'd never ask. I spent less than $30 on this. I took back the un-magnetic aluminum, so I'm not counting that in the cost for this. Pottery Barn will charge you over ten times what it cost me to make it. Wowsa. I love that you can pick your own fabric and really make it personal to your family! I haven't decided whether I should paint a little flower or design on the cork yet, just for a pop of color... for right now, I'm in crafting heaven.
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