Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Quilted Message Board

First, I just want to say sorry that a little of my bad mood yesterday spilled over onto my blog post.   I should have known it was going to be a rough day when I had hair dye [that stains] splattering all over my bathroom at 8 o'clock in the morning and then I wasted 45 minutes looking for this fuzzy little guy's "backpack" to return to my daughter's preschool (to no avail).  I felt like such a bad mom because I couldn't keep track of the two (2-piece) outfits, the backpack and the journal that accompanied him home with my daughter on Monday.   We still haven't found the backpack...


Anyways, sorry to vent, but I did complete a project this morning.  Horray!


I've been working on decorating my daughter's new room.  My dad was so sweet and offered to do the painting in there (thanks Dad!) last week.   After a couple coats of "Peach Kiss" by Benjamin Moore, I was ready to tackle this quilted message board project.

I found the frame at our local thrift store for $10.  Although it had a dark brown stain with some gold trim, I thought it had great bones [and I especially liked the detail of the fabric trim on the frame].  So I covered up the fabric with a little painter's tape and quickly gave the frame a few coats of off-white spray paint.


Yesterday I lightly sanded the edges, allowing the brown and gold to show through.  That added just the right amount of detail to break up all of that white paint.  I think it also highlights the great molding too.

For the quilted center, I hunted all over town for a white mattelasse sham that I thought would be a creative & cheap way to get the center part.  Unfortunately I only found one or two that were reasonably priced, but I wasn't in love with the quilting design on them.  After comparing the price that my quilter charges per square inch, I realized that I could have her quilt a custom design on some fabric for the same price as one of the ugly shams would cost.  A few days later I had this quilted panel: 


To complete the project I needed a few yards of this satin ribbon and some decorative pins [plus a lot of jimmy-riggin' to get the quilted center to stay put.  Put this down for another thing I am not - a custom framer-putter-together-person.]


And that's it - my quilted message board on the cheap.


One project down.  Fifty-five more to go. 

Have a great day! 

15 comments:

L Johnson said...

Very classy message board Amber! I am guessing the bear's pack will show up someday;)

b davis said...

It looks fabulous. Can't wait to see the rest of Maya's room. And what a good dad you have! :)

Katie said...

Super cute Amber! You'll have to post pictures when the room is complete, can't wait to see the finished project.

Needled Mom said...

Great message board!!!

Pokey said...

Reading these last two posts, all I can say is, we all have those days, I bet you'll find the backpack in some obvious place! It's gonna work out. Hey, cute picture board, you've done a nice job! Look at Maya's sweet happy face.

Kim D. said...

Love it, I made a message board a few years ago using just fabric. The quilted fabric looks great too!!

Keri said...

ambs, I didn't know you'd already started on her room. The color looks great, and that's awesome that you didn't have to paint it! Love the message board too. P.s. Lets get together soon!

~kathy said...

Adorable. I love the detail. I'm just starting to think about how to decorate Molly's room. I have paint chips taped to the wall. It is so hard to pick colors!

Post pictures of the entire room when it is done! I need inspiration!

Summer :) said...

Looks great! :)

Cassie said...

You are SO crafty in every which way possible! Love the new board. Who would have thought to have the fabric quilted? Great idea! So cute, Ambs. Don't forget to enter my giveaway! xoxo

Ammie G said...

That is so cute and looks like you spent a million on it. good job. Melissa and I have a quilt we want to do and I would love for you to do it with us. I think it is a american jane pattern. I was hopeing we could get together and work on it. Like our gild once was (cuting, sewing, talking, and probly alot of laughing). if that sounds fun call me.

Meghan said...

Great work with the frame! Someone would pay $50 to buy that from Pottery Barn.

Jackie said...

What a great message board. I look at a brown frame and see a brown frame - absolutely no vision here. You've got it in spades though!

No apologies for the prior post needed at all. We ALL feel like that some days - many days actually.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is really cute. It will be a fun addition to a home.

Tammy said...

Amber, I love love love the board!!! The paint color looks lovely too...so sweet, Dad! I can't wait to see her finished room in person! Lucky little lady!