Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Ultimate Inspiration Board!

Yipppeeeeeeee! My inspiration board has finally gone up!!I'm so excited to have this fun door up and usable! It has been a long time coming! Do you remember what it looked like from an earlier sneak peak of my studio? (here's a link to my "Big Project / Art Studio" progression.)
My husband hauled this treasure home one day from the dump - A solid hardwood core and ALL the glass in perfect condition! We thought we could use it to replace our pocket or office door in our 1930s home -- but alas, that never happened. Still, I had high hopes for alternative uses for it. First it was going to hang in the living room to showcase black and white photos. Then after our next housing move I knew this door was going in the office ... it just took a while to find it's way there!

After hesitating over painting the wood, I bit the bullet. The wood grain was so beautiful ... but somehow it wasn't old enough to be "cool". So, black it is!
Next came the cork. The sheets came in 1/8" an 1/4" depths. Since I was adhering it to the glass, I had to be sure the standard 3/8" push pins would not put any pressure on the glass itself. For a standard cork board, you can get away with applying a thin sheet of cork to a wood or MDF backing. Because the wood panes on the door are routed, I thought using two - 1/4" sheets and making a total depth of 1/2" would make the cork stick out too far. So, I chose to buy one roll and glue 3 - 1/8" layers on each pane. Phew! :-) It was recommended to use linoleum paste. Messy stuff!!!
For aesthetic reasons, I opted to leave 4 panes uncorked. And after leaning against my wall for a few months, we managed to get this baby hung over the holiday break! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I snapped these pics so you can see my board clearly before I fill it up with my stuff! More studio pics and projects coming this month!

60 comments:

Nikki said...

Very Cool and inspiring! You did a great job.

Laura said...

Okay!! I love that idea. I am going to show this to Keith... Wait...I will rethink this because before you know it I will have 10 old doors in my garage. Great idea!!

Gena said...

LOVE IT! Really......a fantastic idea. Now......................if I could just find a door like that at the dump. :-) Great job!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

You are hands down the coolest person EVER. I absolutely love this board. Now if I can just find an old door....:)

Heather said...

Oh my goodness...it is beautiful!!! Hope you had a wonderful Holiday!!

thehammondfamily said...

I love this idea! You could use your empty spots as a dry erase board. I just saw this idea the other day somewhere. So Beautiful! Thanks for your inspiration!
Susan

Susan said...

That is just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful project with us!
Hugs,
Susan

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh this is FABULOUS! I love how organized you could get with this. So much fun. I'll be linking!

bec4 said...

I love it! The empty panes are great too. what a good hubby to haul that home. Don't you just get sick sometimes thinking about all of the stuff that no one grabs from the dump?

Steph said...

What a great project! Lots of room for your inspirations, and an inspiration itself.

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

I love it! You're too amazing. Oh, to have an office!

n i l e e y said...

Love this idea, great job!

Randi said...

What a neat idea ... I love it!

Eleanor Joyce said...

fantastic idea! Thanks for visiting us at www.Econobusters.com and leaving a comment. We love input!
EJ

boya arsila said...

wow..I looove inspirational board...and this one really inspires me..nice=)

Do it yourselfer said...

i'm inspired...i was just at habitat for humanity....so many great doors! can't wait to do this!

Melanie said...

I need one of these! Great idea.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

Fabulous!!!! I love how it looks on the wall!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a fabulous idea!!

Neabear said...

What a great idea! Looks awesome in your office.

Fifi Flowers said...

That is GREAT! I need somthing like in my studio... hmmmmm... you have got me thinking!

Debbie said...

Dear Jeanne,

I'm amazed by your creativity! I would have looked at that door and just seen a door. And yet, you transformed it into a useful item.

That reminds me of how God sees us and can use us. A piece of clay can be molded and used for His purposes and His glory.

I'm so thankful that we each have different gifts and abilities. I so appreciate your visits to Heart Choices! :)

Silvy said...

hello! i am looking for a good scripture to put on a canvas wall print i am making from a wedding photo, and i stumbled across your blog. you have INCREDIBLE ideas and creative talent. i am really impressed and might try some of your ideas! thanks for sharing!

Silvy said...

hello! i am looking for a good scripture to put on a canvas wall print i am making from a wedding photo, and i stumbled across your blog. you have INCREDIBLE ideas and creative talent. i am really impressed and might try some of your ideas! thanks for sharing!

Blogging Team/Econobusters.com said...

What a great idea!!

I know it's been a month since you commented on our new site, www.Econobusters.com, but I wanted to take a moment and thank you for visiting us. We hope that you will be back - we are blogging regularly and have so many great things to share this year. We are still getting organized and planning what we want to ad to our blog, but good things are coming! Thanks for being one of our first commentors - it means a lot to us!

Kris Price
www.Econobusters.com

The Texas Butlers said...

I love it. What a great idea.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

That is an awesome idea. My head is spinning now. Hee hee. Thanks for sharing.

A Little More Crazy Than Cool said...

Amazing!

Scrappywarbat said...

I Love it....I had a door like that forever in my garage wanted to do something with it and never did...when we moved I sold it at yard sale...wish I had kept it a little longer so I could copy your GREAT idea!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is so very exciting!!! I love this..I hope to find a door and do the same..you inspire!
-sandy toe

Erika said...

Stopping by from Kimba's... That is such and awesome idea!!!!!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Great transformation! I love using old doors... So many options! Your blog is so full of great inspiration, thank you.
~Misti

Chris said...

This is easily one of the best ideas I've seen in a long time. Not only that, but you included a tutorial! Awesome!

....the Sassy Mom!! said...

I love this project. I just got 'another' window pane (I have five in my home now) and would love to do this. I've been planning on doing an inspiration board for a while and this is perfect.

Would you mind if I grabbed a pic from this post to add to my blog post..I would link back to you?

lisalyn said...

My daughter has 2 of these type of doors and she has yet to just go ahead and paint them. It's a big step! :) I love what you did with yours...I will show her and maybe it will inspire her to do something on the same order.

jenny said...

I'm loving your blog. You have such beautiful creations and truly inspiring ideas. I love your inspiration board. I look forward to coming back often to get to know you more and see more great ideas. Blessings!

Gordostyle said...

Cuuuuuttttte door/memo board! Loooooovvvveee it!

Smiles,
Jen

robinrane said...

Love this! Sooo pretty and inspiring!
I just covered my bifold closet doors in foam board and then Contact cork board. (In my "fun room") I love the room for putting up ideas but I need a pretty light-weight border to finish it off! Love your door!!!
Robin Rane
~All Things Heart & Home

Bud & Kim said...

This is fantastic!

Mark and Trisha said...

Amazing....I just love it. You have such great ideas. Keep them coming.

Christine in Florida said...

Talk about perfect timing! My neighbors put two of these doors out in their trash yesterday...and I'd been looking at them since then...thinking, "I know they'd be good for something - but what????" Well, I saw your post, loved it, and ran right across the street just now! I'm still out of breath b/c they were so heavy! Phew.

Now I just have to figure out where to use them (and how to explain to my husband who doesn't quite have the eye we do - he'll see a dirty, yucky old door!!!)! Many thanks.

Stephanie said...

Just wanted to say that I linked to your post b/c it inspired me to take a window and make it something similar to your door!

Thanks for the awesome idea! :)

MelanyTN said...

Oh - I LOVE IT! I have an inspiration board that is no where near as inpspired. ;) LOL

Thanks for sharing!

Nadirah Angail said...

Wow, I cant believe thats a door. Great job. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Breadwinner Wife said...

It looks great! Saw your link to this at SITS... I love it.

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Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!

misssrobin said...

This board is incredible. I'll bet you're still having tons of fun with it.

lynnegood said...

You could use the glass panes as a dry erase board too!

I love your blog - stopping by from SITS!

Morgan said...

I love this! What a great recycle project!

Enjoy your SITS day! :)

MJ said...

I love this idea. I am going to start looking for a door immediately.

The Lucky Wife @ The Saturday Evening Pot said...

What a great use for that door!! LOVE it.

Hope you have a wonderful SITS day.

Patty said...

I LOVE this! I am here from SITS!
Enjoy your day :)

randomthoughts said...

I loved this idea! specially you calling it 'Inspirational Board'. its such a nice idea to put things that inspire together to get that vital positive energy flowing.

randomthoughts said...

I loved this idea of you naming it 'Inspiration Board' its a nice thought to assemble things that inspire you to get that vital positive energy flowing.

Susan in the Boonies said...

I think I need one of those!

Happy SITS day!

{Inspire Me,Beautiful.} said...

Wow...this is awesome! I know what I can do with old doors if someone wants to get rid of one! :)

Working Mommy said...

What a great idea...I really need one of these as well!!

I would love to have a guest post from you on my blog...I'm sure my readers would love to hear what you have to say!!

Hope you enjoyed your SITS day!

~WM

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