I think I have a small obsession with drywall. Random, I know, but it has been a big element in my home decor. That is so random to read aloud. It is the main element in this chalkboard frame wall, in this office bulletin board, and now my living room gallery.
After my “Aha” moment at Lowes I went home and sketched out what I would need. Here are the materials needed:
- Piece of Clearance Drywall
- cut pieces of plywood ( “el cheapo” kind because it's just the backing)
- Liquid Nails
- Staple Gun (I didn't even use my pneumatic. I just used my hand-held)
- Picture hanging kit
- small silver nails (with a small flat round head)
- Box Knife
I decided that I wanted my drywall mats to be double the size of an 8.5 X 11 paper. (17 X 22) I knew that I would be designing and printing off my own art on computer sized card stock paper. I shared my initial plan the other day and I had already figured out this pattern:
I had to rearrange the cut out paper a little by basically spreading out the framed pictures a little, to accommodate three 17 X 22 mats. I went to Lowes and Home Depot to collect my supplies. Home Depot has a better scrap wood section so I went there first. They have this entire cart of scraps from wood people cut and didn't want. I found two large pieces of plywood for $1.oo a pop. I had them cut them into 17 X 22 sized pieces.
I then headed to Lowes where I knew the clearance drywall existed:
The sign says $2.00 but when you get to the register its only $1.00. I am not sure why, but hey, I am not complaining. This drywall comes from damaged pieces when they are unloading their large quantities into their store. I grabbed two large pieces for $1.00 a pop. (are you counting? So far I have spent $4.00.) While at Lowes I picked up a box of picture hangers. I decided to get the kind you have to nail the little nails in. I needed 18. The ones I got (not found online) there were 6 in the box so at $1.65 a pop I spent about $5.00 for that (My total is now up to $9.00)
When the hubs and I flipped house we bought contractor packs of everything. We have had enough liquid nails to last almost a year. The stash is dwindling but I had enough for this project. I also had staples and a staple gun. I was able to find some silver flat-headed nails in our stash of random out in the garage. All I had left was the fabric.
A few days later I went on a fun errand day with my friend Ashley. Of course, on my list of errands was to stop by a random quilt store that we have in my hometown. It does not compare to my favorite fabric store 45 minutes away but it has a pretty good selection of solids. I wanted my printables to stand out so I was looking for light grey solid upholstery fabric. The good news…they had two options. The great news was that one was in the clearance room. SCORE! I bought two yards at $3.50 a yard. ( The total now is at $16.00) I was ready to start!
I had to modify my original pattern when I got home. I will share why Wednesday. I want to skip that stuff to tell you how I made these.
Here is how:
1.) I went home and cut the drywall the same size as the plywood (17 X 22)