Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pottery Barn Knockoff Tile Board

Hey Everyone!

Guys!!!! It's been SOOOOooo crazy lately!  The contest has kept me Obber busy on top of work and I haven't managed to put together my project posts as Blog wars was going!  I'm so thrilled that I made it through the first round and I am able to present my entry for round 2 of Blog wars!

This round in blog wars we had to use some fabulous fabric that Riley Blake Designs sent us and I decided to do a organization board for our family command center.  Our house is in need of one since we are growing and have more and more appointments and notices that need to be left in plain site.  I'm in love with the one from Pottery Barn that you can find here.  But no way would I ever pay $500 dollars or even close to that for a command center that I could make myself.  So I did! and for a Fraction of that price!! :)

The List
Your going to need 9 tile boards I made 2 of mine and the rest you can get at (JoAnn's, Michael's, Or any other craft store that may carry them)

  • 4 Cork Tile boards 
  • Calendar Tile board
  • Chalk tile board
  • White Dry Erase Tile board
  • 2 Wood boards cut to size
  • Fabric 
  • Buttons
  • Thumb tacks
  • Mini Clothes Pins
  • Magnetic adhesive Buttons (Walmart)
  • Natural polished Hemp Twine
  • 10 Eyelet Screws
  • 2 8ft Natural Wood Molding 
  • 4x4ft plywood sheet
  • corner braces
  • Hot glue
  • Liquid Nail Glue
  • Brads Nail gun or a finish nail gun (We used Brads)
  • Paint
  • Screws

The first thing I did was make a "Pin it" (Pinterest) cork tile!  One of my favorites of the whole board.  I enjoy puns! ;)  I designed the template in Illustrator and then saved it as an SVG. file to cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I pined it to the board and then traced it with a gelled white pen. My paint color was a light color so I wanted it to disappear.  It took 2 coats to get a solid finish because the cork sucks up the paint.  But I love it!! :)  I then took the other 3 tile boards and covered them with fabric.  I used the Grey color that Riley Blake had sent me for Blog Wars and the other was just some that I had left over.

I then cut strips of the other fabric that Riley blake sent and some that I had and made Rosette flowers out of them.  You can find a great tutorial for that here. ( I used hot glue to make the rosettes )  I then took some thumb tacks and Magnetic buttons and hot glued them to my rosettes to make Thumb tacks and magnets out of them.  I also use the buttons that came in the Riley blake package and some others that I had in my studio and made thumb tacks and magnets out of those.

I took some of the fabric that was given to me and some that I had and made a fabric banner using one of the cute ribbons sent by Riley Blake. LOVE THOSE CARS!! :)  This was simply for decor.  I love to spruce up simple things. 

If you don't have 2 wood boards you can skip this step!  You will want to cut two boards to measure the length of your store bought boards.  Paint them however you want!  thats the fun part! :)  You can see I went for a whimsical rustic look. If you want to know how I did my painting technique, leave a comment and I will respond! :)  

Next is the frame around the boards! You will want to lay all your boards out and measure from top to bottom on vertical and horizontal sides.  this will be the inner part of your frame!  I had my handy man (The Man) do all the dirty work for me since I'm pregnant.  But here is a fabulous tutorial of how to build a frame from molding. and beside is a picture of my doodle I laid out for "The man" to follow.   Hopefully you understand what I was trying to tell him.  and it should make your frame building and measuring easier. :)  Once your frame is built you will want to paint it or stain it to your liking and then you will take your screws and screw in your plywood backing to your frame.  This will create your layout to hot glue your tiles to.  Before you hot glue make sure you have your layout all figured out.  where you want to place the tiles and what not. Then apply a large dot of hot glue in each corner of your tile boards and stick in place.  Start in the corners, then the middle sides, and finally the very middle board.  I can't tell you enough to make sure you measure and double measure. if something is wrong or off then your tiles won't fit in your frame!  So double check the double checking. :)

The very last step is to measure out the placement of your eyelet screws for your wood tiles.  If you did not use wood tiles you can skip this and enjoy the final pictures! ;)  For those of you that did,  You will want to screw them in according to the spacing you see fit.  I did 3 clothes lines on my top tile board and 2 on my bottom.  However you can do as much or less as you like.  Once your screws are in, take your twine and tie a knot and pull tight and tie a knot on the other side.  Cut away the extra twine and then you can repeat for all the lines you wish to create.  Then just add your mini clothes pins.

There you have it!  Now you can decorate your board with all the tacks and magnets you have created and add pictures to your clothes lines and such. :)  If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or project please send me a message, email, or comment below!

Until Next time.. Keep creating, living, and obsessing!


  1. This board is just darling! I found you today over at Simply Dream & Create (where you were featured). I'm a new follower via Bloglovin and I'd also love for you to link the to my DIY Showcase Link Party if you get the chance. It's open through Friday.
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Please Link Up at my NEW party!! Open NOW (Sat thru Fri) @ DIY Showcase Link Party

  2. Your tile board looks great...Good luck in the contest! I wanted to invite you to share your project(s) at the Rock 'N Share, going on now! Following via GFC & Bloglovin. Hope you'll join the party! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch
    Rock N Share #47

  3. Where did you get all the cork boards and white boards and chalk boards?

    1. I got all my boards from michaels using a coupon for each one. :) every time I went in I would pick ne up using a 40% off coupon. :)

  4. How thick was your plywood? 1/4" or larger?

    1. Yes. It is 1/4" thick. :) I got my 4X4 at Lowes. Hope that helps.

  5. If you had to put a price on it, what would you say it cost from start to finish?

  6. how long did it actually take to make all of this?

    1. I did the frame one day. And the rest the next day. :) so 2 days. All the buttons and magnets where so easy. Also the banner was simple. No sewing involved. :)

  7. I'd like to know about your painting technique on the wood squares and what type of wood you used. Thank you!

    1. The wood we used was just some plywood we had in the garage. The painting technique was a dry brush. I applied white to all the boards as a primer, then I painted the teal sea foam color. once it was dry I did a mix of black and brown paint. I dipped my brush in water and then squeeze it out and shake it a bit so it is damp. then I lightly dip it in the paint mixture and start at the edges and swipe in. Each stroke I start at the edge and go in. then I take a dry paper towel and wipe form the edge in to blend if needed. once that is dry I will use a dry paint brush and dip it in white a tad and do the same but not as heavy.


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