Design Wall – A Photo Tutorial
I’m still waiting for the full Molli Sparkles exposé to hit fine book stores everywhere. Of course it will be an A3 coffee table book, full of glossy, unauthorised photos showing me at late night cocktail parties, early dawn sewing sessions, and surrounded by scantily clad Glitterati at all angles. I keep calling the paps to let them know I’m primed for my hidden camera shots (ya know, hair and makeup a mess, but composed enough still to look fabulously important). Yet, each week when I exit the botox clinic with pout poised, hands raised to cheeks and eyes slightly ajar, expecting an onslaught of flashes, I’m met with nothing! Nothing. Don’t they know who I am? Ugh.
All this to say, there’s no better way to tell a story than with pictures. So when building my design wall, I tried to capture each step with a photo so that I could share a brief tutorial on how I made mine. You might not have all of these materials available to you, but it should give you some guidance or inspiration that you can customise for your own space. As for its usefulness: it’s only been three days with mine, and it’s already changed my creative life.
1. I bought six pieces of multi-use foam board from Bunnings, which is a DIY, hardware, and garden retailer. If you’re in the US, have a look at Home Depot.
2. This is the brand, size, and material information. Each piece cost $12.50 AUD for a total of $75.00 AUD. (Approximately $58.00 USD).
3. I laid them all out on the floor to even them up and understand the total size. This design wall was going to be 1.8m wide x 2.4m high. (That’s about 6′ x 8′).
4. I used Scotch Tough Duct tape for my initial tapings. At Bunnings it is about $17.00 AUD ($13.00 USD).
5. I kept adding tape to both sides until the entire structure was stable. And, until I ran out of tape.
6. I started preparing my Kaffe Fassett Design Wall Fabric (see next image). I purchased this while in Singapore at a going out of business sale for about $11.00 AUD ($7.50 USD). They had six metres left, so I bought all of it. However, I only used about five metres, so $55.00 AUD ($42.00 USD).
7. This fabric is still widely available, and here’s all the details that you’ll need to track it down. It is a flannel, so it is extremely soft, and fabric sticky.
8. I knew I would need to sew two runs of the fabric to get the width I needed. I tried using glue basting to line up all the grid lines when sewing the pieces together. It didn’t work. I think the fabric just soaked up the glue instead.
9. So I used a lot of pins, and still had to sew it, rip it out, and sew it again.
10. I cut off the extra seam material and added it to my selvage scrap bin.
11. Once sewn together and face down on the floor, I knew it had to be ironed.
12. Ironing didn’t seem to help a lot. I centred the fabric seam line to the centre of my foam boards.
13. I made a dash back to Bunnings to pick up more tape. This time I bought generic PVC duct tape that cost $3.50 AUD ($2.70 USD). I folded the fabric around the foam boards as if I were wrapping a present. Then I smothered it in tape. I am still dubious about using the generic tape, but so far so good! I made a concerted effort to ensure the lines were even on all sides, as well as the fabric being pulled as taut as possible.
14. I hung the whole thing on the wall using six pairs of these 3M Command Brand picture hanging strips which cost $10.00 AUD ($7.50 USD).
15. Voilà, a design wall! Final cost $143.50 AUD ($110.00 USD). The paps really need to get a shot of this impressive instant!