Hi there!! I have more updates to share on my stepson's baseball room. If you missed the prior episodes, check here and here. In Part I we painted, added a curtain and pillows, moved the Derek Jeter fathead (successfully, whew!) and added a refurbished IKEA Malm dresser that I spray painted navy. In Part II I showed how to make a baseball curtain rod finial and tieback.
Which leads us to Part III. First the fun and easy update: new comforter from Target. Its a faux down comforter in grey and really soft. I want one for my room.
I should mention here that the vibe I'm going for in this room is industrial locker room style. So I thought it would be both functional and fit in with the design to add a big sheet of metal to the wall to use as a magnetic board for all of the magnets, posters, notes, baseball cards, and ticket stubs that collect in stepson's room. Here it is all hung on the wall and I love the way it looks. I'm getting to the bad part, give me a minute.
I was in Home Depot (HD) and found this 3' x 3' sheet of metal for around $20. Perfect size for the wall, I just wasn't sure how to hang it. The HD guy suggested this liquid nails-like stuff that you can use on metal but I really didn't want all of that adhesive permanently stuck to the wall if we ever changed our minds. Plus, I wasn't sure how the metal sheet stay on the wall while the adhesive set.
So, instead I decided to try screwing the metal sheet to the wall with some bolts I had. I was hoping the bolts would add to the industrial look of the room. I started by locating a stud. I wanted at least one of the bolts in a stud to make sure the metal would stay up there.
Next, I drilled 8 holes around the metal sheet, one in each corner and one in the center of each side.
Then I predrilled a small hole into the drywall and used my socket wrench (?--not entirely sure if that is the right name for the tool, and I don't have a pic :( ) to attach each screw. Here is a close up of one of the screws. I love how it gives an industrial look to the magnetic board.
But wait, the magnets do not stick. My metal is not magnetic!!!! How big of a dodo brain am I? I bought aluminum. I should have bought steel. I just love spending lots of time buying just the right piece, devising a clever way of hanging it, hammering a bunch of nails into the wall to find a stud and wait until I am all done to discover I totall screwed up! Really.
In the meantime, the baseball room got some wall art. :) That is pretty hard to screw up.