DIY Bulletin Board Makeover

I know this DIY project is not a new idea, but I’ve been wanting to cover this bulletin board for a long time now.

It’s a basic cork board, and until this point the only upgrade was clear-coating the wooden frame. And that was done almost a year ago, but then we moved and the rest of the project fell by the wayside. In fact, I wasn’t even sure where, or if it would be hung up after we moved in.

But we have this spot right outside our office that is pretty bare.

I’ve contemplated different pieces of artwork, but the truth is it wouldn’t be seen enough to be enjoyed hanging in this spot.

So today I picked up some Ikat style fabric in colours that will transition the landing into the office space. I wasn’t really looking for Ikat, just a pattern that would be colourful and fun.

Before I could really get going I realized the upholstery nails I planned to use were too long for the thickness of this cork board. They went right through and stuck out the back!

Luckily I had some sheets of Styrofoam kicking around that had been used for packing. So I cut them to size and used wood glue to stick them to the back of the board.

Oops, I think I used enough glue!

This is how much thickness the Styrofoam added to the board.

Ready to roll, I started by ironing the one selvage edge under first. And then I tacked it into place in the center and each corner of the same side.

I ironed the creases for the rest of the folds after the first side was tacked down. I did this by using the wooden frame as a guide for the iron, and ironed right on the board. The crease was facing the wrong way, but it gave me a guide for folding the edge under. Once the edge was folded under and fit snuggly against the frame, I ran the iron over it once more.

I worked my way around the frame, tacking the fabric into place in the centers and corners as I went.

Once this was all done and the fabric in place, next was figuring out the spacing for the rest of the upholstery nails.

Here’s what I went with.

You can see at the bottom how I started with large spacing first, and worked around the frame with it. And then if you look at the top you will notice how I tightened up the spacing, and started filling in around the frame again. Doing it this way helped keep my fabric even as each upholstery tack was inserted.

I decided to add extra tacks to the corners for a little finishing touch.

And then I attached picture wire to the back, and hung the bulletin board up!

Here’s another look at the space before…

And after.

The  plants aren’t usually here though. They’ve been relocated to make room for the Christmas tree. And the tiles on top of the book stand are waiting for me to decide where they’re going.

But I think the bulletin board adds a much needed splash of colour.

So finally, I can cross this project off my list, and just in time for Christmas! And you know, this only took about 2 hours from start to finish including clean-up and hanging the bulletin board up. The question, why did I wait so long to tackle this?

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14 Replies to “DIY Bulletin Board Makeover”

  1. And the next question is will you hang things sporadically like a family message board, or will you choose thoughtful pieces for the board, or will it remain as is all pretty and clean? The possibilities are endless which is so great! Where did you get the fabric? I love it! I may have to try this in a space that I’ve been struggling with for some time. I bet you love looking at that corner now when you’re going into your office.

    1. You ask some great questions! The thought behind this location, besides the splash of colour, was for my hubby and I to tack info. for each other. So for example, his work schedule for the week – it’s never the same! We are basically the only ones coming and going from this area, and you don’t see this wall from anywhere else in the house. But… now that it’s finished and hanging up, my husband doesn’t want to put tacks in it! So the jury is out on what the ultimate function will be, including leaving it just as is. I do like your idea of posting thoughtful pieces though… Hmmmm…

    1. Thanks Bev! To be honest, I picked it up at Fabric Land in Duncan for 50% off. This was a DIY I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on, and in the end I paid $10 for 1m of the fabric. But it’s extra wide fabric, so I have quite a bit left, at least as much as I used, and I already had the upholstery nails from a previous project…

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