Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bulletin Board Redo

I have this Bulletin Board
That came from...who knows where (isn't that how all crap is?)
It was the ugliest bulletin board on the block.
Even the frame was ashamed to be a part of such ugliness...it tried to fall off routinely
But I had a dream...a VISION for what it could be.
and after a "Fix it, or it's getting thrown away" ultimatum by my reasonable husband
THIS is what it became...


Before:
BULLETIN BOARD
Truth be told...this isn't our bulletin board...I didn't take any pictures of it before I redid it...but it looked approximately like this one...minus the fact that ours looked like I pulled it out of a dumpster.

After:

Why no pictures of the redo? ::sighs:: Because I couldn't find my camera, and I didn't want to go looking for it...plus I did this at 2am on our apartment patio...so the light wasn't exactly ideal anyways. Still love how it turned out!

Directions
First I took the frame off the cork board and painted it black
Then I cut a piece of fabric (from IKEA aka Best Store Ever) a little bigger than the actual cork board. 
I flipped it over, and hot glued it onto the cork board (just the back...not the front...I didn't want any lumpy hot glue in the way of push pins!). 
Then I hot glued the frame (piece by piece) directly onto the cork board.

I know what you're thinking: "HOT GLUE? Was she too lazy to use nails?? " I could have put nails into the frame, but believe me...this frame had no hope... I tried to put the tiniest nail you've ever seen in it, and the frame started splitting. I'm telling you...hot glue worked. 

BUT because I used hot glue, I put two big screws through the cork board and straight into the wall...That means no weight on the frame. 

Best part?
This project was 100% free.

And my husband loves it.

27 comments:

AmieAnn said...

Oh my gosh.. I think I may own a twin to the ugliest chalkboard on earth.. my husband brought it home.. so glad to see that there is still hope for it! Yours looks amazing!

Patricia said...

I LOVE it! I think I just found inspiration for my dingy old bulletin board!
AWESOME!

Bonnie B. said...

oh my gosh, i just bought that very same fabric on monday. i love ikea. and i love your bulletin board.

Jill said...

That looks really great! I love the fabric! I had a bulletin board very similar to your before picture, now I wish I wouldn't have thrown it out! Thanks for joining the party :)

Jill

Neoma said...

I LOVE that fabric! And I think you got a really nice bulletin board. I just bought 4 meters of it a week ago at "my" IKEA (and YES! It's the best store ever!)
I'm planning to sew new kitchen curtains and a small blanket for my kitchen couch. Ritght now I still got my Xmas curtains so it might be a good time to sew the new ones! :)

/Mari

http://neomasfrestelser.blogspot.com/

SarahLynn said...

great idea! i've been wanting to hang our bulletin board in the dining room but it's SO UGLY! i can't wait to go find some cute fabric to cover it with...and maybe make a matching tablecloth to do with it! thanks for the idea!

Jacob And Angie Ward said...

That turned out really cute!

Megan said...

I saw this on the Power of Paint Party... I literally just bought 2 bulletin boards for my girls' room. My boyfriend said seriously? you are just gonna leave them blank like that? I'm so going home and doing this tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jenn said...

This is awesome! I having been eyeing that fabric forever to recover a few chair seat with ... love it used here!

Christina said...

I <3 that fabric! IKEA...? I never would have thought! I love it! And I LOVE that this was free...it's beautiful!

Thanks so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday" :)

Kelly said...

Gosh, this is almost too cute to use!


Kelly

cassandra said...

I bought that material and just haven't decided what to do with it yet...now i know because i have an old bulletin board sitting in my basement. yay!

Shauntel said...

I've been trying to think of a way for my son to display his school work, but not have an ugly cork board hanging up. I love this.

Shauntel

http://the-polka-dot-umbrella.blogspot.com/

Sheena said...

This may sound dumb, but how did you remove the frame? I recently picked up two that I was planning on redoing, however when I went to remove the frame the cork started breaking. So I have been trying to figure out how to cover the cork without removing the frame. Both boards are like this...any tips?

Sheena said...

Cami- Thanks so much! I'm hoping to give this a try sometime this week so we will see how it turns out!

Rita said...

Love it!!!

Rita
www.martenssmily2.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Your idea is great. I'm going to spruce up one I want to use in the kitchen. Hopefully I can find a similar pattern in red. I love red and it's my kitchen accent color.

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