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$2 Thrift Store Bulletin Board Makeover

Completely blank sits a white wall in my kitchen, just begging for a bulletin board.

I first thought, “Cool, I’ll just go buy a piece of cork board and put fabric over it, call it good.” Well, turns out cork board is not that cheap.

Plan B, keep my eyes open for an old bulletin board to refinish. Turns out, it didn’t take me long to find one at a local thrift store.

Best part, I bought it for only $2! After purchasing the board, fabric, and tacks, I spent total about $8. Not bad at all for a completely custom bulletin board!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies!

So, come Black Friday last year, of coarse I went to Joann’s to stock up on some cute fabrics. I am trying to incorporate green into my kitchen. I love this color for kitchens because it reminds me of freshness.

Anyways, so I knew I wanted to have green on the board. Found this really cute pattern and got 2 yards, also bought 2 yards of batting.

Check that off the to-do list.

Don’t forget to always have your Joann’s coupons with you to get the best deals! If you have a 20% of total purchase, you’re golden!

For about 14 weeks all my materials sat in my closet just waiting to be put together. Well, this was the week I finally got around to doing this super easy project.

Total the project only took me a little over one hour, start to finish! Here is how I did it and how you can do the same thing!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies!

How to Recover an Old Bulletin Board

Supplies:

Old bulletin board
2 yards fabric (or enough to cover one side and edges)
2 yards batting (or enough to cover one side and edges)
Thumb tacks ( buy them at any dollar store!)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint (optional)

I had some silver tacks that I needed to spray paint. I went with an off white color that I think goes great with the fabric.

I had some old floral foam that I had bought from the Dollar Store, I just stuck the tacks half way into the foam. I only pushed them in half way because I wanted to make sure to cover as much of the surface as possible with paint. Painted and left to dry.

Bulletin Board Pins

Next up, cut the fabric but leaving about 2 inches off each side to make sure I had plenty to work with.

Bulletin Board Featured

Bulletin Board Fabric

I decided to leave the frame for two reasons. One, I couldn’t figure out an easy way to remove it. Two, I liked the way it left an edge next to the tacks. Depending on the shape of you board, you can either leave the frame or remove it.

Lay the batting on top of the board, pin one side to help keep it in place when pulling and gluing.

Bulletin Board 1st Pinning

Turn the board over and start pulling the batting mostly tight (leaving just a little slack so the tacks could be placed) and use hot glue to secure. Repeat for all four sides.

Bulletin Board Glue

Bulletin Board Batting

Repeat the same process with the fabric. Pull fabric, glue, repeat for all four sides.

I had to be a little more precise with the pulling since my fabric has a linear pattern. So in other words, I didn’t want to have my pattern look wavy.

Bulletin Board Glue Finish

Bulletin Board Glue Finish2

Last step is to simply place the tacks in place around the boarder. Some people might be a little more meticulous than me. But I just decided to eye it instead of measuring out distance between tacks. I was really happy on how it turned out!

Bulletin Board Tac Corner

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies!

Goodbye boring white wall and hello pretty new green bulletin board! Ready to display my kids artwork!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies!

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Natasha
    January 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    WOW! You work wonders. This came out so pretty.

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      Brittany Cooper
      January 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much Natasha! It’s my first time doing something with fabric like this. It was a lot of fun!

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    Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods
    January 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    What a fabulous update! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    I would love for you to share this post {and others} at my Show Me Saturday linky party. My readers would love this project!
    ~ Ashley

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      January 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Ashley! It was a lot of fun making! I would love to stop by your link party! I am always looking for new parties to join and cute and creative blogs to follow. I will be seeing you on Saturday! Thanks for stopping by!!

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    Laurie @ Successful Homemakers
    January 12, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Visiting you back!

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Yours turned out so very pretty! I must steal this idea and make one for my dream board.

    Thanks for visiting and I’ll be back. 🙂

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      January 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much Laurie! It’s super simple and I am sure you can create your dream board for just a couple pennies! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jen @ Noting Grace
    January 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I am so in love with this! We just moved our boys classrooms around and they are begging for cork boards, but I’ve always hated the look. This is so inspirational! Now I can find fabric to match exactly what they want and make it all pretty like yours so I like it to!

    Thank you for the motivation!
    Jen @ Noting Grace (new follower, too!)

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      January 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Jen!! It really is a fun project and it is super easy and quick! Like you said, you can make it go with any room by your choice of fabric! Hope you get a chance to make one, I would love to see how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Kat@Home. Made. Interest.
    January 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Wow this turned out great. I love that fabric! Thanks for stopping by our blog, so glad we found you! 🙂

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    April
    January 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I really love this! I am going to have to try this for my boy’s room.

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      January 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks April! So great for so many different rooms. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Darla at HeartWork Organizing
    January 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Love it. Looks very clean and nice. I might not want to actually pin anything to it. I saw you over at Crafty Allie’s link party. Thanks for posting.

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      Brittany Cooper
      January 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Darla! I have yet to pin anything on the my new board… lol

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    Michelle from Weekend Craft
    January 22, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Wow great job! It looks like its worth $75 now! Love a great upcycling project! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party last week! Hope you stop by again today! bit.ly/1EqDIug

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      Brittany Cooper
      January 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you Michelle! Thrift stores can have some great projects!

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    Candace
    January 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I love the transformation! I’ve been meaning to spruce up some of my boards and have to try this! Thanks for linking up!

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    Lindi
    January 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Such a cute makeover! I’m on the hunt for bulletin board ideas right now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! Popped by from The my paper craze party 🙂

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      Brittany Cooper
      January 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks for looking! It’s such a great project because it can work out so perfectly and only take one hour! Have fun Lindi!

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    Creative Mama Renee
    April 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    What an amazing transformation! I am thinking of adding some cork tiles to a gallery wall to display my children’s art work and recent photos, love the fabric you chose, it looks like it cost you more than $2!

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      April 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much! My favorite thing is that it cost so little and took almost no time! Good luck with your project! I would love to see how it turns out!

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    alisha
    August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    What size was Ur board?

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      Brittany Cooper
      September 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Im thinking it is about 2 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet.

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