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!
So, come Black Friday last year, of course 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!
How to Recover an Old Bulletin Board
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)
Thumbtacks ( 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 halfway into the foam. I only pushed them in halfway because I wanted to make sure to cover as much of the surface as possible with paint. Painted and left to dry.
Next up, cut the fabric but leaving about 2 inches off each side to make sure I had plenty to work with.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Goodbye boring white wall and hello pretty new green bulletin board! Ready to display my kids artwork!
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