From utilitarian to decorative the easy way!

My children are grown and out of the house—I miss them everyday!—so I’m repurposing and updating the bulletin boards I used as organizational tools during their school years. The boards are very basic and NOT AT ALL decorative so it’s time for them to get a makeover. I will put both of them to great use in the TU living/The Modern Nestling studio!

My husband and I lightly sanded and wiped down the wooden edge of the bulletin boards to provide the proper surface for good paint adhesion. He then painted both of the bulletin boards for me. He used a flat black spray paint, I didn’t want the wood trim to be shiny. He worked outside on the lawn. Spray painting outside has two advantages. There is plenty of fresh air so no worries about fumes and the overspray lands on the grass—not so pretty, today but with the next mowing as good as new.

I transformed the smaller of the two bulletin boards into a canvas, much like a painters canvas. It'll be used as a backdrop in my studio. I like the way it adds a graphic twist to an otherwise plain, still un-repainted wall. The transformation was super easy!

I used a 45” Home Essentials Print Fabric named Dalgety Panorama Tuxedo, that I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. I needed the fabric to have very limited stretch and to be firm/stiff enough to span the width of the bulletin board without sagging.

After cutting the fabric to size, allowing for an additional two and a half inches on each edge, I laid the fabric right side down on a flat surface. The bulletin board was placed face side down onto the fabric. Then I carefully wrapped the fabric around the outside edge and onto the back of the board and stapled it firmly. Remembering to place a staple on the right hand side and then directly opposite it on the left hand side, pulling the fabric tight before placing the left staple. I used the same method with the top and bottom edges of the board. I continued stapling until it was tight and beautiful.

Since my fabric doesn’t easily fray and no one should ever see the back of this project, I am leaving the raw edges exposed. If you want a prettier edge along the back fold the raw edge under before stapling to the board. I added a nickel accent with a decorative nailhead trim along the edges of the bulletin board for some understated bling and to cover my perfectly imperfect corner folds!

You may be asking yourself, “What is Kathy going to do with the second bulletin board?”. Join me back here at TU living next week to find out! If you have questions about this project, leave them in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer them for you!