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DIY Custom Bulletin Board

October 24th, 2010

Here’s the scoop on the cool bulletin board that I “constructed” last weekend..

The frame started its life looking like this.

Ikea- Ung Drill… $29.99

I found it several months ago at Ikea.  {And I remember seeing it on some other blogs in the past, but I believe they used it as a chalk board frame.} It was originally intended for one of the walls in my ladies lounge, but never actually made it onto the wall.  Guess that ended up being a good thing!

It must have been when I was cleaning out the room that has become the nursery, that a light bulb went off.  I could finally use the frame and make it into a bulletin board for van’s room.  I then debated leaving it black or painting it a color.  Painting it a color won… but I had to leave that to Mr. vB to accomplish.

I picked the same yellow paint that we painted the nightstand, but knew it would be a headache to paint with a brush.  Luckily Mr. vB could use his air compressor paint gun to spray it on.  That way he could get all the nooks and crannies.

LOVE IT!  Thanks Mr. vB- you did a marvelous job!

Now it was my turn to get to work.  I went on the search for a cork board that would be big/wide enough to fill the opening.  All of the cork board squares I found were the right thickness, but not wide enough to span the distance I needed without having a seam down the middle.  I then figured I probably just needed to get a 24 x 18 bulletin board and cut the oval shape out.  Easier said than done!!

Cutting the board was the messiest thing EVER!  I assumed {incorrectly} that the cork was going to be solid all the way through.  Well it actually was a super thin sheet of cork applied to a pressed wood backing.  When I cut the cork, it tended to tear away from the pressed board.  And then when I flipped it over and tried to cut it from the opposite side I think I made it worse.  The photo above kinda sums it up.  But thankfully once I shoved it into the frame, you couldn’t even see the torn sections.

Ta-Da!

I love how it turned out!  Now I just want to find some really cute push pins to use with it.

What?? It’s all in the details you know!!

PS.  after some quick googling I just saw something about DIY push pins.. hmm… Looks like I know what I will be up to this afternoon.

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  1. Jen Ross
    October 24th, 2010 at 11:14 | #1

    Love it! I can’t wait to see the finished product (i.e. the NURSERY!)

  2. CeeCee
    October 24th, 2010 at 16:16 | #2

    Can’t wait to see the DIY push pins. Crib skirt is finished, pressed and ready to hang. Bumper pads are a work in progress. Cut all the fabric on the bias to make the piping. Cut out the ties, ready to sew once I know exact length. Then I will tackle the bumper pads. the project should look fab!!! Glad you aren’t having twins. I can do this project only once.

  3. Gaby
    October 26th, 2011 at 12:06 | #3

    I want to do this, I have the same frame and a cork board that I’m not using!! My questions is: how did you cut the cork board? What did you use, a saw? A knife?
    It looks awesome yellow by the way!

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