So this ain’t my first rodeo…
THIS was my first rodeo. Circa late 70′s. With my sweet horse, Goldie.
My kids have not stopped laughing at this picture since I dug it out yesterday.
Their comments? Hannah: You are wearing MOM jeans!
Josh: You look like a boy! Actually he’s right, because my face in this photo is the spitting image of his!
Ah, good times.
Today I made a pin board for my office and thought I’d share a little tutorial because it’s different than the ones above.
Supplies: bulletin board (found mine at the thrift store for $2.99), fabric (a smidge over a yard), scissors, staple gun, nail head upholstery tacks, and a hammer
Step one…lay the bulletin board over the fabric and cut around it, leaving about a one and a half inch border.
Step two: with the bulletin board laying face down onto the wrong side of the fabric (as in photo above), use the staple gun and staple once in the center of each side of the wood frame pulling the fabric tight. Go side–side then top–bottom so your fabric won’t go crooked. The purpose of this step is just to hold the fabric in place.
Step three: flip the board over and add the upholstery tacks just inside of the wood frame. I used the points in the pattern of the fabric as a reference to keep them evenly spaced. You should be able to push them through the fabric and bulletin board by hand. The hammer comes later.
See how the fabric isn’t secured onto the back yet (except for one staple per side)? That is on purpose…you’ll need some “give” in the fabric until all the nail heads are in.
Finish going around all the sides with the upholstery tacks.
Step four: Turn the board upside down and using the hammer, flatten all of the ends of the tacks that are sticking through the back of the board. You don’t want these poking out and scratching the wall.
Step five: Pull the fabric tight and staple it to the wood frame using the staple gun. For the corners, tuck the fabric like you do when wrapping the ends of a gift and secure with a staple.
Step six: Add hangers.
Step seven: Hang and admire your work!
Here’s what I LOVE about this project…
:it’s inexpensive (I spent under $15)
:it’s quick (took about 20 minutes)
:it has a “custom” look to it (the nail heads really give it a polished look)
:it’s completely customizable (the fabric choices are endless!)
:it’s adaptable…use it at a kitchen desk area, a kid’s room, laundry room, mud room, and if you want to get really crazy you can use 3M hooks and put one on the side of your fridge!
Will you ever look at those cheap bulletin boards the same way again ? I won’t!
I hope you found this tutorial useful! Let me know if you have any questions!