Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY Bulletin board - a minor tweak

Hello there people! The end of Summer is rapidly approaching and we are trying hard to squeeze our last bit of Summer fun in. I have been doing some projects around the house that I have been avoiding and I want to share one today. Last year, I made a memory board for my kitchen out of a HUGE frame that I found thrifting. I can't find the original post, but here is a pic from last December...

It's hard to tell in this pic, but basically, the frame is backed in fabric and there are a few rows of twine strung across with tiny clothes pins. I liked the look of it, but the twine would fill up pretty fast and I felt like the memory board wasn't living up to it's potential.

I decided that making this a cork board would make the entire space more functional and I can fill the whole space. I don't know about you, but I can NEVER find a cork board or roll of cork big enough for what I need. NEVER. So, this time I opted for cork tiles. The problem with tiles is that they are usually so thin, the push pin doesn't go all the way in. I decided that foam core would be the best thing to back the cork tiles with. Take a look....

First I had to trim the foam core to fit the frame.

The, I put all the cork tiles on there and cut them to fit...

Then I took them outside and spray glued the cork tiles onto the foam core...

This little one kept me company while I worked :)

After that, I used spray glue to attach the fabric to the cork...
I didn't leave enough space when I trimmed my foam core to wrap the fabric around, so I trimmed it to fit exactly.

Next, I popped the whole thing back in the frame and used duct tape to secure the back.

Then.......trouble. When we flipped it over, it started to look all lumpy. This meant that the glue had not dried all the way so the cork was separating from the foam core. So, we applied some weight and let it sit for a couple hours....

After that, everything was dry and we hung it back up :)
Wanna see!!?
Now the entire surface is functional :)


I like it much better now and can't wait to fill 'er up!

Happy (end) of Summer to you!!!

10 comments:

  1. Such a smart idea, awesome tweak! I love how big it is too. :)

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  2. it still looks great and is much more useful! you were usin your noggin! :)

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  3. that is beautiful! what a great idea, I really like that board, every home should have one ;)

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  4. It's gorgeous! I need to make one of those!

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  6. I love this! Such an awesome idea!!

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