Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Making a Bulletin & Chalk Board

Yesterday I shared "The Great Wall of Organization," which will be the work horse of my Mega Mini Office Makeover [Too many slogans? Perhaps.]. Well, today I am sharing a quick little tutorial about how I made my bulletin and chalk boards.

Bulletin Board DIY:

What you need:

  • Large empty frame (I spray painted mine white [big surprise])

  • Homasote Board cut to the size of your frame opening (can be purchased @ home improvement stores... typically comes in 2'x4' sheets.)

  • Fabulous fabric of your choice (Add at least 4" wider and longer than your homasote board to allow for 2" boarder on all sides)

  • Staple gun [and if you have staples for it, that's helpful!]

  • Packing tape

  • What you do:

    1. Lay your homasote board onto the fabric with at least 2" on all sides.

    2. If you have a pattern with lines, make sure they are nice and straight before you begin.

    3. Staple down the top edge, then pull it tight and staple the bottom edge.

    4. Now do the same thing for your sides.

    5. Now onto corners [the fun part...]. I pull the corner piece of fabric diagonally into the frame so the corner is really tight and staple. You will have two loose pieces on both sides, just fold them over the center piece (tightly) and staple them as well. The good news is that you're putting this in a frame... so don't worry if it's not perfect [actually, please don't ever worry about that... your life will be instantly better!].

    6. Now put your fabric covered homasote board into your frame and tape it securely into the frame with your packing tape [I am positive that there's a more proper way to secure it into the frame, but it would most likely involve figuring out what to do, going to the store and buying the stuff, then actually doing it... tape is easier.] [BTW- refer to my comment in #5 if you dislike this solution :) ]

    7. That's it... now just hang it!

    Chalk Board

    What you need:

  • Large empty frame (again, I painted mine white).

  • A board to fit inside.

  • Chalkboard Paint

    1. What you'll do:

      1. Paint your board as directed on the can.

      2. Put it into the frame

      3. Yea... really no need for this chalk board tutorial :)

      *Side Note: are you wondering what the L P & S stand are all about? No, it isn't anything to do with a person's initials... One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." I need to remember this every. single. day. Whenever I see the L, P & S it's just a little reminder for me!


      1. I was wondering about the L P and S. That's one of my favorite verses too. What a great reminder. Love it!

      2. very cute idea! love it. found you from shabby chic cottage link up. following you now...and would love a follow back! ;)

      3. Well this is just fantastic! I love the way you used the bulletin board and chalkboard -- and that whole desk with the 'bench' is just perfect. My favorite part: The letters -- what a great reminder and it's so fun that it's kind of a little 'secret' reminder that people wouldn't get unless you tell them what the letters mean!!

      4. They look wonderful! I have been into cork boards these days and have added fabric to 3 just this week. It makes such a huge difference!!

      5. I love your LPS inspiration! The boards look great - what a hardworking space! Found you from Shabby Nest. :)

      6. love this thank you for sharing
        I am a new follower from Party Mindie Style

      7. L P S - Love it! Great job also!

      8. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This project is fabulous! Thanks for leaving me totally inspired.

      9. the whole area is so great! I love the colors you chose and I have always loved that scripture. I might have to steal this idea from you.

      10. very cool! I love how clean, creative and functional it looks! good job!

      11. Great project and I love how you set up that wall above the desk!

      12. Very cute! It's nice to have all the reminders together! :)

      13. I have always had a center where things are shared with family I love the way yours looks organized and all in one place come see me at

      14. Great Tutorial, thanks for sharing, Karima x

        saw you on sweet peas.

      15. Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday! The rosette (not sure if that is what they are called, the things in each corner) give the frames a nice detailed finish. Hope to see you this week!

      16. Hey Connie,

        I know you already saw that I FEATURED you yesterday, BUT I wanted to make sure to stop by and leave a comment for you. I love the yellow bulletin board, it makes me happy, I love yellow, and the design is pretty cool too. I love how you framed the boards all pretty, they look so custom!!

        You did a super great job, and it looks like something anyone can do, which is even more awesome. As always you really amaze me with your projects, and I am HAPPILY your newest follower girl.

        Thanks so much for linking up to my party :)
        I appreciate all your support so much, you don't even know.

        Hugs, Bella **Features from week #43 & 44** @ Bella Before and After
        **PARTY PLANNING TUESDAYS** @ Euro Style Cakes. Party planning tips, decorations, invitations, and recipes welcome to link up.

      17. What a fabulous project! Thank you for sharing this at my Open House party.

      18. I love that fabric on the bulletin board! Very cheery! I would love to have you link up with Creative Me Monday at The Southern Institute! My linky party runs all week long. Here's the link:

        Hope to see you there!


      19. I love your boards, you did a great job on them. I featured them at So Creative.


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