DIY burlap-covered bulletin board
August 8, 2011
Do you remember this ugly frame I picked up a while back at a yard sale for $3?
I've been hemming and hawing over what to do with it, and finally decided to turn it into a burlap-covered bulletin board for my office area. I have wall space that is perfect for a large statement piece like this (the frame is 35” x 24”). So this weekend, I finally got working on it.
Here's what I used for supplies:
- Frame: $3
- Bulletin board tiles: 2 packages x $5 each = $10
- Burlap: 1 yard at $3.99
- Spraypaint: $5.99
- Cardboard (from old box I had): $0
- Total amount: $23
Here's how I did it:
First, I popped out the inner canvas-wrapped layer of the frame (it was all dirty, and I only wanted the wood portion of the frame). Then I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the back of the frame. I cut it to fit right inside the indented portion of the frame where I just popped out the canvas layer.
Then I spraypainted the frame (it took three coats and the entire can to cover that sucker!). The paint was Krylon glossy in Ivy Leaf.
While the paint was drying, I covered my cardboard with corkboard tiles. I used the sticky pieces that came with the tiles to attach them to the cardboard, but in hindsight, I wish I had used more or used glue to stick them down really well.
Next, I cut a piece of burlap just a little bigger than my cardboard, and wrapped it around the backside of the cardboard and glued it down with a hot glue gun. I tried to pull the burlap tight, but it's a little loose on the front. Like I said above, if I had secured the cork tiles better and pulled the burlap a little tighter, I think it would look a little better. Oh well.
Then I placed my new corkboard inside my frame and used small nails to secure it.
Finally I hammered two picture hangers on the back of my frame, and my handsome hubby helped me hang it.
Here's the finished product. I really love how it turned out! I have big plans for it, include a little bunting to go across the top. In a couple of weeks, I plan to debut my redone office space, so stay tuned!
P.S. I purchased those adorable hooks from Cost Plus World Market for $1.99 each, and the canisters are from Ikea.