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How I Made my Retro-Style Bulletin Board for my Craft Room

Updated on May 8, 2014

DIY Bulletin Board in Your Style

We recently moved and for the first time -- ever -- I have a craft room/office of my very own. Sound the horns, raise the roof and celebrate along with me! Sorry, I digress...

One thing I knew I wanted was a "command center", if you will. This included a bulletin board. The ready-made ones I found were either boring, expensive or a combination board (like chalkboard - bulletin or white board - bulletin). So, I decided to make my own.

The craft room/office color scheme is -- white, off white, turquoise/aqua, lime green and black. I wanted to be sure to have some of those colors incorporated in the bulletin board I made so, off I go to find the fabric. It sets the tone for the project.

Below is the walk-thru of my creation with lots of pictures. No sewing or power tools needed. It was easy and fun!

Let's get started!

*All images belong to Mandee - DecoratingforEvents on Squidoo. Please do not use without permission.

Find a Great Fabric

I found a paisley design in just the right colors to use for the fabric on the bulletin board. It only took about 1/2 a yard or less. That makes most all fabrics affordable for the project.

Then I choose paint colors for the frame that complemented the fabric. It was easy!

Retro Patterned Fabrics - I Love Mine!

Retro Typewriter Keys Keyboard I Spy TYPE from Windham By the Fat Quarter
Retro Typewriter Keys Keyboard I Spy TYPE from Windham By the Fat Quarter

Maybe for your room you want a more "office" feel. How about this retro typewriter fabric. The blue is wonderful!

 

Gathering my Supplies - for making my custom bulletin board

DIY Project - Memo Board
DIY Project - Memo Board

I needed the bulletin board and fabric. I already had the rest of the supplies which is a money saver! Below is what I used.

Supplies:

* Bulletin Board (mine was 1-1/2 feet by 2 feet or 18" by 24")

* Fabric -- this is where your style comes out. Use anything from a solid to a wild print!

* Spray Adhesive

* Paint for the frame -- I used a dry brush technique to give it an aged/vintage look that requires a base and top coat color. You can use whatever color(s) you want.

* Foam Paint Brush

* 1" Chip Brush Paint Brush

* Trim -- I used a natural rope with a 1/4" diameter. You can use anything you like: ribbon, rick rack, twine, rope, etc...

Tools Needed:

* Ruler

* Scissors

* Hot glue gun and glue sticks

* Iron

I have painter's tape in the photo but I ended up using Glad Press'n Seal instead to protect the painted frame from the spray adhesive. You can see it in the photos below. Try it yourself!

You need a Plain Bulletin Board - This one is Great!

Quartet Bulletin Board, Cork Board, 2' x 3', Oak Wood Finish Frame (MWDB2436-ECR)
Quartet Bulletin Board, Cork Board, 2' x 3', Oak Wood Finish Frame (MWDB2436-ECR)

This bulletin board is a great size for almost any room in the house. Mine was a bit smaller because of where I was going to hang it.

Measure your available space first and then purchase a bulletin board.

That way you'll be buying the right size for your room.

 

Step by Step for my DIY Bulletin Board - Just click the photo or arrow to go through the steps

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I set the board on a basket so I could paint the frame top and sides easily. I started by painting the frame black.I didn't worry about full coverage. Remember, I wanted it to look vintage or aged so the wood peeking through was great. I let this dry completely.I didn't have the lime green paint so I mixed an apple green with white acrylic paint to get a more "yellow" or lime color.I blended the colors with another small paint brush until I liked it.I used my chip brush next. To do a dry brush technique, I dipped just the ends into the lime paint and then dabbed it on the paper plate.I dabbed until little paint was left on the uneven bristles.This is what it looks like when I just make one stroke over the black paint. Dry brushing is layering or going back over it until it looks good.Here it is after I have gone over it a few times. I liked it so I moved onto the next side. Let it dry completely.I ironed & cut my fabric about 2" larger than the inside portion of the bulletin board. I pressed my straight edge ruler against the frame...with the fabric over it and drew a line with an ink pen. I did this on all 4 sides and then cut it out. It should fit perfectly inside the frame.Here is the fabric cut and ready to be adhered to the board.I sprayed the adhesive on the board only because I wanted it to be "repositionable" until I had the bubbles worked out and it in place.I laid the fabric at the bottom edge first and worked my way up. I used my trusty ruler to push out any bubbles working from the bottom to the top.I cut my rope for the top and bottom portions first making sure it fit frame to frame. I cut my side pieces. I used my glue gun to attach the rope.I glued to top and bottom rope first and then went back to do both sides. I attached the hanging hardware that came with the bulletin board. Finished!Here's a close up of my DIY retro style bulletin board.I just love it!!! Can't wait to hang it on the wall.
I set the board on a basket so I could paint the frame top and sides easily. I started by painting the frame black.
I set the board on a basket so I could paint the frame top and sides easily. I started by painting the frame black.
I didn't worry about full coverage. Remember, I wanted it to look vintage or aged so the wood peeking through was great. I let this dry completely.
I didn't worry about full coverage. Remember, I wanted it to look vintage or aged so the wood peeking through was great. I let this dry completely.
I didn't have the lime green paint so I mixed an apple green with white acrylic paint to get a more "yellow" or lime color.
I didn't have the lime green paint so I mixed an apple green with white acrylic paint to get a more "yellow" or lime color.
I blended the colors with another small paint brush until I liked it.
I blended the colors with another small paint brush until I liked it.
I used my chip brush next. To do a dry brush technique, I dipped just the ends into the lime paint and then dabbed it on the paper plate.
I used my chip brush next. To do a dry brush technique, I dipped just the ends into the lime paint and then dabbed it on the paper plate.
I dabbed until little paint was left on the uneven bristles.
I dabbed until little paint was left on the uneven bristles.
This is what it looks like when I just make one stroke over the black paint. Dry brushing is layering or going back over it until it looks good.
This is what it looks like when I just make one stroke over the black paint. Dry brushing is layering or going back over it until it looks good.
Here it is after I have gone over it a few times. I liked it so I moved onto the next side. Let it dry completely.
Here it is after I have gone over it a few times. I liked it so I moved onto the next side. Let it dry completely.
I ironed & cut my fabric about 2" larger than the inside portion of the bulletin board. I pressed my straight edge ruler against the frame...
I ironed & cut my fabric about 2" larger than the inside portion of the bulletin board. I pressed my straight edge ruler against the frame...
with the fabric over it and drew a line with an ink pen. I did this on all 4 sides and then cut it out. It should fit perfectly inside the frame.
with the fabric over it and drew a line with an ink pen. I did this on all 4 sides and then cut it out. It should fit perfectly inside the frame.
Here is the fabric cut and ready to be adhered to the board.
Here is the fabric cut and ready to be adhered to the board.
I sprayed the adhesive on the board only because I wanted it to be "repositionable" until I had the bubbles worked out and it in place.
I sprayed the adhesive on the board only because I wanted it to be "repositionable" until I had the bubbles worked out and it in place.
I laid the fabric at the bottom edge first and worked my way up. I used my trusty ruler to push out any bubbles working from the bottom to the top.
I laid the fabric at the bottom edge first and worked my way up. I used my trusty ruler to push out any bubbles working from the bottom to the top.
I cut my rope for the top and bottom portions first making sure it fit frame to frame. I cut my side pieces. I used my glue gun to attach the rope.
I cut my rope for the top and bottom portions first making sure it fit frame to frame. I cut my side pieces. I used my glue gun to attach the rope.
I glued to top and bottom rope first and then went back to do both sides. I attached the hanging hardware that came with the bulletin board. Finished!
I glued to top and bottom rope first and then went back to do both sides. I attached the hanging hardware that came with the bulletin board. Finished!
Here's a close up of my DIY retro style bulletin board.
Here's a close up of my DIY retro style bulletin board.
I just love it!!! Can't wait to hang it on the wall.
I just love it!!! Can't wait to hang it on the wall.

Doesn't it Look Great?

Retro Style Bulletin Board
Retro Style Bulletin Board

My motto is "If I can't find what I want -- I'll DIY it!"

DIY-ing is an adventure, fun and makes me smile, just like this bulletin board. I love the colors, the print and the vintage or retro feel of the frame and rope trim. I can't wait to get it hung and start using it.

Now all I need are some cool, coordinating push pins. Guess I'll start looking. If I don't find them, it's back to DIY-ing!

DIY Bulletin Board Supplies - Get Everything You Need to Make Yours

Krylon K07020007 10.25-Ounce Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive Spray
Krylon K07020007 10.25-Ounce Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive Spray

I think it's important to use a spray adhesive that allows you to re-position the fabric before it sticks forever. This one will do the trick!

 
Chip Brush Set 12/Pkg-1" Width
Chip Brush Set 12/Pkg-1" Width

I can never have too many Chip brushes. I find the 1" size is perfect for most of my projects but they are available in bigger widths too!

 
Wellington Cordage 11345 1/4-Inch X 100-Feet Natural Fiber Twisted Sisal Strand Rope / Twine
Wellington Cordage 11345 1/4-Inch X 100-Feet Natural Fiber Twisted Sisal Strand Rope / Twine

This is the exact rope (twisted sisal) I used for this project as the trim. You can change it up and use ribbon, twine, rick rack and more!

 

Check Back...

You'll have to check back to see finished pictures of my office/craft room "Command Center". Not quite ready to unveil that yet!

Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ DecoratingforEvents ~



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    • sheilamarie78 profile image

      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      Congratulations on getting your own space! This bulletin board is groovy! (That's retro-talk.)

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It's so cool to hear you finally have your very own craft room. There is nothing like having your own space to create - take it from me. Your bulletin board for your new craft space is perfect and very pretty to boot. Well done.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      I love the creative bulletin board and your instructions about how you made it. Great motto to make it if you can't find what you want. Awesome page. Thanks!

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      rebekah-grelen 3 years ago

      Now that is CUTE! :) Thanks for sharing this project! Great job and fabulous lens!

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Great idea! I am doing this. Thank you!

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I have a cork storyboard that is screaming for me to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I saw something like this yesterday and liked the idea. It's nice to make something that goes with your décor.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I love this idea. I've seen boards like this, but never the process of how to do it. Now I'm brave enough to do my own! Thank you.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Really neat craft project!

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      The wife is notorious for changing the backgrounds on our bulletin boards.

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Be happy to Mickie! I'll let you know when I have it finished!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Yes! As the "Glue Gun Slinger Contributor" for Squidoo, this is definitely a project I would recommend and I am willing to try. Would love for you to "review" the spray adhesive for me!

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      EpicFarms 3 years ago

      This is great! I think I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try ;o)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      What a fabulous bulletin board and craft idea! I absolutely love it!

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Very creative ! I plan to add this project in my craft room. Thanks for the inspiration !

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very nice and creative idea, congratulations on your new room. It sounds like you're going to enjoy it!

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Neat idea and I would try it. Thanks for sharing!