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February 20, 2012

DIY: Recovering a Bulletin Board

I picked up a bulletin board at Goodwill for two dollars and some change. I’ve thought about recovering one for the blog, so…score!

I laid down about 1/4 yard of fabric (from a 50% off bin…cuz that’s how I roll) face down and layered it with some batting and the bulletin board (also face down)–don’t be confused, there is cork on both sides of my board.

I trimmed the fabric and batting down a bit and started tacking it all the way around.

On the front, I criss-crossed some ribbon and hammered it in place with furniture tacks. Why a hammer, you ask? Apparently, the ribbon was pretty hard to get through. Who knew?

Attach the excess ribbon on the back with a stapler. If you try to tack it, you may want to lose your mind. I started off using tacks, but the ends were poking through the front. I used wire cutters to cut down the length of the tacks, but then they wouldn’t hold. So, trust me, just grab the stapler. : )

Worth it in the end, right? It really didn’t take too long. Honestly, the longest part was figuring out how to tack the excess ribbon on the back. I would say that this is a 30 minute project–something you can do during nap time or while you watch The Golden Girls.

I hope you are having a happy Monday!

Enjoying the Good Life,


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  1. luv it! i’m getting ready to recover mine. it’s actually a canvas picture in a beautiful old frame. can’t wait to start on it.

    • goodwillsc

      good idea!

  2. Wow! What a great transition! It looks amazing!

    I hope you’ll link this project up to my new link party!

    Mauvin’ Monday


  3. While you watch the Golden Girls! Priceless. Thank you for this tutorial, you make it seem reallllllyyyyy easy. I am so not crafty, but I might just try this myself. I’m slowly decorating my home office (tiny extra bedroom) and the first thing I bought was a 2′ x 3′ bulletin board but it’s so…brown.

    • goodwillsc

      You should totally try it! It really is easy and adds a lot to your space for a little bit of moolah.

  4. I’ve always wanted to do this…just didn’t know where to start. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. I love these things! Thanks for sharing the how to 🙂

    • goodwillsc

      You’re so welcome!

  6. I love this, and the fabric is great! I like using bulletin boards for pictures and stuff, too. Sometimes its almost like adding a piece of art to a room.

    • goodwillsc

      So true! Easy, inexpensive, functional art.

  7. So cute, love the fabric you picked. Really pretty. I need to make one! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Cathy!

  8. Wow that’s quite a transformation! So cute! And the yellow is perfect for spring :o) I love a nice bulletin board to pin pictures and memories on!