It’s this DIY bulletin board made by the woman who was having the sale:
The frame alone was worth the $5 she was asking for it, so I added it to my pile!
There’s nothing really wrong with it, but I thought I could brighten it up a bit.
I started this makeover by removing the bulletin board and the frame inside the main frame that was covered in fabric.
I also removed the fabric that was attached with a hundred staples:
It ended up being just for fun because I didn’t even use that second frame!
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I gave the rest of the frame a good wipe down with White Lightning and a quick rinse, and I was ready for paint.
I knew I wanted to cover the bulletin board in fabric and the fabric I chose had a white background, so I painted the bulletin board in one generous coat of Cotton:
That way the white in the fabric would stay a nice, bright white.
By not painting complete coats, I was able to get a weathered, beachy look.
Attaching the Fabric to the bulletin board
To attach the fabric to the bulletin board, I turned to my friend, Loctite spray adhesive.
This is the same spray adhesive I use with stencils to hold them firmly in place. To get a more permanent bond, you want to spray both surfaces that you are adhering together and allow them to sit for 10 minutes before bonding them.
I sprayed the bulletin board first and then the fabric and let them sit:
After waiting the suggested 10 minutes, I laid my fabric across the bulletin board and smoothed it out.
I secured it to the back using 1/4″ staples and my cheap staple gun:
Then I inserted the fabric-covered bulletin board into the frame and secured it in place using my Logan Point Driver:
But when I flipped it over, I didn’t love it.
The super bright white of the fabric was not working with the finish and was actually making the Cotton appear yellowish:
The wood of the frame might have tinted the white parts a bit as well. I also felt like the fabric and frame were competing for attention.
Because I can’t stop until I’m completely satisfied, I decided to grab my Silk Fan Deck to see if I had a Silk color that would work well with this fabric.
I thought a solid color would work better here:
I decided to go with Quiet Cove:
Ahh yes…so much better! No need to seal since Silk has a built-in topcoat!
The layered paint I originally chose was just too busy for this print, but the Quiet Cove is so serene and really lets the fabric be the star of the show!
My adorable parents at my Mom’s 70th birthday surprise party:
I just love that photo of them!
We caught her reaction to the surprise on video here:
(If you have a hard time viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.)
My sister and her two daughters flew in from WI and my brother and his daughter drove up from SC. My mom had no idea and she was so surprised!
This soothing coastal color was such a great match to this pretty fabric. The Silk dries to an eggshell finish, so not quite flat, but not a whole lot of sheen either…
If you prefer more sheen, you can always add a coat of Clear Coat in Satin.
And of course I found this pretty fabric at my favorite fabric store…the drapery aisle at HomeGoods!
This is my third project that I’ve gotten out of these curtain panels so far, and I still have plenty left.
And of course, I’m getting as much mileage out of my hydrangeas as I can before they’re gone!
And here’s a quick peek at the back:
I also added D-ring hanging hardware to the back for hanging:
I’ve made a few more fabric-covered bulletin boards in the past where I had to cut the bulletin board to fit.
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this simple makeover! I think I succeeded at making it just a bit happier than before!
Want to see what else I did with this fabric?
It involves this glass door that I completely repurposed!
See what it became HERE!!
That’s one more project complete!
See what I’ve transformed so far at at the links below!
I’ll be back with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls on Thursday sharing what I did with this dresser:
UPDATE: No need to come back! I think you’ll be surprised at what I did with this dresser… see it HERE now!
I hope to see ya’ll then!
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