Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

We are entering the third trimester of this March Madness baby I’ve created! Day #21!! We’re two-thirds of the way there ya’ll! Many of you have mentioned that you will miss March when this is all over. Honestly, I will too. I have really enjoyed meeting you guys here each day. BUT, I’ll still be here! Just not every day! So ya’ll better make sure you still come by and visit me and say, “Hi” okay?

Now who’s ready for a makeover? Yesterday I shared this French-Inspired Coffee Table and today I’m sharing what I did with the left-over fabric I had from that project.

Here are the thrift store parts I used for this makeover:


I found this great artwork (as in the frame is fab, the art not so much) for $12.25, but it was half price for green tags that day, so $6! Not bad for brand-new-in-the-box, even if it was a Kmart special at one time. The bulletin board was a little over a $1 on a separate trip to the same thrift store.

Here’s what I did with them:

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

I’ve had that bulletin board and another just like it for over a year now and it finally occurred to me the other day that maybe I could cut it to fit the frame. I think I had imagined that since it was cork, it would break apart all over the place if I tried to run it through the saw. Of course I was wrong.

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Here’s a quick rundown of how I put it together, but you can probably already see how simple this was to do.

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

 1. Find a fabulous frame and an old cork board.

2.Cut the cork board to fit the frame. (A table saw worked perfectly for this.)

3. Paint your fabulous frame. (I used Rustoleum Blossom White spray paint.)

4. Apply spay adhesive to the fabric back and the surface of the cork board. Follow directions on wait time before adhering.

5. Fold over excess fabric on edges and secure with hot glue.

6. Hold in place with duck tape. (My cork board was flush with the lip of the frame.)

7. Cover with brown paper or card board/poster board, cut to fit. I used the stiff cardboard picture that came out of a larger frame, cut to size.  Staple gun or hot glue in place.

8. Add hanging hardware and voila!

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

I used the same graphic as I did on the table. This is one of my favorites. Again this is Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper and all you do is print your image onto the paper in the reverse, then iron it onto your fabric. I found it on Amazon.

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

I also used it recently on the chair pad I added to this sweet rocking chair:

Shabby Chic Rocking Chair/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Shabby Little Rocker

The tiny polaroids are of me and my good friend Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule, at a blogging conference last July:

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Boy stripes really do make you look wider lol (that’s me!).

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Not too shabby for a thrifted Kmart frame and an old bulletin board!

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

If you missed any posts in this fun March Madness series, you can catch up here:

March Madness Week #1 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Today is a Good Day

2. Fancy Chalkboards

3. Flea Market Swap: Fabric Covered Basket

4. Lamp to Memo Chalkboard

5. Sewing Cabinet Side Table

6. Stool Revived

7. Cigar Box Upcycle

March Madness Week #2 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Headboard to Organizer

2. Weathered Grey Caddy

3. Faux-Drawer Tray

4. French Linen Server

5. Three French Trays

6. Rosette Picture Frame

7. Planter Box from a Thrift Store Throw-Away

March Madness Week #3 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Basket Upcycle

2. Paris, Table for Two

3. Owl Figurine Refresh

4. Paint a table & Keep the Beautiful Wood too 

5. Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

6. French-Inspired Coffee Table

I’ve still got 10 more thrifty makeovers coming your way, including my Mom’s bedroom set! I’ll be sharing that on Monday. (Think Oak, 1985.)






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  1. Too cute!

  2. Maureen Provost Ryan says

    Dear Christy,
    I just want to say how much I appreciate all of your talent and projects — bravo! Great job! Every day there’s something new and delightful here! Thank you for doing all this and for sharing your expertise. Excellent, excellent. My favorite piece recently was the repurposed headboard-and-footboard which turned into a lovely bench. Love the color and the style.

    • Thanks so much for taking a moment to leave such a sweet comment, Maureen! I enjoy sharing my thrifty adventures and it is even more fun when I know you guys are enjoying them too! The bench is a favorite of mine too. 🙂

  3. Your ideas are simply fabulous Christy! I wish I could be in that brain of yours to see how you come up with all of these wonderful ideas! Glad to see that you’re in VA Beach, so I can take a scroll down to your shop. I live in Suffolk, VA.

  4. Love it Christy – such a pretty bulletin board!

  5. Oh that’s an awesome makeover Christy!! The “paris” is perfect and makes it! Love our photos!!! Such a fun time. 🙂 And no those stripes do not make you look wider silly!!! LOL You are beeeaaauuutiful! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the rest of March!

  6. Love your bulletin board in its beautiful frame. What a darling item to create. Thanks for your time and efforts in sharing your interesting posts.