Welcome back to DIY Summer School! Today's theme is "Craft Store" and I've chosen to share with you one of my favorite DIY projects: The fabric wrapped bulletin board in my home office. I've been wanting to properly share the instructions with you for, like, ever so once again a huge thanks goes to Beth of designPost interiors for inviting me to this series and giving me the motivation!
Then I saw a version in the ridiculously gorgeous apartment of Alaina Kaczmarski from The Every Girl and it dawned on me I could probably make it. I pulled an old bulletin board out of the basement, bought some duck cloth, nailheads and spray adhesive, and went to town. It worked like a charm.
And guess what? I started to write up the tutorial for you, and then happened to see that Alaina had actually done one! And I had made mine the exact same way she did. So, rather than try to reinvent the wheel, I'm just going to send you to Alaina's for a minute to get all the details:
- A solid color fabric without any obvious straight lines or patterns will be more forgiving of any slight crookedness as you apply. Trust me from experience, a pattern that you have to line up perfectly straight, like stripes or trellis, will drive you crazy forever if you don't get it right.
- Start in the center of the fabric and work your way out to smooth the wrinkles. The spray adhesive doesn't dry immediately so you have some time to pull up the fabric and re-stretch it if you need to.
- I used a yard stick to space the nailheads evenly. Just lay the stick alongside the frame and use it as a rough guide to space the nailheads about an inch apart.
- Use the inside edge of the frame as a guide to make the line of nailheads straight. If the edge of each nailhead just slightly touches the frame, your line will be perfect.
- Make sure you place a nailhead in each corner (even if you have to get slightly off in your spacing). If there isn't one in the corners, they'll look rounded when you stand back to look at it.
- Once the nailheads are down, you can spray a little more adhesive on the frame.
- I used a nail gun to attach the fabric to the back of the bulletin board and it worked perfectly.
- Here's a detail shot of how I folded the corners (I basically did a hospital fold like when you're tucking the corners of your sheets at the end of your bed):
- To keep the staples from scratching the wall, I covered them with duct tape on the back. It might not be the prettiest but it does the job well!
The most fun thing is changing it seasonally with new inspiration and the colors that I'm currently craving.
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Now before you race to Hobby Lobby, be sure to check out today's other craft store themed DIY's!
DIY Summer School, brought to you by:
Beth, designPOST interiors
Jennifer, Dimples & Tangles
Claire, Claire Brody Designs
Mallory, Charming in Charlotte
Lindsey, Lindsey Brooke Design
Kevin, Thou Swell
Sarah, Life on Virginia Street
Laura, Avery Street Design
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July 9th: Wildcard
July 23rd: Craft Store
August 6th: Hardware Store
August 20th: Found in Nature
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