Organization can be beautiful as well as functional. I bought a matching pair of pictures at a thrift store with the intention of using the frames to make bulletin boards. Here’s a sneak peek at the first one.
The frame was in great shape, but the green and gold needed to go.
Kilz latex primer to the rescue. Use a couple of coats of primer- don’t worry too much about complete coverage. Distress as much as you’d like with a fine grit sand paper- I use a sponge sanding block. Add a coat of polycrylic and let dry. Then apply glaze and wipe off as much or as little as you’d like to get the finish you want. There’s no right or wrong here- it’s all about what look you want for your project.
You’ll notice I didn’t add paint over the top of the primer. As I mentioned in my end table project, the primer looks a lot like chalk paint and since I’m putting polycrylic on top, I decided to go with it.
I didn’t take pictures of the glazing and finishing steps, but it’s the same process as the end table project mentioned above. After glazing, add another coat of polycrylic. Next, you’ll need a cork board. Have you noticed how expensive cork is? Yikes! Back to the thrift store!
Remove the cork board from the frame and cut down to size if needed. I used my RotoZip, but it was probably over kill for this project. The cork boards are really flimsy so I think you could use an exacto knife just fine.
Next, cut a piece of drop cloth a few inches larger than your cork board. You don’t need yours to overlap like mine. I had thought I would need to make the back look nicely finished, but I ended up covering it with a piece of cardboard once it was in the frame. I wrapped the fabric over the cork board and taped it to the back temporarily, in case I messed it up and needed to start over. Not that I ever mess things up and need to start over. Mmm-hmmm.
*For any graphic with words, you’ll need to flip the image. I use Publisher, but any photo editing software should be able to do it. Print them on a laser printer or copier.
Arrange them face down on your fabric and tape into place. Use a cotton ball and rub CitraSolv concentrate over the paper. Below you can see the header is done and I’ve just applied the CitraSolv to the top graphic. Carefully peel up the paper to see if the graphic has transferred to your liking. If not, apply more CitraSolv. Be very careful not to shift your pattern. If you like a nice crisp graphic, this probably isn’t the method for you. It will look worn and faded, but you could use a paint pen to sharpen the image. Me? I go for easy, so I leave it as is.
I’ve used this process before without any problems, but this time the CitraSolv left a ring around the graphics. See? I never mess anything up. ~sigh~
What to do? I added a little CitraSolv to another cotton ball and went lightly over the rest of the fabric. Whew, it worked! Hot glue the fabric into place on the back, pop it into the frame, add a cardboard backing if needed and staple into place.
Close-up of the header:
Distressing and glazing detail:
Another look at the new bulletin board:
I love how it turned out. Now to decide what to do with the other frame. Another cork board? Magnetic board? Chalk board?
What would you use to make your own bulletin board?