Every once in a while I'm asked to make a bulletin board. There's several different styles that I make. Bulletin boards can be with or with out a frame, they can be padded with batting to make them puffy. They can have ribbon or gimp crisscrossed to make places to tuck post cards and keepsakes.
The one I made today is a little simpler.
Didn't it turn out fabulous!
This one was for my favorite designer....you know the one that always has me make cute stuff with lots of details.
She gave me the frame and the fabric and told me she wanted it kind of flat with just a little padding. She wanted it to have cork behind it so her client could pin stuff into it. She also wanted to incorporate some hammered antique style upholstery tacks.
So this is how I made it:
First I measured the opening in the back of the frame. It was just shy of 2 feet x 3 feet. So I went to my local hardware store and had them cut a piece of 1/4" thick luan. Luan seemed to be the only wood I found that was soft enough yet sturdy enough to put behind the cork. I also bought 2 packs of 12"x12" square cork tiles.
I used a spray adhesive to adhere the cork tiles to the luan.
My cork tiles extended slightly beyond my wood, so I just used a utility knife to trim the excess off.
I used a thin piece of fleece batting over the the cork.
I simply stapled it to the cork/board at the very edge. Then I trimmed it flush with the sides of my board.
I measured carefully and marked the center of the board and centered the french saying. I cut the fabric slightly larger than my board and wrapped it to the sides and stapled it to the side edges of my board since the staples wouldn't stay in the front where the cork is. Once I trimmed the excess fabric, I fit it into the frame and secured it with Push Style Glazing Points.
We decided to put the upholstery tacks approx. every 4" around the border of the the fabric. I had to leave about 1/2" between the tacks and the frame to insure I wouldn't hit the frame with my hammer.
I bent a few of the upholstery tacks, but that was OK, because I ordered extra.
Since the shank on the upholstery tacks were so long and extended beyond the wood on the back, I stapled a large piece of chip board/cardboard to the back to give it a nice professional finish and to unsure the tacks would not poke anyone or scratch up the wall during the hanging process.
What do you think? Cute huh?!Pin It