Sunday, March 10, 2013

DIY Big Custom-sized Bulletin Board

I wanted more space to tack things up by my desk. This pin board I made with a picture frame and foam board no longer felt big enough.

I wanted a bulletin board that would fill the entire space between my desk and the shelves above. 

I bought a sheet of homasote (board made from recycled newspapers) from Home Depot and had it cut to the exact size I wanted. The sheet cost $24. Had the guy at Home Depot not been willing to cut it for me I could have probably cut it myself with a serrated knife or box cutter.

I thought about covering the board in fabric. I also considered framing it with molding. I ultimately decided to paint the board to match the wall - I wanted it to blend in because I knew there would be a lot going on once the board had things pinned on it.

I screwed the board to the wall.

I didn't want the screws to show so I dug out around them with an x-acto knife so they would sit flat.

Then I plastered over the screws.

I finished off the sides of the board with iron-on wood veneer edging. I got the roll from Lowe's for $6. This was my first time using it and it was easy to work with.

I cut the veneer with scissors, and attached it to the board edge with a hot iron.

I painted the edges and the patched screw holes.

I'm super happy with my new big bulletin board. As you can see it's already pretty full of things.


ashlee said...

What a cool project, this came out really great! I just followed your blog on Google Friend Connect. I hope you can follow mine too over at Have a great night!

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

This is a great pinboard. I love its size! I wonder if we can get board made from recycled newspapers over here in UK. I love that aspect of it too!

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