A few months ago I wrote about how I used the top of an Ikea table as a canvas for this butterfly painting. I was then left me with the rest of the table. I knew I would be able to use the leftover pieces for something. Someday.
Months ago I had made this bulletin board from scrap material and ribbon. It’s a little wonky and completely impractical because it was basically just a frame with no solid back. Even with two layers of cork board it was still a too flimsy. Oh well, it was something I threw together on a whim and I have been meaning to do something about it for a while now.
I decided to use the left over pieces of the Ikea table to make a bulletin board that would be more functional than this prototype. I also wanted to create something a little different so I thought I’d also use the legs of the table to create a few mini boards.
So, here goes:
1. Apply chalkboard paint.
3. Once the cork was in place, I pulled the fabric over the cork; this gave a very clean finished edge to the line where the bulletin board meets the chalkboard. Tuck extra fabric behind board and staple in place.
4. It was difficult to remove a bolt from one of the legs so I left it in place and joined two legs together. This gave me a long mini board, but I was ok with that.
The legs were very easy to cover:
First I applied cork to the edge that would be the front and then just covered them with fabric.
I attached brackets on the backs of the boards so they would hang on the wall without any hanging apparatus showing. In this photo, the brackets are too low. This caused the board to lean out too far when hung so I had to readjust and raise the bracket up, almost flush with the top edge.
So here is what I ended up with:
I like it much better than the wonky one I had up there! I also think the narrow “mini” boards could be great to use in a variety of small spaces and they can be hung vertically or horizontally.
Well, this is just a small start to what I have going on in this room, but it’s a start. Stay tuned for more, which I’m hoping will be SOON.
Oh, I also thought I would create a few decorative tacks out of these beads, true you can buy decorative tacks anywhere, but I didn’t feel like making a special trip and my glue gun was still hot, so…why not?