As my last project before school starts back up (which I am very sad about–where did the summer go?!) I decided to get organized and create some bulletin boards for the area above my desk in our basement. Wanting to veer away from the traditional wood-framed single board, I created these three, using thrift store frames and some other materials.
A guy friend of mine over the weekend informed me that he likes to scroll all the way down and look at my finished product, then read backwards to see the steps taken. So I thought I’d start with the finished boards first, then give you the tutorial. Thanks for reading Brandon : )
So, here’s the very easy how-to:
- First, I purchased 3 frames from a thrift store. I paid $10 for the trio. I made sure to wipe them all off before beginning!
- I used a screw driver to remove the cardboard backing, the glass, and the lovely print from each frame : )
- I used the cardboard backing as a pattern to cut my cork board. This I purchased on a roll from Michaels:
- I decided to use a gray paint paired with an antique stain to give it a distressed look:
- I mixed equal parts paint and stain, and then brushed the mixture on the frame with a bristled brush:
- Using a slightly damp paper towel, I wiped back the paint gently to activate the stain and create that “antiqued” look I was aiming for:
- After allowing plenty of time for the frames to dry (they were still a bit tacky even hours later!), I fit the cork board pieces into each frame and replaced the backing:
And you’re done!
Have a great week…I’ll be busy setting up my classroom one last time, but will hopefully find some spare moments to squeeze in another post this week!