August 13, 2009

Painted Bulletin Boards

My oldest is in kindergarten now and starting to bring home lots of papers and projects for display on my fridge. My youngest likes to knock everything off the fridge, so I needed a solution that would proudly display art work and assignments without little hands getting to them.

I bought some inexpensive bulletin boards, one for each child, and decided to spruce them up a bit. I taped the frame, which was already painted, and used acrylic paint and a sponge brush to paint the cork. Sorry the pictures aren't very good, I did this at night after the kids were in bed.

Warning: cork sucks up A LOT of paint. I did several, thin layers to get a deep, saturated look. I finished it off with a layer of Modge Podge to seal the paint and I'm very happy with the result.

They look good just like this, huh? You could really make these fancy with painted designs, monograms, or stamps on top of your base color, but mine are planning on being covered with crayon drawings and writing samples soon, so I decided to save myself some effort. Overall, this project took me about 2 hours. Not bad.

Send me a picture if you decide to make one of your own! Maybe we'll tack it on our boards.


Tiffany said...

I love, love, love this idea!!! I never have any places to put my beautiful artwork :)

I have never used modge podge before? Where and what is it?

Brittney said...

Modge Podge is an all-purpose adhesive that is the consistency of paint. It's a milky color when wet but dries clear. It basically seals things, so they can't get scratched or damaged: paint, photos, wood, paper, anything crafty really. There are generic brands that work just as well also. I got mine at Michaels. Any craft place should carry it.

Send me a photo if you decide to make them! Good to hear from you!

Tiffany said...

Thanks!! I can't wait to make these for the new house!

Where did you get the bulletin boards, if you don't mind me asking?

Brittney said...

I got them at Target for $7 dollars each I think. I had a gift card, so that's where I went first. Walmart has a similar selection and IKEA has some great ones that are really cheap, but I think they are a bit bigger, so measure where you want to hang them and have a general idea of what size you want when you go out to purchase your boards. Good luck!

Summer's Blog said...

I LOVE this! And I think it turned out VERY good. Love the deep saturated color, love the shades you chose, love it all. ...Make me one...??

Whitney said...

Hey Britt! Your mom sent me the link to your blog...I like this cork board idea and have been trying to think of something like this for the same reasons! Cute blog!

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