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Upcycle Your Bulletin Board, Chalkboard, Corkboard, or Dry Erase Board - Shabby Chic Style

Upcycle Your Bulletin Board, Chalkboard, Corkboard, or Dry Erase Board – Shabby Chic Style

Does your Bulletin Board, Chalkboard, Corkboard, or Dry Erase Board look similar to this one? If it does, you may be ready for something new. I know I am, so let's get started!!!

This is an amazing project with amazing results. The only limitation is your imagination, and I must say, my imagination went wild with this one. I must have changed my mind about twenty or twenty-five times trying to decide which way I wanted to go with it. In order to complete this project, you will need to gather the following supplies, and remember, you can change your mind along the way, so nothing is set in stone. Supplies
  1. Bulletin Board, Chalkboard, or Dry erase – for this project, I chose a combination dry erase/cork board that I already had hanging in my office/sewing/crocheting/craft room
  2. Brush cleaner – to clean brushes when you are done
  3. Chalk – you can get this at a craft store – I just used some sidewalk chalk that I had on hand
  4. Chalkboard paint – I grew up in a time when the chalkboards were green, so I chose FolkArt Green #2515.
  5. Crackle medium – FolkArt
  6. Fabric – I chose fabric that was in my stash; you can choose something in your stash or go to your local fabric store and purchase enough to cover the corkboard part of your board, plus 1” extra on the length and the width
  7. Fabric glue spray – I used June Taylor Quilt Basting Spray – this stuff is amazing – there is no smell at all and it sprayed where I wanted it too
  8. Hammer
  9. Nail
  10. Paint – I used paint that I already had on hand – FolkArt Burnt Umber for the base #1618 and FolkArt Wicker White for the finish #987
  11. Paint brushes – various sizes – I used a 2 ½” brush to paint the cork and dry erase and ½” and 1” straight brushes for the wood frame. I also used a 1” brush for the grooves and touch ups
  12. Painter’s tape – I used a 1” size
  13. Paper plate – to put paint and crackle on
  14. Paper towels and/or rags for cleanup
  15. Putty knife – I used this to tuck the fabric under the frame
  16. Ribbon – I used ribbon from my stash – celadon, light pink, and antique white
  17. Rose – I had a rose in my stash that I used – it measures approximately 4 ½”
  18. Sandpaper – I used a fine grade that I had in my stash
  19. Staple gun – you will need this to attach the ribbon to your board – if you don’t want to add the ribbon and already have a hanger on your board, you can skip gathering this
  20. Stir stick – used to stir your paint
  21. Water container – to keep your brushes in when not in use – I put water in a container and add a squirt or two of brush cleaner and put my brushes in this when I am not using them

Instructions Clean the dry erase thoroughly with water and paper towels or a rag. Wipe dry. Sand any wood parts of your board until smooth and then wipe dust off with a clean rag or paper towels. Sand your dry erase to make a little rough, so the chalkboard paint will stick. Wipe dust off with a clean rag or paper towels. Next, you will need to tape strips next to the frame on both sides of your board – front and back.

Now you are ready to paint. For the shabby chic look, you will want to start with your dark paint, so load up your brush with the burnt umber and paint the back part of your frame, let dry, and then do the same to the front; allowing the entire frame to dry in between. It is very important to allow your paint to dry before going on to the next step or you will end up with paint everywhere that you don’t want it to end up and your project will be a mess. While your frame is drying, it is a good time to clean your brushes to get ready for the next step.

Now that your frame is dry, it is time to use the chalk paint. However, before you start with the chalk paint, you will need to remove the tape from around the frame and re-tape on top of the frame to protect it from the chalk paint. You will need to protect the entire frame that is surrounding the area that you want to paint with the chalk paint. After your taping is done, paint the dry erase board with the chalkboard paint. When you first start painting with the chalkboard paint, it will look very thin. Do not worry. You will be applying more coats of paint. Just paint the board evenly and thoroughly, and you will be fine. When you are done applying your first coat of chalkboard paint, allow the paint to dry for about an hour or so. Keep applying coats of chalkboard paint, until you get the thickness that you want; allowing each coat to dry before going onto the next. *When the chalkboard paint is drying, it will look a little rough. Do not freak out. This is normal. As long as you are evenly painting on each coat of paint, the paint will dry smooth. Do not attempt to smooth it out while it is drying or you will make a mess. If for some reason you get to the end of your coats and your board is rougher than you would like, just use a very fine sand paper to even out the rough spots and then repaint those spots. I applied five coats of chalkboard paint to achieve the look that I wanted. When you are done, clean your brushes, so you will be ready to go on to the next step.

After you are sure that the chalkboard paint is dry, you will need to paint the corkboard side. You can skip this part, if you would like to; however, if your fabric is thin, you might want to give it a coat of paint; just to give a more finished look behind the fabric. Let dry for an hour or so. Now that you have painted both the chalkboard side and the dry erase side, you will need to carefully remove the tape, and re-tape on the inside of the frame. After you have re-taped the inside of the frame, you can paint the crackle on the backside of the board. Let the crackle dry and then crackle the front side. If you are not doing shabby chic, you will skip this part. When the crackle has dried, if you are doing the shabby chic, here is where you will paint with your Wicker White. Paint the backside, let dry, then paint the front side, and let dry.

Now that your painting is complete, you will need to measure your corkboard side; including the frame, and cut a piece of fabric the size of your measurements.

Once you have your fabric cut, lightly spray your basting spray on the cork and position your fabric piece so that is it centered on the cork side and then use the putty knife to push the edges of the fabric evenly under the frame smoothing the fabric as you go.

You are almost done – only a couple more steps to go!!! Once you have your fabric secured, take your chalk and lay it on its side on the chalkboard side. Slide the chalk over the entire chalkboard side until the chalkboard is completely covered in chalk. Don’t skip this step because doing this will help your chalkboard cure, so it will last longer. When the chalkboard is completely covered in chalk, you can erase it with your rag or a paper towel. I will be doing another tutorial on how to make a chalk brush eraser, so keep checking back for an update.

Now you are ready to make the hanger for your board. Measure from the left corner of your board to the center height of where you would like your hanger to hang from and then double the number. For my hanger, I took three spools of ribbon and just braided until I had 24” of braid. When you have the length of braid that you want, just tie off each end, then use the staple gun to attach each end of the braid to the outside top corner of your board.

If you want to add an embellishment, like I did, now is the time to get it out and attach it. I used an antique white rose measuring about 4”. I centered the rose on the ribbon braid and attached it using a very thin wire, so that it would hide the nail, when hung on the wall. And voila!!! Your board is now complete!!!

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Royal Presence
Royal Presence | May 9th 2012 at 1336599433

It looks beautiful! Nice job!
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | May 9th 2012 at 1336608363 - in reply to RoyalPresence

Thank you Royal. I appreciate your comment :-)
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | May 9th 2012 at 1336610382

That is so pretty - thanks for the inspiration! ;-D
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | May 9th 2012 at 1336616156 - in reply to DonnasStuffMore

You are very welcome Donna. Thank you for your comment :-)
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marla radcliffe | May 10th 2012 at 1336667001

Nice transformation for a ordinary board.....looks nice and personized.,..good job!
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | May 10th 2012 at 1336677659

Thank you Marla. Your comment is very much appreciated!!!
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L.Y. | May 10th 2012 at 1336690662

Sweet my friend...
CLOSED... | May 10th 2012 at 1336710499

Wow... That is soooo coool... You are making me want to get Crafty and make things... I am going to have to give this one a try as soon as I get my room set up... Thank you Lori... Fantastic Blog and Information...
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | May 11th 2012 at 1336720981

Thank you L.Y. :-)
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | May 11th 2012 at 1336721087 - in reply to CLOSED

Thank you Sophia. You always know what to say. I am happy that I am causing you to get inspired. I just posted a tutorial on how to make button thumbtacks on my other blog. You can check it out here:
FancyDudsNStuff | May 31st 2012 at 1338487718

Really neat project!!!
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Victorian Rose Inc | May 31st 2012 at 1338523077

Thank you FancyDuds :-)

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