Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apartment Progress... Making An Oversize Bulletin Board

(picture hooks in place on wall)
(going through pics)

(click on image for a detailed close-up look)

The 2' x 4' leftover wood from the platform bed is now a wonderfully oversized bulletin board! Here's how I did it:

1 - Screwed two D-ring picture hangers on back, an inch from the edge, about 3/4 up from bottom and noted measurement down from the top.
2 - Held it up to the wall to see where it looked best. While holding it up with one hand, measured from the ceiling to the top of the wood.
3 - Measured the space of the wall horizontally. Subtracted width of the wood and divided by half.
4 - Hung two picture hooks by adding the measurement from step 1 plus step 2 to give me how far down from the ceiling, and the measurement from step 3 plus 1" to see how far in it should go.
5 - Hung in place, checked with a level and din't care that it's a little off!!

When I first thought of using the leftover piece of wood for the bulletin board I thought to add self-adhesive cork but found that my push pins went into the wood easily. Always one to save a step and $$, I had no hesitation to go without the cork.

I spent hours going through tear sheets in my inspiration file and bookmarked images on my computer to see what I wanted up. I printed images from the computer onto photo paper which I thought came out really nice. I love the wood push pins, though think T-pins would be great too....


aiisa g said...

fantastic! in my last job I came to really love using map pins for pinning up visual research

laura said...

yeah the pins are so simple, delicate, and elegant, my three favorite things :O)

Xing said...

You make it look so easy!
Great how-to!
The little bits of wood showing through are so lovely~ there's no words for those wood push pins!


Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

I'm really liking the look of the raw wood peeking through, especially with those wooden pins!

laura said...

thanks ladies! i love the look of the wood too :O)

Christina said...

Awesome way to save resources! I like the rustic look with the high fashion photos.

And you know they have chalk board, magnetic and dry erase paint, should a similar future project surface.

laura said...

dry erase paint?? that's a new one, thanks christina!

yes, i love the look of the high gloss and high design against the rough grain of the wood...

Christina said...

Yes, m'am!

(Although, I cannot take credit for knowing about it, my sis in law told me, to be fair! : ))

LenkaLovee said...

that came out great! and so easy to make! i've been wanting an oversize bulletin board for ahwile now..this is perfect! thanks for sharing! :D

Candy said...

this looks amazing. great size and custom built!