Farmhouse Bulletin Board

Who didn’t love sleep overs at Grama and Grampa’s house.  My grand parents were 500 miles away so I went for an extended visit summer.   My grandparents guest room was amazing to me, it had a makeup dresser, a night light (only one I saw like it), a queen size bed and a hand crocheted bedspread. That bedroom and my Grama’s porch were my two favorite childhood spots.

My own little ones live a couple hours away and are starting to get old enough to sleep overnight without Mom and Dad.  I want to build happy memories for them like I have.

This one is going in a bedroom and I added faerie accessories.

Farmhouse Bulletin Board 2

Lets get started:

Bulletin FrameYou will need two 1″ by 2″ boards 8 feet long.

Cut them into five  pieces –  three 24″ long and two 48″ long.

Cut a 1/2″ thick piece of plywood to 12″ by 21″

Sand all the pieces very well, stain and let dry.

Place all your pieces together. Make sure their is a small space between the plywood and 1 by 2  boards for the fabric you will attach later.

 

 

 

Joint AttachingMaking sure the joints are square, drill and then screw  all the 1 by 2 joints.  Go slowly you don’t want the wood to crack.

 

 

Bulletin Board

I used two layers of cardboard for padding, you could use cork board,  a rubber mat, anything that will accept the board pins.  Glue cardboard to the plywood.

Cut a piece of fabric to 14 by 23″   Press the seams  1/2 inch so it doesn’t show  on the back once attached.

Place the fabric over the padding, make sure the fabric is tight and staple to the side of the plywood.

Place the bulletin board inside the frame,  Using a kitchen knife push any ruffled material into the cracks.  Drill and screw into the frame from the botton and the sides.

Attach the chicken wire with staples along the back.  Pull it snug and staple.

Cover the ends of the wire with white electrical tape, or glue on fabric strips to protect your walls when hanging.

Attach a hanger and start decorating.

I made this arrangement for the girls visit.   I think it would look really cute with  farmhouse animal cut outs, and a word sign that said, “Life’s Better on the Farm”, or “I wish I may, I wish I might, I wish i get a farm tonight”.  You could use a bunch of long grass to dry instead of the flowers.

Clipboard

Clipboard

Herman bless him gave me roses a couple weeks back.  I took the best of the rose leftovers, tied them with a ribbon and hung them to dry.

DIY, Farmhouse, FaerieI used my silhouette for the remaining decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons Learned

I tried to avoid the power tools and make this with a staple gun and glue.  It worked pretty well until I tightened the chicken wire too much and the sides turned outwards.  I  ended up removing all the staples and starting over using the drill and screwdriver. I could have used an air nailer as well.

Don’t use too much glue on the bulletin board.  I ended up having to sand the glue off the back and re-stain because the excess had dripped through where it showed.

Enjoy the day.  Leanna

 

 

 

 

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