Apr 21, 2011

Nailhead Bulletin Board: The Tutorial

The desk area is complete in my son's bedroom and above the desk are two nailhead bulletin boards tacked with fun memories.  The nailhead bulletin board originally looked like cork cut to fit inside a regular ol' wooden frame, but I decided to update the look with painter's drop cloth and a some nailheads....

Desk Area

You can do this too...

Gather a framed bulletin board, fabric (I used painter's drop cloths), a staple gun, and a whole lot of these (nailheads):

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Measure the frame and add two inches to each side, then cut the fabric to fit the measurement.  It should look something like this once the bulletin board is placed on top of the cut fabric...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Place the fabric on top of the bulletin board...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Smooth out the fabric and push a nailhead into each corner of the board to hold the fabric in place (I pushed the nail in the cork - not the wooden frame).

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Add nailheads along one side, equal space apart.  Placing a measuring tape along the edge helped me figure out even spacing - every 1 1/2 inch.

Nailhead Bulliten Board


Nailhead Bulliten Board

Once the nailheads are lined up on one side, push nailheads in the opposite side of the board.  Then push the nailheads along the top, then the bottom.  Be sure to pull the fabric tight as you move along.

Double-check to make sure all the nailheads are pushed in the board... if some look out of line, pull them out and secure them again (remember, it's a bulletin board, there will be holes).  If some nailheads were a bit stubborn and didn't go in all the way, then hammer them in.  A rubber mallet is good to use so it won't take the finish off a nailhead.  I don't have one, so here's my version... a metal hammer wrapped with paper towel and taped together...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

The front of the bulletin board should eventually look similar to this...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Then turn the bulletin board over and lay the fabric ends flat.

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Then folder over one edge onto the wooden frame, pulling it tight...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the back of the frame...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Then wrap the corners (just like folding a present)...

Nailhead Bulliten Board


Nailhead Bulliten Board

Staple all around the edges...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

If your fabric has a lot of over-hang (like mine), take the scissors and cut off the excess....

Nailhead Bulliten Board

The back of the bulletin board should now look similar to this...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

And, when it's turned over, look similar to this...

Nailhead Bulliten Board

Time to hang it up....

Desk Area

This project could also be done with a bold colored fabric or a fun print to jazz it up a little.  How have you dressed up your bulletin boards?

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32 comments:

  1. What a great project...I'm definitely putting this one in the inspiration files! Thanks showing how it's done! Love your "rubber mallet" too :)
    I'd love it if you'd link this up to The After Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...

    http://www.3meadowlakecottage.com/2011/05/after-party-and-amazing-kitchen-redo.html

    ~Erin

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  2. Thanks for the invite... I'm all linked up! Sometimes I think my rubber mallet is more creative than the actual project :).

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  3. Nice take on a bulletin board, thanks for sharing

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  4. I've been looking for something to add to my son's bulletin boards in his room. I really like the look of this and it is by far the easiest idea I have come across. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!

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  5. Definitely easy.... the best part is that it takes less than an hour to complete and in the end you have an amazing new board!!!

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  6. This is a great way to freshen up a bulletin board! It looks perfect in your room! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  7. These look fabulous! Great project idea.
    www.itsybitsypaper@yahoo.com

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  8. Thanks y'all!!!

    @LrSchwtz - Thanks for the invite.... I'll be there Wednesday!

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  9. Wow, those are way cool! I misread the title of the post and thought it was nailhead HEADboards, but that would be cool, too . . . I kind of want to expand your idea into a headboard but I wonder if that would be too ambitious for me ;-) I love your bulletin boards! Gorgeous work!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  10. ooh, a headboard... now that would be amazing!!! Let me know if you tackle that project.... I'd love to see pictures!!!

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  11. great tutorial. your bulletin board turned out awesome. I would love for you to link it up at our link party going on all week.

    http://www.sistersofthewildwest.blogspot.com/2011/05/dishmat-winner-weekend-features-sister.html
    Amy

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  12. Thanks for the invite.... tutorial is all linked up :)))

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  13. HoH thinks you are fantastic!

    I've featured you at this weeks link party.

    Stop by and grab a button. You so deserve it!

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  14. Kristy, just came from Allison's to see you!! How great ...you can be sure I will make these!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

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  15. Oooh, Allison!!! Thanks for the feature!!!

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  16. These are wonderful. TFS!! Stopping by from House of Hepworths.

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  17. I'm back again :-) I thought this was such a cool idea, so I featured it on my blog today! You can see it here: http://www.maybematilda.com/2011/05/five-favorites-521.html

    Thanks for sharing your great project!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  18. Rachel - thanks for the feature!!!

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  19. Hi Kristy...

    Welcome to the Sunday Favorites repost party, my friend! I love how your bulletin boards turned out...and of course the nailhead trim just "makes" them! What an awesome idea! Great tutorial too! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post with us for the Sunday party today! I hope that you'll join us again!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  20. @Chari - Thanks for the welcome!!!

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  21. This is too cute! It is definitely being logged away in my 'crafts to do' folder! Great job!

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  22. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love the upholstered look of these boards.

    I found you through the DIY Showoff link party and am your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

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  23. This looks so fabulous! What an easy, but significant transformation! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  24. You really spruced it up quite nicely~ :)

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  25. I've seen a look alike in Ballard Designs. Your looks great!! I'm pinning this for later!

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  26. I love the nailhead idea! I would have never thought of that! They look so classy and I think that I need some in my office. :) Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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