Saturday, September 25, 2010

PB Inspired Bulletin Board (Sort of)

When I saw this PB Bulletin board, I fell in love. So with it in mind, I went to work. As I went along, it morphed into something quite a bit different, but I like my version just as well.


I started with some really weathered old wood, that I snatched from my hubby's burn pile.  He had several old wood boxspring frames that had sat outside and weathered to the perfect patina.  He called them rotted; I called them perfect.  I got the look. o_0

I hammered those old frames apart and hammered tons of old staples out of them, then stacked them in the barn.  I knew I'd better use these up soon, or hubs would sneak them off to the burn pile and  light a match quick LOL!



Not wanting to take off the patina, I hand sanded very lightly, just to remove any splinters and a little roughness.  The board on top is unsanded.  Then I sprayed a matte acrylic sealer on it.


As luck would have it, I had a faded old bulletin board stashed away, just the perfect size.


First I stapled burlap to the front, folding under the edges about an inch.


Those boards with the curved edges fit along the sides perfectly.  I just had to trim down the top and bottom rails to fit, then I screwed them all to the bulletin board from the back.



 So far, so good.  Here's the fun part.  While shopping for my son's room (soon to be revealed), I found a cool metal plaque with the Eiffel Tower attached to it.  Well, not THE Eiffel Tower, but...yeah anyway, I detached it and saved the back for a project for Jared's room.


The tower had flat head screws welded onto the back, with nuts to fasten it.  I thought I could just drill holes and refasten it to my  bulletin board, but they weren't long enough.  So I just used Gorilla glue in the holes and set some heavy books on it.  Love that stuff!




Next I used a make-up sponge and black craft paint to stencil some fleur de lis on to the burlap.  I dipped the sponge into the paint, then dabbed most of it back off before using it.  I wanted a faded look.  As you can see, I taped off around my stencil to prevent mistakes...which I'm really good at.


I used a ruler more as a rough guide.  I wasn't looking for perfect line up.



I think it needs something, but I like it.  Maybe it will come to me...or maybe someone will suggest something hint, hint.


I do want to make or buy some of those cute frenchy looking tacks I've seen somewhere on Etsy.



The PB version retails for $149 smackaroos.  Mine cost me about $1.00 for some burlap.  The Eiffel Tower was a bonus, because I bought that for my son' room and didn't have a use for the tower at the time, but the plaque cost $9.00, so I could add half that onto my cost if you want to get technical.  I already had everything else.  ChaChing!

I've entered this project in The DIY Club Give Away Party!  Go check it out.

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47 comments:

  1. Absolutely fantastic looking! I love it and would happily hang it in my home. You did great.

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  2. Oh so fabulous! I like your better! Great job!

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  3. This is so fabulous! You are so creative. I just love the frame you made for it.

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  4. That is one of the best projects I've seen. It's brilliant. I'm so jealous of your Eiffel tower. Grrrr!! Well done!

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  5. It's beautiful, I just love it!

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  6. Yours looks better than PB! Thanks for showing it!

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  7. Yours looks much better than the one from PB. I love old weathered wood.

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  8. Brilliant!! I love the old weathered wood and the rounded edges of the two long pieces give it such a finished look!! Perfect use of the Eiffel Tower. Two projects out of one purchased piece...bonus!!
    This is a fabulous project.
    Jane

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  9. This is AWESOME!! I LOVE it!!!! You are so creative! I love the eiffel tower, the stamp, everything!! Way better than PB! Thanks for linking up to Feathered Nest Friday! This post would be great for next party, too! :)

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  10. This is fantastic! The stencils are perfect! I love it just the way it is!

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  11. Oh! I love yours more than the PB board!!! Great job!

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  12. Love it!!!! You did a great job and I like it better than the PB one!!!

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  13. What a fantastic job!! I love that you used the stencil on the burlap!! It all looks wonderful!!

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  14. I really like it. I'm trying to "Frenchify" my scrapbook room and would love to find an Eiffel Tower like that.

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  15. Beautiful! My daughter-in-law would totally love this! Thanks for sharng your wonderful idea!

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  16. Very nice!!!! I love your french-ee Bulitin Board!
    Darling! :)

    ~Liz

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  17. Hi Deborah...

    So nice to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites, my friend! What an awesome post to share with us...fabulous project! I seen that pretty bulletin board at PB and loved it...but my, ohhh my...it's a little more than my pocket book affords! I can't believe that your bulletin board only cost $1...awesome! Ohhh...and it turned out beautifully! I like it much better than the PB one! Love, love, LOVE that you reclaimed that awesome old barn wood to use for the frame!

    I can't wait to see your son's bedroom reveal! You certainly picked my attention showing that pretty piece that the Eiffel came off of. I'm adding you to my list of blog follows...don't want to miss it! Thanks again for participating with Sunday Favorites...this was a real treat, Deborah!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  18. Wow, what a great idea and it looks great.

    Willow

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  19. perfect! I like yours better! Lezlee

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  20. Deborah Lynn, Your project turned out really well! I love the weathered wood and the stenciling. Clever girl!
    ~ Sue

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  21. That's Fantastic!!! I think it's EVEN BETTER than the pottery barn one. Nice job!

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  22. Lovely! I love how you made the frame.
    Also wanted to say *thanks* for stopping by my blog!

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  23. Very cute! I like yours way better than the PB one.

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  24. great job! you inspire me to do one for my bulletin board :)

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  25. i love your bulletin board...more than the PB one!

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  26. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing this with Sister Sister Sunday. I have always wanted to make a bulletin board....great pictures!

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  27. OMG! You're just blowing me away with your crafty talent! Especially coz it's all french style. I'm such a big fan of yours now and am your newest follower.
    -marie

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  28. Oh, La LA! C'est marvelous! Sorry, Marie, but I think I'm the newest follower! LOL! Love your talent and Ideas!

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  29. Fantastic!! I need to cover the cork boards in my kids rooms with nicer fabric, as they are being used as guest rooms more and more. (both kids away at school.)

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  30. Deborah you are truly the queen of crafts! I love the bulletin board! I really love the rustic wood frame, it's so unique and warm. Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping by the high street cottage blog! Much appreciated!

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  31. I LOVE this board! Looking at it again...it is Just beautiful!! Fantastic job! Thanks for joining in Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  32. So cool! What a great idea, I like yours better I think :)

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  33. That is awesome. I think a big "faded" Parisian Postal stamp would look cool.

    Thanks for linking up. We look forward to getting to know you and seeing more and more of your projects.

    Cheri

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  34. What is not to love about this project? Well done!! Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Party monthly contest! :)

    Amy

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  35. I love your version of the bulletin board. That wood is perfection! And the details are all fabulous.

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  36. Deborah Lyn, This turned out fabulous! I love the frame and the added tower is too cool! You did a fantastic job - great piece. Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn

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  37. I love the weathered wood and French theme - just my style! ;) Great job!

    Roeshel

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  38. I absolutely loved this project! I have featured it on my blog as a "Boardwalk Bookmark", with a direct link back to this post on your blog. You may enjoy taking a look at it and, of course, feel free to take a button. Again -- I want to share with you my appreciation for your talent and creativity!

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  39. Oooh, la, la! I adore your bulletin board! What a terrific idea! So funny about the wood, I think my hubby would've burned it too if he found it! What a great idea to add the Eiffel Tower, and your stenciling looks awesome! I need to get brave and try my hand at stenciling. And yes, some little Fleur de lis push pins would be tres magnifique!

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  40. I have an old bulletin board just like that slapped on the wall inside the garage. I bet I could turn it into something cute with some barn wood and burlap, just like yours.

    ~Bliss~

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  41. Hi Deborah!
    I really like the way your bulletin board turned out!
    It looks great :)
    amber

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