First things first: ALWAYS take a before photo of the space in which you will place your DIY project. I did not do that, so instead here is a photo of me from several years ago on the treadmill in my basement.
Next: Gather your supplies.
After doing some exceptionally hasty internet research on painted bulletin boards, I ascertained that interior latex paint was the way to go. After I described my project to the young man at the paint store, he suggested this tiny little roller and tray. It’ll be perfect! I thought, paid my $26 and returned home to begin my project.
Two problems: 1) I didn’t realize that little blue roller was supposed to push all the way in and so when I started dipping the roller into the tray, it didn’t fit. I remember thinking, “Whaaaaa?” and 2) Having a little dinky paint roller to paint a 4′ x 3′ board is totally stupid.
Next: get a bulletin board. (Great! This was actually the first step. Well guess what? It’s too late to start this post over so I’m sorry but we’re all just gonna have to deal with it.)
Next: set up the single most awkward working space possible.
Next: after the first coat goes on, sit in an unflattering way and communicate your lack of project savvy by looking alternately disappointed and/or constipated.
(NOTE: If your bulletin board has a shiny wood frame, you might want to consider a little surface prep. I did not choose this route and realized it was going to take roughly 7 coats on the frame to get it covered. If you choose to do as I did, again, see red wine note above.)
After two coats on the cork and multiple coats on the frame, my board looked like this:
Next: ask your husband to help you hang it but be intentionally vague on both the time frame and your projected level of involvement because you actually have no real intention on helping him do it. You just want him to do it all because the instructions are written in Man-ese. Then, act pissy and pout when you realize that he has better things to do than drop everything and hang your damned bulletin board.
Next: stop acting pissy and set a time that is convenient for the both of you to hang the board. Note how your change in attitude works wonders.
Next: hang the board in the desired location.
Stand back in the light of day and admire your new bulletin board, taking satisfaction in knowing you added that personal touch you just can’t buy. (That’s not altogether true.)
All fun aside, I’ve been wanting to add a big, white bulletin board to my office for some time. It’s really helpful when concepting new projects to throw a bunch of ideas up in one space and see which ones stand out. Also, I have a new job working as the art director for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine (what? You don’t subscribe? By all means, click here!), and it’s always nice to be able to view multiple pages or cover concepts at once.
So that’s my greatly overhyped DIY project. If there is one thing we can all take away from this today it’s that not everyone who DIYs needs to share it publicly.