Yesterday, I shared the view above the desks in our office. But, I didn’t explain what the memo boards were, if I made them or purchased them, or where I purchased them (if I bought them). So, that is exactly what I am going to do today.
These memo boards were created by me. I purchased the materials, created them, and my husband helped me hang them on the wall. Ok, I will be honest… My husband hung them on the wall while I watched. I would’ve gotten in the way if I attempted to help. Sometimes it is best to back up and let the man take over. I have learned this about married life already!
Hanging boards on the wall perfectly level and proportionate is NOT an easy task. I swear I felt like my husband was going to cuss me out at any moment during the process, but he didn’t say a word. But, believe me, I could feel his anger and frustration. Yeah… Yeah… I guess I am one of those wives that creates big plans in my head and then hopes my husband can figure them out. It is a flaw of mine!
The materials included:
- bulletin boards (the ones I purchased were 23″ x 35″ Board Dudes framed cork boards from Target for $9.49 each)
- 1 yd. of fabric for each board (this fabric came from Hobby Lobby)
- package of 200 thumb tacks (if you purchase a board the same size as mine, it will take at least 200 tacks)
- Elmer’s Craft Bond spray adhesive
- old sheet or garbage bag (if you are spraying inside)
Due to the extremely cold weather outside, I decided to complete this project indoors. I know, not the smartest move ever, but I didn’t ruin anything and I got the job done.
I placed the bulletin board in the center of the old sheet. I wanted to make sure when I sprayed the adhesive it didn’t have a chance to get on any furniture or the hardwood floor.
Note: If you decide to complete this task indoors, make sure small children and animals stay away from the area. The adhesive DOES have an odor.
Step 2: Spray the adhesive 6 to 8 inches from the cork board.
I would recommend purchasing fabric with a print. After standing in Hobby Lobby’s fabric section for 10-15 minutes with my husband, attempting to persuade him into purchasing a print, he finally told me that men do not want prints. He didn’t even want the football print I picked out. So, since it is his space, I got plain black. I had NO IDEA it would be so difficult to apply a solid piece of fabric to the board. You really have to adjust and apply pressure evenly so you do not get bubbles or wrinkles in the fabric.
Next, the tacks…Oh, the TACKS!!! You would think this would be a pretty easy step… Boy, I was WRONG!!! It took over 2 hours to apply the tacks evenly. And, when I say evenly, I mean as even as I could get them. I can’t tell you how many times I had to take a tack out and start again.
After 2 hours, I felt like my thumb was going to fall off. The tip had gone numb and I could hardly bend it.
And, here is the fun part… Are you ready?!?!
My husband sees his board lying in the office waiting to be hung and informs me that he didn’t want tacks. “It looks girly!” He said. Honestly, I didn’t even look at it. I was just thrilled to be done with it.
So, I stepped back and looked at it…
Ok… Ok… Ok… My husband was RIGHT! It did look extremely girly. So, off the tacks came.
I must admit, his board looks a lot better without the tacks… for a man!
But, of course, my board had to get a little tack “bling!” The picture doesn’t do the print justice. It looks a lot better in person.
And, that is it!!! Pretty easy, right?!?!