I have an exciting new project to share with you! Some of you may remember that we are in a rental house so I am a bit limited on the changes we can make. A particularly hard room for me to inhabit is my kitchen… dated butterfly wallpaper, dark and dated wood cabinets and laminate counter tops. Bleh! I often fantasize about ripping out the wallpaper, painting the cabinets, tearing out the furdown and making some long-overdue changes… but that is work best saved for a home of our own down the road. Since I do 99.9% of the cooking in our family, so I am in this part of the house more than anyone. During said hours, I have come up with a few ideas on how to make the space more liveable and I will be sharing a few of my other renter improvements in this room later this year.
First, I had to do something about the large wall next to our fridge.
It could be worse, I think, but I get so, so tired of staring at all of those butterflies! Another small issue is all of the paper on our fridge and high counter in that room. We try to keep them to a minimum, but some items like schedules and school related papers need to stay accessible.
Solution: Bulletin Board
I knew that I wanted an upholstered bulletin board and for the result to have a bit of detail, but not add to the busy wallpaper. We have done tons of greek key motifs on headboards so I went with it and decided to make a plan!
I had a few yards of a seaglass linen on hand as well as some batting. The only supplies I had to purchase were the silver Dritz Nailheads and bulletin board.
I used a 24″ x 36″ bulletin board from Hobby Lobby.
I drew out the design beforehand to plan out exactly how many nailheads were needed to make the greek key at the corners of my bulletin board.
We laid everything out and used an air staple gun to upholster the board.
Of course, a regular staple gun will work too, but the air stapler is more fun!
Now, it was time to get the nailheads ready. With this design, the nailheads would have to overlap on the corners. I cut the nailhead tape to the lengths I needed, while trying to use as many of the pre-positioned holes as possible. Then I tapped holes into the ends that lacked a hole. This made it easier to nail down the corners.
After all of that prep work, I got to hammer away! I did the greek keys in the corners first, then filled in the straight areas in between.
This was a simple way to add a bit of sophistication to the space. I am very happy with the results!
The eye is drawn to the bulletin board and gets a bit of a break from all of our fluttering friends!
I’ve added a printable calendar from Clean and Scentsible, my yearly goals and a few of our other paper necessities. Though it may get a bit more disorderly throughout the year, it is a welcomed change!
Do you have a family “command center” in your home?
Have you done a project like this in your home?