Well hello! One of the things I’ve been trying to tackle lately has been all the clutter that Don gets in his room. Since he mostly collects lots of pieces of paper from his art, I thought a bulletin board would be a perfect solution! But, I also want it to look good in his room. So here’s how to makeover a bulletin board.
how to makeover a bulletin board
I started this project by buying a $7 bulletin board from Amazon. It’s nothing special, but it’s definitely a blank slate for something fun! I’ll show you how I redid this board.
If thrifting was an option right now, that’s where I would have gotten a bulletin board. I actually share a $2 thrifted bulletin board makeover here.
- Enchanted Ultra Black base coat paint
- Enchanted Iridescent Top Coat in Green, Gold, Blue and Violet
- Bulletin Board
- Cricut or scissors if you don’t have a cutting machine
- Cereal box to cut out for decorations
The DecoArt Enchanted Paint line I’m using for this project are a new product that are now available at Michaels! You can buy them online and have them delivered to your house. Or Michaels is now offering curbside pickup! They come in 5 iridescent colors and 6 shimmer colors.
For additional product information and projects, visit DecoArt.com.
First of all, start by painting the cork part of the bulletin board with the black base coat. Shake the bottle well and then paint right over the cork. So, the idea is that the black will make the other colors look deeper!
I started off by painting everything black, including the frame. But it wasn’t sticking to the wood. So, I ended up wiping the paint off of the frame with a wet cloth.
So, if you also want to paint your frame, I would put some primer on it first or sand the frame.
Next, after the black base coat has completely dried, paint over the black with your top coat.
Personally, I added the iridescent top coat in green (because that’s Don’s favorite color!). The iridescence is a fun paint effect because it looks like a mermaid tail.
The green is pretty and translucent. It changes in appearance depending on the light angle.
The look was super cool! But since Don’s whole room is pastels, I ended up painting over the whole thing with a light green paint.
Once I had the base look that I wanted, I added the iridescent top coat again. Now, it’s much more what I was going for and it still has that fun shimmer look!
Side note- if the darker look is your color, go for it! The black base coat makes for a really dramatic look. Honestly, it’s really pretty and I think a lot of people would love how it originally turned out.
Here’s a tip when applying the Enchanted iridescent paint, apply with a soft brush (like a foam brush). To avoid streaky brush strokes, brush in long vertical strokes. While the paint is still wet, brush over it in long horizontal strokes. This will give you a more uniform finish.
If you don’t have a Cricut then this is totally doable by hand! I would recommend searching for cute shapes you want to put on your board. Just try to eyeball the shape you want. Then you can sketch the outline on the cardboard and cut them out with scissors.
Now that you have the shapes cut out, you can paint them different colors! To make painting time more mess free, I taped the shapes on a piece of cardboard. Then, I painted each one with the black Enchanted base coat.
To finish this project, I just hot glued the dinosaurs to the bottom of the bulletin board. This isn’t a super permanent solution which can be good or bad. I figure, if they fall off I can just use them on the board. One day he won’t like dinosaurs anymore and so this bulletin board can grow with him.
Here’s Don with his newly finished bulletin board! He helped me put everything on the board and is so proud. These are his favorite things- art, dinosaur cards, a pin from his birthday in Disney World.
I hung the bulletin board behind his door. It’s low enough that Don can reach everything. My very favorite part of this project is the cute kid art Don drew. His favorite one is the self portrait. If you look close, you can see he’s thinking of dinosaurs. I love them all! Especially the rainbow and cats. Isn’t kid art the best?!
You can We used the shimmer Enchanted paint on the blue dinosaur on top. It has more sparkle. The bottom ones are more iridescent. They’re both pretty, but if you want a more glittery look, go with the shimmer option!
I thought I’d finish this post with some cute bulletin boards in case you want to buy one already cute. Or just follow my directions- making over a bulletin board is a pretty quick and affordable project!