Wednesday, April 13, 2011

knock off bulletin boards

I love drooling looking at design cataloges.   You know:  Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ballards Designs.  You get the picture.  So, I've notice a trend...large framed bulletin boards and chalkboards in a cool Industrial Chic style.
Restoration Hardware
Marseilles ChalkboardRustic Home Office Wall Organizer Sliding Chalkboard/Pinboard  Pottery Barn


Well, my syndrome struck again.  The "I can do that" syndrome. 

Enter Hobby Lobby's 90% off section.  I found these frames {because they were missing glass} for $2.99 each. 

I had 2 cheap, ugly cork boards that I got for $1.00 each at the thrift store.

I wrapped one cork board with some reclaimed burlap from an old cranberry sack and used my CitraSolv technique to add the Fleur de Lis.  I altered some large flat marbles and attached thumb tacks.  I also decided to add in some cool broken earings as thumbtacks {they look like number 8's}



On this one I decided to use the thick cardboard backing that came with the frame as a chalkboard.


 I applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint and then wrapped the smaller cork board I had in burlap and attached it to the center of the chalkboard.  I then used the CitraSolv technique again to add the Nest saying to the middle.
this picture is being a brat and will NOT rotate


Forget the HUGE price tags from high end design cataloges and  try to make one yourself.  It was easy and fun.

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38 comments:

  1. You did a great job and saved a lot of money! I love your altered tacks...more money saved! I have to give this a try!!

    Happy Wednesday, Aaron!

    XO,
    Janie

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  2. Great job! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  3. Hi Aaron, These are great projects! I love to see the pricy catalog companies copied and for pennies. Thanks for sharing this at my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  4. Love your board and especially the fleur-de-lis touch.

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  5. those are fabulous Aaron!! I just made two, but I used old vintage frames that were very ornate. I put one on the kitchen pantry door and the other in my booth. Have a wonderful day. ~

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  6. These are awesome! Great knock off's!

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  7. Very cute! And I love that you used the word "nest"!

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  8. I'm on a hunt for Citrasolv ... looks pretty amazing! THANK YOU for such a great chalkboard tutorial!

    xo
    Jill

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  9. Beautiful, What type of computer (ink) does the Citra Solve work with? Thanks so much for sharing your Fabulous Creation....

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  10. browsing catalogs is a favorite pastime of mine too...and you did some wonderful knock-offs here!

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  11. These look AWESOME! I love the 90% off section of Hobby Lobby. If you have an imagination you can come up with some great projects. I need to go copy you now, because I sure and mot paying the prices in Ballard for something you just taught me how it do! Hee Hee

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  12. What a great thrifty project! It turned out so wonderful! I am working on a chalk board now. Thanks for great ideas!

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  13. I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

    There is a giveaway involved. :)

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  14. LOVE these, I just have to try the citrisolve technique. I think I'm the last one in blogland who hasn't. Your boards are wonderful. I agree, why pay those prices when we can DIY! Thanks for linking up and sharing the great inspiration! xoxo Debra

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  15. That turned out so cute - nice job!!
    Got to love a project that looks way more expensive than what it was :)
    Karla & Karrie

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  16. Love your tutorial and those projects, thank you for sharing. I am your follower now.
    Have a fantastic weekend!
    XXX Ido

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  17. I've never even heard of that stuff. I'll have to google it. I really like burlap, but can't work with it. Makes me sneeze!
    Brenda

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  18. Wow oh WOW! I lvoe that. You should sell these! I love you I can do that attitude =) I hope you will share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-11.html

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  19. Very cool, I love chalkboards and burlap. The nest quote is perfect!

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  20. Love this- I love huge chalkboards and burlap boards!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  21. Wow these are awesome! I love the way they turned out!!

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  22. Oooh, I love the CitraSOLV technique to add that gorgeous antique look to the burlap! Both look really awesome!!

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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  23. Cute! thanks for linking up to Flaunt it Friday! :)

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  24. This is great! Ive never heard of CItraSOLV before I will have to look into that!
    I would love for you to link this up to my make it for less Mondays!
    www.simplycadence.blogspot.com
    Hope to see you there!
    Jaclyn

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  25. You did a super job at that! It looks really cute. Love the graphics. Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  26. Great job! I love the mix of burlap and chalkboard!

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  27. This is not your average chalkboard. I love how you've incorporated the burlap! Super cute! Great tutorial!
    Take care!
    ~Michelle

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  28. Love how you combined the burlap with the chalkboard and your altered tacks are great too! Wonderful vintage feel to them.

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  29. GENIUS! i still have to find a xerox copy that will work for the citrasolv. no luck yet. let me know if you have suggestions. i love what you've done. come visit soon.

    michele

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  30. HI! I LOVE it!!

    I hate when blogger acts up and started posting my pictures sideways...Have no idea WHY it does that...

    I do have a question...Do you have to print your image reserved so it will transfer so it's readable??

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  31. Hello! I LOVE LOVE your idea!! So cute! I'm totally going to make one, thanks for sharing!! :) Have a great Easter weekend!

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  32. AND i'm your newest follower :) Would love if you'd follow me back!

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  33. Aaron, you did a great job with your chalkboard. I love all the creative touches like the fleur de lis on the burlap and the figure eight earrings!


    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17


    Jenn

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