In my last post I promised to showcase a few of the best notice boards on sale at the moment. Here are a selection of the prettiest and most useful ones I’ve found online recently suiting all budgets.
Let me know what you think!
….are you sensing a theme here?! I’ve had such good feedback on my last two posts about a couple of quick DIY projects we’ve done to install notice boards in our kitchen, that I thought you might enjoy seeing how other bloggers have done-it-themselves. (Any excuse to trawl Pinterest, hey?!)
All look great and most look quite easy to make…
Plenty of inspiration which could suit all sorts of home decor styles. There are more ideas on my Pinterest boards – just click on the link to the right of the page to follow me. Tomorrow I’ll post some of my favourite notice boards that are available to buy, then I promise I won’t mention notice boards for another few weeks!
I mentioned in last week’s post that I intended on making a notice board to fit inside one of our kitchen doors. I’ve been in need of a hidden notice board to hold all the usual household admin that tends to collect in piles all over my kitchen surfaces. I’m on a mission to cut out as much clutter as possible to give me less things to tidy and make it quicker to clean – this notice board is the answer to all my prayers and is going to change my life*.
I’ll level with you right at the start that I’m stretching the truth when calling this a “quick” project. It took me about three hours (not including paint drying time) and there are definitely ways you could speed the process up and get a similar outcome, but I’m happy with the way it’s turned out.
I picked a door in our kitchen that hides our washing machine and washing powder etc. It’s actually an old stable door that we salvaged and re-used when we had a new kitchen fitted last year. I chose that door as we don’t really have any other suitable cupboards in the kitchen, and it’s provided quite a large space for the board.
I wanted a cork board because we’ll want to pin things on that are quite heavy (calendar etc.) that wouldn’t be held by magnets. I knew it needed to be “made to measure” rather than a bought one to maximise the space, and I didn’t want to go au naturel with the cork so chose to paint it.
So here’s how I did it:
I bought some cork floor tiles from Wickes (the only DIY store I could find that still sell them, clearly a throw-back product from the 1970s!). You can buy online from eBay too. I needed two packs (£8.99 each) as you need to double the cork tiles up so that the pins don’t go all the way through. And I used a tube of Instant Grab Adhesive (£1.88). So this little project cost me a grand total of £19.86.
I cut the tiles to fit with a Stanley Knife (be sure to use a sharp blade and cut all the way through for a clean edge). Making sure I applied the adhesive right to the edges, it was just a case of sticking them on to the door.
I painted the second layer of cork tiles with a spare tester pot of paint I found in our garage, and then stuck those on top. A voilà!
I’m not actually sure I’ll keep that colour paint. I may paint over it with a more vibrant colour; it could probably do with a second coat of paint now it is in situ anyway.
Again another super simple and cheap DIY project which anyone could do, and one more step on the path away from chaos!
Inspired by a number of great ideas on Pinterest and frustrated by the piles of paperwork collecting on my kitchen surfaces, I have decided to try a couple of very quick and easy DIY projects this week to create some useful notice boards.
This first one is specifically for the fancy invites and pretty notes that collect around the place, the ones that I’m happy to show off. I often lose wedding invites and have to ring up my friends to get hold of the details. Well, not any more! My second notice board (which I’ll post about next week) is going to be bigger, behind one of our cupboard doors and will be for the more functional scraps of paper that I’d rather hide away.
The notice board has been created using an old silver tray that I bought on eBay (I won it for £8.00!). I wanted one with a bit of embellishment, and am really chuffed with it.
We drilled holes in the middle (keep the holes nearer the centre, they’ll be easier to cover up with your invites etc) and screwed it on to the wall.
I have used some beautiful magnets which I bought via Etsy from a UK-based seller called Kitzie G. The magnets cost just over £8.00 plus postage for seven, they came beautifully packaged and go so well with our kitchen’s colour scheme. I knew I didn’t want ceramic magnets because I was worried they’d break if they fell on to the work-surface. The ones from Kitzie G are like little badges so will withstand my clumsiness.
I’m a very average type of gal. Not very creative. Not very practical. Not great at taking pictures. But I like to give things a shot and I want to add a few more personal touches around my house, so I picked this project because I reckoned even I couldn’t mess it up. Hopefully you’ll agree that I haven’t!
The photos I have taken probably don’t do it justice. The one I found on Pinterest that gave me the idea in the first place is a much nicer photo, and you’ll have to take my word for it that mine looks just as good (or pop round for a cuppa to have a look, just give me advanced warning so I can do some crisis cleaning!). As you can see from the picture, two trays look fab together – perhaps we may do that in the future, but I’m not sure we get enough fancy invites!
(The pin on Pinterest says that the original link came from inspirationfordecoration.blogspot.com, but when I click on it I can’t find the post.)
I’d love to hear what you think it. Check back later in the week for more notice board ideas or next week for our second quick kitchen notice board project. I’ve also got a board on Pinterest with more DIY notice board ideas.