My oldest son had this plain bulletin in his room for about 3 years now. We got it free off of Freecycle and it had a little bit of damage. The trim was warped a bit and there are spots of puffy water damage on the cork itself. It's not a big deal because most of the cork will be covered with pictures or certificates so you won't even see it.
It needed updating. I thought about covering it with fabric, and decided against it. I don't have any left over fabric and I didn't want to spend any money on this project.
After seeing THIS @ Searching Out Simple, I was reminded of my passion for argyle. There must be 15 pairs of argyle socks in my drawer. (Ok, so I have a little thing for socks...) Seriously, how cute is that shirt she made???!!!
We have 2 cans of paint left that I thought would be perfect for this project....Betsy Ross House Brown from our bathroom cabinets, and Garden of Paradise from our laundry room. I painted the trim brown, and then began stenciling in my diamond pattern.
After letting it dry over night, I took a black marker and drew in all the little dashes.
Once I hung it on the wall....
...it was time to start added all the boy's favorite keepsakes. He picked what he wanted and I stuck them all on there.
Just a quick and free update to give that boring bulletin board a little more personality.