How to Cover a Cork Bulletin Board with Fabric
Cork bulletin boards are great for displaying items, but cork isn't the most attractive color/texture. In this post, I'll show you how to cover a cork bulletin board with fabric to give it a quick makeover. It doesn't take a huge amount of fabric, and it's an easy way to add a pop of color to your bulletin board.
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- Cork bulletin board (check thrift stores for these--they always seem to have them!)
- 1/2 yard fabric
- Stanley Heavy-Duty Staple/Brad Nail Gun with Heavy-Duty Staple & Brad Assortment, 2500-Pack
How to Cover Your Cork Bulletin Board with Fabric
My cork bulletin board had a plastic frame around it originally. It was glued on, but still pretty easy to dislodge with a screwdriver and then peel off. Once you have your cork detached from its frame, cut some fabric, leaving about 2-3" extra all around your cork board.
I stapled the fabric to the cork board along the straight edges, leaving the corners undone. I left about 2" unstapled on either side of all of the corners.
Around the corners, I pleated the fabric with my fingers, held it in place, and stapled generously. Don't bunch your pleats too much--try to keep them evenly spaced.
Here's how this corner looked from the front:
This is how the back looked after I stapled everything. I trimmed away some of the excess fabric, too.
And the entire front:
Next, I put the frame back on. I didn't glue it again because the fabric added a little extra width, which helped the plastic frame keep its grip.
You can see a small gap at the front, but overall, the frame went back on nicely. The fabric adds a small amount of bulk, which is why the frame didn't close entirely, but it's not that noticeable.
Enjoy your finished bulletin board! It's much prettier than the original.