I purchased this 3' x 4.5' hunk of junk on clearance at TJ Maxx/Homegoods for $50...
Cut the fiber board to fit at Lowe's for $10 -- glued corkboard for about $15 --
Covered it in fabric from Hobby Lobby for $5 -- and voilà! I now have a lovely new bulletin board:
After months of searching, I finally found the materials I needed to make the giant bulletin board of my dreams-- a real-life inspiration board for my office space. (Nothing against Pinterest or anything...I truly love that website with all of my heart). As I've said before, I really had my eye on the giant boards found in the pages of my Ballard Design catalog, but the $500 price tag is a little much. It took a bit of searching for me to find the right frame, but I finally came across a winner on the clearance aisle of my local TJ Maxx/Homegoods store. The frame is gorgeous in a rustic kind of way, but the artwork was this hideous canvas of an orange splatter painting (that ripped out quite easily, thank goodness). It was marked down from $199 to $50 -- still a little more than I would have preferred to pay, but I was itchin' to transform the ugly duckling into something beautiful, so I bought it.
I then went to Lowe's and cut fiber board to fit the frame (they no longer sell cork board --- boo), and bought cork board at Michael's for about $15. I found great fabric at Hobby Lobby on sale for only $5 a yard, and wrapped it around the board like a present. The golds and yellows match my new Coqo curtains from Anthropologie perfectly. I am all about the color scheme.
Needless to say, my office area is infinitely more inspiring these days! Color and pattern can truly work wonders in a small space.