I know, duh, but I was getting so sick of calendars, wedding invitations, announcements, quotes we want to memorize, school notices, etc. sitting around. You name it, it was cluttering up our kitchen and I was losing the clutter battle.
We always planned to do a barn door leading into our pantry but one day I had a little idea:
What if we did a gigantic bulletin board there instead?
So I researched cork flooring...figured I could get some big cool tiles and make something super unique. But when it came right down to it, I decided the good old tiles you can get from Walmart would do the trick. I wanted the color to be kind of varying and it is.
I found a tutorial online that told me step-by-step how to put that puppy together, now to find someone who could build a frame right into the wall for me...
I wanted to build it into the wall like I had done with my map frame in our old house (here).
I called my sister-in-law who had just re-done some trim in their house to ask if she had any ideas and low and behold, she told me they had us in the rotation for Christmas and how would we feel if the labor part of making that frame could be our Christmas gift (my brother-in-law is super handy around the house and would know exactly what to do.
Well, how about that wonderful idea?? It was genius (at least on our end :)
So I bought the supplies to do my part. Foam core and tiles.
I taped the foam core together the exact size I wanted it to be.
Then I used that double sided foam tape generously on each tile to get them perfectly aligned.
It took a while...
He helped me mount my creation to the wall perfectly straight:
Then he got to work.
And then voila, there we had it, our own giant-sized bulletin board.
It went through the holidays unpainted because I couldn't for the life of me pull myself together enough to do it, but I LOVED having it there. I loved that we finally have a real spot for our advent calendar quilt:
(I just copied someone's idea from Pinterest for that on a piece of poster board and loved having that reminder all month.)
It has since become a perfect spot for Max's mission paraphernalia...see it with the flag back there behind Dave and my brothers...
And it remained a Taiwan bulletin board through our "birthday season:"