How-to Recover a Bulletin Board

Recovering a bulletin board is easy-peasy.

 My son's bulletin board has been recovered for the 3rd time. The first time, well, not so pretty. The 2nd time, with the ill-fated burlap. Now with chic black and white stripes, my favourite colour combo {I guess they aren't considered colours, but for simplicity I will call them colours}

What you  need for this project is:

  • A bulletin board, preferably one with a frame
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Hanging brackets

1. Measure your bulletin board {this one has been re-covered a few times, doesn't look pretty}

2. Cut out desired fabric 3" larger than the board, on all sides.

3. Lay the front side of the board on fabric. Make sure it is centred.

4. Staple one side.

5. Staple opposite sides, then top and bottom. Making sure fabric is lined up and taut, leaving corners free.

6.  Fold in corner {see photo} and staple.

7. Fold over each side, like you are wrapping a present. Staple.

8. Using the frame of the board as a guide, push upholstery tacks along the edge, making sure they are evenly space.

8. Hang up using desired hanging brackets.


XO Barbara


  1. Hi Barbara,
    You created a beautiful bulletin board. It's not so easy-peasy to make sure the lines of the fabric are completely straight, and that the corners are crisp and finished, but, you sure make it look as though it is!
    Great job!

  2. Hi Barbara,

    It looks great and it looks pretty easy. I was wondering, don't the tacks come through the back? Have a great one!

  3. Your are right...easy peasy...could you make me one :) Love the black and white.

  4. Love it! It might actually be easy enough for me to try:)


  5. Lovely! I especially like it because it's black and white stripe!

  6. I love the stripes! I recently covered a plain bulletin board with some linen but had a struggle with the corners so the close up picture really helps explain how to do that finicky part of the project. Such a great, simple project that is so useful and fulfilling.

  7. I've got two bulletin boards kicking around that I've been meaning to do something with for over a year! You've inspired me. I really need to get to this ;)

  8. I love this project -- thanks for the tips on how to do the corners, and how cool is that bicycle tire(?) mirror!


  9. you always make it look so simple... looks fabulous!

  10. If you plan to make one for Sherry, can you make one for me, too? :) Love your bulletin board and your wonderful tutorial!

    By the way, I just host a new giveaway so stop by and enter for a chance to win a piece of fabulous jewelry of your choice. :)


  11. I love love love the black & white stripes fabric. 3rd time recovered huh (funny and perfect ... same old thing can get visually boring). Have u shown the other 2 you made?

  12. That is awesome! I have blank bulletin board and after reading this I am going to buy beautiful fabric dress up my bulletin board.


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