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Thursday, January 5, 2012

An Updated Message Board and Center

     We are s-l-o-w-l-y making progress on our kitchen updates and along the way I want to show you some of the little projects we are doing to improve this hub and help it to best meet our needs.

     Attached to our kitchen is this tiny little desk space where our computer sits, the phone resides, bills are paid and a whole host of other managerial tasks occur. A few years back I recovered a basic bulletin board with this cherry fabric. That was cute in the 90's but sadly in need of an update now. I also wanted to hide all of the components of the computer.

Here is the before:

Here is the outcome:

The bulletin board was covered with drop cloth fabric which was washed, dried, and ironed. Cut it to size and staple to the back.

Next, using silver thumb tacks line the frame with them. This project took about 175 pins. I wish I could say there was some specific thing I did to align them evenly but it was all by eye. A straight edge may have helped but madness prevailed!

For now it's just leaning against the pantry. My husband is appalled at the idea of me "covering" his painting handiwork. Of course I sweetly reminded him that if he would just finish painting the rest of the cabinets there would be so much more of his "handiwork" to admire! ;) steps!

Badge clips were used to clip coupons and paint chips

     The curtain was hung using a tension rod and has to be opened when the computer is on to keep it from overheating.

     And that's about it! This little area gets tons of use. It's amazing what a few changes can do to bring about increased functionality! Oh dear, is that supper burning! I better run!

I'm linking up here:


  1. This is such a great little workspace you've created! I love the curtain and the bulletin board . . . very nice makeover!

  2. I love the bulletin board! Next time I see Jeff, I'll encourage him to paint more and hang that for you! :)

  3. love the pins on the board, clever idea

    Natasha xx

  4. That message board is awesome, love the nail head detail. A few blogger friends and I are collectively introducing a January challenge and it would be so fun if you want to participate. If you have a second, check it out at
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  5. Great idea! I too have a computer space that could use some re-organization. Love the recovered board. Nice work.

  6. Nice work!!! I love a little nooks to handle all the papers & bills & stuff of life!!! now following--- would love for you to follow over at if ya like! :) blessings to you! -lauren

  7. Your really updated your little corner! I just showed my husband that bulletin board idea in the Ballard's catalogue today! I was thinking of using burlap, but I like your idea of using the drop cloth. So glad that I saw your post.

  8. Hey Jody! I loved your message board so much I made one myself and mentioned you in my post! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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