I have found in my continual “battle of the clutter” that we need a spot for so many “things” as they infiltrate into our home.
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?
I measured out how big I wanted it to be and the biggest one I could find anywhere was smaller than I wanted it.
And plus I kind of wanted more texture than just one plain board. I figured if I used cork tiles it would bring in a little something more in our white kitchen.
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…
…but I was ready when my brother-in-law came over to put together the frame.
He helped me mount my creation to the wall perfectly straight:
Then he got to work.
Is that not the nicest gift ever??
(oh and look at that cute boy who was still home back then…)
And then voila, there we had it, our own giant-sized bulletin board.
And also I added my favorite Christmas quote up there:
…who are obviously having a very intense and important conversation…
And it remained a Taiwan bulletin board through our “birthday season:”
And now it’s getting it’s groove with all the spring wedding invitations…yes and residual mission stuff.
Who knows what it will come in handy for in the future, but I kinda like that thing so far.