Monday, April 30, 2012

CrossFit Bulletin Board

A few weeks ago, I started working out at CrossFit Glen Ellyn.  I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the programming, equipment, trainers, members, hours, and location.  But there is one problem. The brand new location is full of empty white walls.  They practically scream "decorate me" (at least to me, anyway). 

After a week or so, I hesitantly offered to provide a solution to the freshly-painted-but-boring-white walls.  I wasn't sure how receptive the male owners would be to my proposal, but (to my surprise), they were very willing to accept my next craft project.

I give you operation bulletin board. I love spray paint and I love fabric. And I really really really love when my two favorite crafting worlds collide in one colorful, easy, and cheap project.

First things first, Reed removed the cork board from the wooden frame.  I looked for bulletin boards at Target & Walmart (both carry 24x36 in boards for around $10), but I ended up finding an old board in my parent's basement that wasn't being used- bonus! Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.

(this is what we call our "spray paint station"...)

After the cork board was removed, I quickly sanded the frame with 200 grit sand paper to roughen up the poly so the primer had something to stick to.  I used Rustoleum's Primer to give the frame a basecoat for its makeover.  The next day I sprayed the frame with Rustoleum's Satin Black Spray Paint.  I applied 2 light even coats to the frame and let her dry for 48 hours. Have I mentioned I love spray paint?

(The black paint looks splotchy here- but I assure you, its a nice even finish on the frame)

Up next was the fabric.  I was browsing one morning and came across this green striped fabric.  I knew flowers, paisley, and polka dots would be a little too feminine for the CrossFit Gym, so stripes seemed like an appropriate choice. And on sale for only $3.49/yd (plus coupon code discounts), I was sold!

While I waited for the paint on the frame to dry, I covered the cork board with the fabric.  I started by cutting a square a few inches bigger than the cork.  Once I had my piece of fabric, I quickly ironed it to remove the wrinkles.

I used our staple gun to staple the fabric to the back of the cork.  Make sure your staples don't go through your cork by testing one (and use a piece of scrap wood under the cork so you don't accidentally staple your table or floor).  We used 3/8 inch staples for this step.

I would recommend using a spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the cork prior to stapling (one step I forgot on this project, but wish I remembered). This will help any fabric "bubbles" from appearing on the front of your cork board.

As soon as I had the fabric all stapled in, Reed helped me staple the cork to the frame.  We used longer staples (1/2 inch) for this step so they would actually go through the cork board into the wooden frame. 

Covering a cork board is a cheap and easy way to add a pop of color (not to mention, function!) to otherwise boring white walls.  And, as if this project couldn't get better, I have leftover fabric... pillows anyone?

Home sweet home @ CFGE-


  1. Cool! Way to steal my bulletin board...!

  2. The bulletin board looks awesome!! When I saw it in the gym I knew it had your name written all over it!

  3. It looks great! Love the fabric!