Cleaning out my garage is a yearly task. I found large wooden picture frames originally purchased for those quilts I was going to make. An emergency hospital stay, bills and overtime took precedence, and the frames found their way to storage.
They really are pretty frames. Ornately carved wood, carefully mitered corners and a pretty stain once adorned a picture or portrait of some sort.
Today, It’s going to house something I need more. I don’t have a bulletin board. Yet.
For the bulletin board:
• Measuring tape
• ¼ inch plywood or MDF
• Circular or hand saw and appropriate safety gear
• Stapler or picture frame nails or clips
• Two to three layers of cardboard
• Felt or fabric cover, if desired
• 1/8″ to ¼” corkboard, if desired
• White glue
• Utility knife or heavy scissors
• Stain or sealants for wood frames
First, give the frame a good cleaning. Murphy’s Oil Soap works wonders on wood. Old toothbrushes get into those tight spaces easier than fingers.
Once cleaned, I measure what I call “the well”- this is the place the picture, portrait, matting and backing would go. I test fit the MDF (medium density fiberboard), cardboard layer(s) and the corkboard covering to see if it will fit. It’s easy to add cardboard if needed, or just use corkboard and MDF alone.
If the wooden frame needs sanding, I use fine sandpaper and a light touch. I don’t want to sand off the carvings. If staining is in the plan, now is the time. Once stained, I apply sealer to preserve the wood and my stain job. Alternatively, I can paint the frame with a variety of techniques for different looks.
Cutting the materials to fit inside the well is easy. Use the utility knife or scissors on the corkboard and cardboard. Use the proper saw blades and saw for the plywood or MDF.
Glue the corkboard to the cardboard. If using more than one layer of cardboard, glue these together. Weight down and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Stack everything in the well, beginning with the corkboard. The plywood or MDF should be on top. Secure with the picture pins or picture frame nails.
Notes to consider:
• Never use anything on a picture frame except the nails made for it. You don’t want to split the wood.
• Modern metal frames make beautiful bulletin boards. Make several of different sizes and colors and arrange them on a wall.
• Use hot glue to attach ribbon and/or plastic flowers to “ugly” colored plastic frames for custom decorations.
• If corkboard isn’t desired, cover the cardboard with felt or fabric.
• Wood frames can be stained with a multitude of different shades and colors, or painted to match your décor. Use an ornate frame as a focal point in the room.
• When working with any type of chemicals, always do so in a well-ventilated area and wear a respirator when warranted. Eye protection from accidental splashes and gloves are a must.
• Instead of cardboard, use foam board or Styrofoam. Foam board makes no noise when pins are inserted, unlike Styrofoam or cardboard..