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Zoe’s Fish Bulletin Board

A few weeks ago I bought this bulletin board from Goodwill for $2. It’s no great shakes, but it wasn’t expensive and it came with some thumbtacks too.

A brown bulletin board with thumbtacks in it.

I wanted to use this in Zoe’s room, so I sprayed it with some white primer and then some white spray paint and hung it up in her room.

Zoe is a bit fish-obsessed, and her siblings are always drawing fish pictures for her. Now she has somewhere to hang them. 😉

A white bulletin board with kid drawings hung on it.

It’s hanging right next to her freecycle dresser, which I painted white.

A white bulletin board with fish drawings on it.

Her nightstand is also a freecycle find that I painted white.

(Click here to see before and after photos of her nightstand.)

painted freecycle nightstand

I hung her bulletin board nice and low so that she can see and reach her pictures.

White bulletin board hung on a pink wall.

Since everything in Zoe’s room is white and pink, I painted the entire bulletin board white, not just the frame.

White dresser and nightstand

I’ve done this before when I’ve painted bulletin boards black, but I have to say, I think it works better with black.

When the corkboard is painted white, the thumbtack holes are more visible than they are when the corkboard is black or brown.

But, you can hardly even see the corkboard since Zoe’s got the bulletin board plastered with fish pictures, so I’m still happy with my decision to go all white.

And Zoe is, without question, pleased, which is what really matters.

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Thursday 22nd of April 2010

my 8 year old son LOVES fish & he just came in & said "how old is Zoe?" i asked him why & he said " she is really good at drawing fish!" :)


Wednesday 17th of June 2009

We did this for my girl scout troop one time. Found a stack of 12x14 cork boards at a cheapo store for a dollar each. Asked everyone to bring a glue gun, then laid out a table with all our craft items on it. The girls went nuts with markers, stickers, feathers, paints, ribbons, etc. Each one created a unique work of art that they could hang in their room.

I also had gone to WalMart and bought a huge box of pierced earrings (the post kind) for a few dollars, so instead of plain thumbtacks, we used tiny little hearts, rainbows, unicorns, jewels, etc.


Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Great! Now I can jazz up my two corkboards...


Tuesday 16th of June 2009

I love that you hung it at eye-level (for her!).

I noticed on craftster that some people cover corkboards with fabric - that way the tack holes wouldn't show as much. I don't know if it would work with something that already has a frame though. But since it's so full, no one can see pin holes anyway!


Tuesday 16th of June 2009

William, you don't need primer for the actual corkboard...the paint sticks very, very nicely to that. I used primer because the frame was that fake wood stuff which doesn't absorb paint. So, I figured a primer was probably necessary to keep the paint from chipping off. Had the frame been a material that was not as smooth and plasticky, I might have foregone the primer.

Jah, I love their fish pictures too...and it makes me happy that they want to make Zoe happy.

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