A Zebra Bulletin Board


You’ve all seen my office nook a bunch of times and can I just say, I just love my little space. All 6 x 9′ of it. When we moved in here, I knew this would be the perfect spot for me to create my own little office, just for me. I’ve enjoyed it so much. So, last year I updated the focal wall in lime green paint outlined with the rope trim border.


And now it’s time to update my bulletin board, which I made about 2 years ago. The frame is huge and was a yardsale find for $10. I knew immediately I would put it to good use as a bulletin board in my office space. Since I already had this red bunny fabric in my kitchen and had plenty leftover, I kept it frugal at the time and just used what I had. But, you know that can’t last forever, right? IMG_3856

Off came the red fabric, down to the foamcore board covered with batting that I started with. By the way, making a board like this is so easy. I bought foamcore board at Hobby Lobby (using my 40% coupons) that would fit my big frame, cut it to fit, and just added batting on top to soften the fabric. If you have a staple gun, that really helps speed things up, but you could probably use hot glue or something else to adhere the fabric.


And you can see I used more of the Hobby Lobby zebra fabric on here, since it goes so well with my black/white/green thing I have in the office nook. It only took one yard of fabric (40% off), so at $9.00 it was an inexpensive update. IMG_3858

Just pull the fabric taut all around, stapling the fabric to the board. Work your way all around the board, pulling & stapling. Fold in the corners and staple. IMG_3859

And your board will look like this from the back. IMG_3861

Add some ribbon trim on the front with tacks. This is not a precise measurement, I pretty much just eyeball it on how to layout the ribbon. Pull that around the back and secure it all. Then, simple pop it back into the frame and shoot some staples all around into the wood frame to hold it all in place. frame made into bulletin board with fabric

And there you have it, a new and improved look with some funky zebra fabric. Luckily, my original green striped ribbon still works great with it.frame made into bulletin board with fabric

LOVE it! If you have any old frame laying around, give it a try. It’s great to hold all those calendar items and things you don’t want to lose. Mine will be full again in no time at all.

I also did something with this space that I vowed I wouldn’t do. I posted pics on Rate My Space when I found out they now have a home office category. I’ve heard of a lot of nastiness going on there and vowed that I wouldn’t get involved over there, but on a whim I decided to post my office after I finished this bulletin board and since I love my little space so much. So, if you are so inclined and like to vote for things, pop on over there and give my space a nice rating, please! I figured an office space couldn’t elicit too much negativity. 🙂

Attn: Birmingham bloggers! Would you be interested in a get-together for antiquing/lunch in the near future? I’ve heard about the Birmingham Flea Market at the fairgrounds which happens once a month, so I’m thinking about planning something for Saturday, March 7th. Let me know if you’d be interested in joining up for this fun event. It would be a blast to get a bunch of us together for a day of fun and looking forward to Spring!


- Rhoda


  1. Hi Rhoda,It looks wonderful.What a fun office to work or blog in.I read where you are thinking of painting it.I totally think a high gloss black would look so chic and amazing.Solid black no bronze just sharp like the rest of the room.You do stay busy with your projects and I am so glad that you share them with us out here in blogland,miss seeing you at Micasa.Kathysue

  2. Kelli@SassySouthernMom says

    Love it!! It looks like something from Ballard Designs, but better!! Great job, enjoyed the post!!

  3. Hi, Just wanted to tell you I am not going to Nashville…sorry was looking forward to meeting you and the other ladies. Hope you have a great time. I am giving away a pink heart bracelet, come by and register.

  4. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says

    Oh Rhoda, I LOVE it! You know I’m all about some animal print. Your bulletin board matches my new shoes (lol)! I have been wanting to make one of these for my kitchen for quite a while. I’m still on the hunt for a huge frame that won’t break the bank. By the way, I am a couple hours away, but I would LOVE to join ya’ll at the flea market. Count me in, that sounds like way too much fun!!!

  5. Cute as always!!
    Just playing catch up with the blogging.
    Nice to visit you.

  6. I have a frame right now that would be perfect!! Hobby Lobby here I come. I am going to give this a try!

  7. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall says

    Oh Rhoda, what a great change, I love it!

  8. jenniferadams says

    Would you mind sharing WHERE you purchased your black shelves that are above your black desk. I’ven been wanting some like that for so long, but most of the ones I find aren’t as bulky or substantial as yours. I love yours!

  9. another talented re-do! I can't wait to see what you do with the molding – I tried this past weekend & it was a disaster doing the miter corners! I gave in & cheated…went & got the little corner pieces, then I re-cut everything for a straight cut!
    I'd LOVE to meet you in B'ham, you've emailed me before when I told you my daughter had moved to Tuscaloosa. So you can give me the 'scoop' on all the neat places to hunt in B'ham. Just keep me posted! Annie (Annie100 from RMS)

  10. Hi Rhoda! Love the bulletin board re-do. It looks great. Thanks for all of the inspiration that you share.

    I only live two hours from Birmingham and would love to come down for a shopping day! If you plan one, keep me posted.

    Have a great weekend,

  11. Cote de Texas says

    Gosh, you have been so busy lately! This is adorable, your office is so cute!!!!!

  12. Rhonda Parker says

    Rhoda ~ you now have a new follower! I love all of your ideas… and I have another question – how did you attach the rope border to the walls? Thanks so much in advance for answering my question whenever you get the chance. 🙂 Rhonda

  13. Hi, my name is Tim. Just wanted to say hi to the forum, I been creeping around here for a while now, but tend to participate more. Looking forward to make some new friends. Ciao!


    NY, NY

  14. So greAt to meet you yesterday, rhoda! This is a project I can do, and hVe been looking for…an old cast off frame awAits in my basement!
    See you at blissdom!

  15. Rhoada, I’ve been wanting to make myself a large bullentin board out of an old frame..you used foam board..and batting with fabric.. that is mainly for adding photos. Have you ever made a bullentin board where you can tack stuff up for quick reference with push pins? I already have a bullentin board but it’s too small and the idea of using an old frame to make a larger board popped into my mind, but I don’t know what to use for the cork board..do you know if that is bought in a craft store or in sheets or squares? I though about cork squares but wouldn’t you lose fragments of the cork every time you pulled a push pin out?

    Your home office is beautiful; I printed out a copy for my decorating file folder months ago as I thought it held a lot of great ideas. Where did you buy the large R..it that wood or metal or cardboard?

  16. Rhoda, love this bullentin board idea. Does that foam core board come in certain sizes..do you have to cut it down..if so, how do you do that, what tool do you use to cut it. I’m not familiar with it, so that is why I ask. I’ve admired your office nook every since I start following decorating and organizing blogs. Where do I find the large letters like yours and what are they made of?

  17. Amazing idea! love the look and the simplicity to create it!

    Ananasa.com- Home For Handmade


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