Faking a Bulletin Board in the Dining Room

wall_noboardWe used to have this strange blank space in our dining room, in one of those awkward spots; large enough for a small piece of furniture, yet, the wall space has both a thermostat and a light switch on it. Every time I looked at that wall, I knew I wanted a bulletin board above that little black sideboard, but I couldn’t figure out a way to hang it with those two eye sores on the wall. It bugged me for weeks. (This is an approximate “before,” I won’t even try to lie, this is photoshopped.)

Then I got this idea to fake a bulletin board around the thermostat and light switch. I decided to dismantle a bulletin board that used to be in our bedroom, and re-purpose it. You might remember that bulletin board from this post. The old girl cost about $15 after I DIYed it!

I drew out the basic height and width I wanted the board to be, by using the frame I had as a guide. Then I bought some cork (it comes in 12×12 inch squares) from Target, and nailed them on the wall in that space. I cut the cork to fit around the light switch and the thermostat. It already looks so good, but I’ll just have to make sure that the light switch doesn’t start sparking or become faulty due to the board that’s going to be fitted around it. This could mean that there is a further problem with the electrics, and contacting somewhere like Aardvark Electric, ( will be my only solution, especially if I want everything to be working as it should again, as well as having my vision for a bulletin board come to life. But anyway, onto the next step.

light switch and thermostat

Here’s what the space looked like after I’d finished with the cork. It doesn’t matter that the outline is a bit messy because that is about to get covered up by the frame.

Before the frame on the Bulletin Board


I nailed a couple of nails on either side of the cork to match up with the hangers in the frame. This allows the frame to hang around the cork. See, now the messiness is all covered up!

Empty bulletin board

Once that was all done, decorated my bulletin board with a calendar and other essentials, turning this area into a little command center in this awkward space sitting right near the kitchen.

Completed bulletin board

Now our phone, mail “stuff,” scissors, pens, all have a home! I got that little mail sorter at HomeGoods for about $20.00 and that cute pen holder? It’s a toothbrush holder from Walmart that cost about $8. I love how it looks there, and it keeps everything handy. And, the black cupboard was a FREE “roadkill” item, it was discarded in our last apartment complex and we picked it up.

I’m so excited that I found a way to get a bulletin board into this space, and I love how the light switch and thermostat just blend in with everything else going on there.

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