Ever since I sorted out my breakfast bar and got my paperwork a bit more organised (click here, here and here to see it), I have been thinking of putting up some sort of noticeboard to hold the girls paperwork that I normally attach to the calendar so I don’t forget it.
I hadn’t really made my mind up about what I was going to use, until I saw a recent post by Rachel over at The Ordinary Lovely, and I was inspired! I love Rachel’s style and her photography, and she found a great way of displaying wallpaper in her boys room, using clipboards, and without having to do the whole room or wall. You can see the post here.
This post got me thinking. I wasn’t overly keen on the cork boards I had seen and wanted something with a splash of colour when it wasn’t being used. Then I found this most gorgeous wallpaper when I was out browsing in Wilkinsons one lunchtime and I knew I had to combine this with Rachel’s idea.
You can find this wallpaper on their website here.
I found the clipboards for a really good price online at a stationary company called Paperstone. Their customer service was great by the way, especially when I needed to return one of the items I had ordered.
I wasn’t planning on covering the whole clipboard with wallpaper, as I really wanted the lovely colours and designs of the hearts to pop out. So I decided to paint the top part of the boards and the metal clip white. For ease I decided to spray paint them. I found this spray can in Wilkinsons, it took a couple of coats but it covered all four of the clipboards really well, and I didn’t even use one whole can.
After leaving the paint to dry for a day I then set about deciding what beautiful hearts from the wallpaper to have on each clipboard. I cut the wallpaper slightly bigger than the boards on three sides. This helped when I was clueing the wallpaper on as I could wrap it around the boards for a smooth finish. Now confession time, I forgot to get some proper glue but the good old kids PVA arts and crafts stuff came to the rescue (and actualy did a great job). I left them to fully dry overnight and they came out great, I am really happy with the finish.
The next thing was how was I going to attach them to the wall. I thought about banging in some nails but didn’t fancy filling them in and then having to possibly paint over if I wanted to stop using the clipboards, so I used these Command Strips.
They are very easy to use and took no time to fix together and to put on the clipboards. They are like two strips of very strong Velcro that you fix together and then stick one side to what you want to stick to the wall and then stick the whole lot to the wall. And believe me, they don’t take the paint off when you want to reposition them!
I then next worked out where I wanted the boards to go on the wall. I wanted one to hold our calendar, one each for the girls paperwork (party invites, club paperwork, school letters) and then one for the school menu so the girls can see what’s for lunch every day, with their school lunch tickets easily accessible.
So, here is the before shot along with pics of them up on the wall along with them being used:
And that’s it! It took me two days to do but thats mainly due to waiting for the paint and glue to dry. Sticking the paper on and then attaching them to the wall took no time at all! I am more than happy with the result and I know we will be using this for ages.
If you give this a go let me know. I would love to see the paper you use to cover the clipboards.
Lets get organised