I am someone who loves bulletin boards. I fill them with inspirational pictures and sayings, family photos, reminders, notes, calendars–anything and everything.
When Matt and I moved into our first house, one of the bedrooms had a built in desk with upper shelves. I took a roll of cork and pasted it to the wall between the two shelves. When I switched jobs, I covered the utilitarian grey bulletin board in my new office with pretty floral fabric. In Ellie’s room, when it used to be my office, I built a custom tall, narrow cork board (and again covered it in pretty floral fabric) for the weird niche that’s just inside the door.
I had the idea to add a cork board to Ellie’s new basement play area awhile ago. There was a big blank wall above the shelves that was perfect for some art. Or lots of art.
Our girl loves drawing and painting and making. And when I started putting her creations up on the fridge, she was thrilled. It was so touching to see how proud she was to have her art on display.
I wanted to give her a designated spot to hang her pictures, and adding a bulletin board to her play zone was the perfect solution.
But I wanted a large bulletin board and every where I looked they were expen$ive.
I finally decided that I spend very, very little on art. I spent very little setting up her play area. I had been thinking about a bulletin board for a few months. Ellie’s art collection is only going to grow.
I could afford to splurge on the bulletin board.
So I found the most affordable source I could and ordered it.
It fills the wall perfectly (I chose a 6 foot by 4 foot board), and it’s a fun addition to her play room.
I feel like this cork board is an example of how I like to think beyond pictures when it comes to art and wall decor.
Elsewhere in the basement we have our oversize wood scrabble tiles, DIY posters, photo collages of Matt (hung at Ellie’s height), and even some enamel basins in the laundry room. Wall art is all about adding interest to your space and there are so many ways to do that beyond pictures. A bulletin board may not seem artsy, but it soon will be filled with art. And it will be a meaningful, personal display for Ellie’s play area.
Good call on the splurge! One of the best reasons to be frugal is to be able to splurge on what’s important to you. This really honours Ellie and her contributions, and will make a beautiful splash of energy and colour when it gets filled up.
I think I call it bulletin board, but cork board is what my mother used to call it, so either works for me! 🙂
I like your perspective that it’s a balance.