When I first met this piece of furniture….
….I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be friends.
It was in the back of a junk shop proudly displayed with a knitted afghan….a set of World Book Encyclopedias…
…..and a collection of vintage silver.
I was headed for the silver….completely ignoring the afghan and shiny but sadly underused reference books.
And as I stood there holding a set of spoons….mentally stamping “I love you a latte” on them…..I looked….
…..really looked at the piece of furniture they were sitting on.
And decided that it needed to go home with me.
I wish I had a before picture.
Actually….I wish I would have taken one right there in the shop with the silver and the afghan and the encyclopedias.
But I didn’t.
It was truly pitiful.
Scraped and sad and 1970’s blonde wood and with a giant open square tentatively nailed to a small dresser.
After I painted it and added new hardware and cut a plywood back for the open square…..
…..it looked like this.
I added stick-on cork to the back and it sat in the laundry room.
Until I bought a gatehouse and decided it was time for a make-over.
A make-over as in making a tufted bulletin board with gray textured fabric and silver upholstery buttons.
And here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Staple batting
I purchased simple quilted batting and stapled it to the cork.
I used about a roll of batting to cover it.
Step 2: Add more batting
I decided that I wanted it to be really tufted….so I stapled pillow stuffing to the top.
I don’t really have a picture of it.
So imagine this board covered in randomly placed pillow stuffing.
Step 3: Staple fabric over pillow stuffing and batting
This amazing gray fabric came from the Online Fabric Store.
Here’s the link if you love gray fabric that makes the perfect tufted project as much as I do and you need to order some.
Step 3: Add molding to hide staples
We just added picture frame molding to the sides of the board to hide the staples.
You could add ribbon or twine if adding molding seems a little overwhelming.
Step 4: Tuft the fabric
Here’s my favorite part.
It made my heart actually leap for joy when it turned out so perfectly.
The key to tufting the fabric is to nail nails in before you add the upholstery tacks.
That way your tufting firmly stays in place.
Nail your nails in a diamond pattern (as shown) to create a tuft.
I used a pattern with a row of three nails….alternating with two nails.
You can adjust the pattern depending on the size of your board.
Step 5: Add upholstery nails
For the finishing touch….add upholstery nails to your tufts.
Here’s the finished tufting.
I just hammered the nails into the tuft.
Isn’t she amazing.
I can’t believe the transformation.
We are besties now.
And to think it all started in a junk shop….
…. where I know the afghan and encyclopedias are consoling each other right now.
PS Even if you don’t have a random piece of furniture just waiting for a tufting make-over….you could create your own giant bulletin board with plywood and molding and just follow the steps for tufting.
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