DIY: All Points Bulletin
Cork boards. Dry erase boards. Magnetic boards. Chalkboards.
Pick your passion, because there's no shortage of materials available for a home or office messaging board. You may want to consider how you will use it: as a spot to hang things (kid's artwork, invitations, etc...) or as a spot to write notes to yourself or other members of the family.
A few years ago, I painted a wall that transitions between my kitchen and family room with both chalk paint and magnetic paint. It took several coats of each to get them to work well (meaning to easily erase things and with enough force to attract a magnet).
I didn't want the chalk dust, so I opted for chalk paint pens (sold at Micheal's). As for the magnets, look for rare earth magnets (you can find them on Etsy), as they seem to be the strongest option for the magnetic paint. Note of caution: If you have small children who still put things in their mouths, avoid magnets altogether, especially the rare earth ones. They are a choking hazard.
I screwed tiny eye hooks on each interior side of the molding, and stretched string across the board. This allows me to hang up the kids' artwork using clothespins. During the holidays, I hang our Christmas cards using more seasonal clothespins - I let the kids paint and "dress" clothespins (making for an activity one afternoon).
Can't commit to painting a wall? Here's another idea; a chalkboard made from an old door. The panels served as a great way to organize the week. You can easily find an old door at local antique dealer, consignment shop, or salvage yard. (source: Secrets of Segreto)
For my office, I wanted to have a large bulletin board to put up school notices and all the other paperwork that seems to fill a home. I had a bright idea of ordering a vinyl monogram and affixing it to a large artist's canvas (like the one shown below). You can buy them in just about any size from an art or craft store like Michael's or AC Moore.
I picked up the canvas and a roll of cork board (to reinforce the canvas, so it was strong enough to hold a tack).
I rolled out the cork and tucked it in behind the frame (as shown below). I cut pieces to fill out the back as much as possible.
I ordered the vinyl monogram from an Etsy shop (Wall Artsy), in a size (22" x 36") that would fill out the canvas as much as possible.
But here's what I did not take into consideration when I had this "bright idea": The vinyl does not stick well to canvas. It may do just fine on a wall, but not with the canvas. So I got out some glue and started running it behind the vinyl monogram (not that easy, considering it's a narrow piece of tape to line with glue). But in the end, I got it to work.
Here's the final product:
In my daughter's room (as I mentioned in a previous post), she wanted a dry erase board. Also mentioned in that post (http://allshadesblue.com/2013/10/10/parson-me/), I didn't want a commercial looking dry erase board in her room. I found the "Kludd" glass board from Ikea (for $19.99) that allows you to use both dry erase markers and post things using one of the several clips that comes with it.
To personalize it even more, I got some cute prints from Ikea and use double-sided tape to stick them to the backside. Now they are disguised as art but with the same functionality as a dry erase board.