It is no secret that I’ve been in the process of transforming my home office space in preparation for my upcoming return to school. So far, I have painted my accent wall and now I am working on some finishing touches to make it actually feel like an actual office space. One thing that screams office is a cork board. I didn’t want just any plain ol’ cork board though. Why put the effort in making a nice and hopefully stylish area if I’m just going to hang a plain, brown board – right?
Of course, I turned to Pinterest and found myself inspired.
I loved the look of this pin board and really thought that something with white paint would add a really nice punch to my accent wall. Unfortunately, this girl is on a MEGA budget for this makeover and I couldn’t afford the pack of 4 cork tiles needed to recreate this exactly. So, what was a girl to do?
Well, I took the board above as some inspiration. I picked up a $6 cork board from Walmart that was within my budget and I got my thinking cap on.
I’m pretty happy with the finished product. 🙂
I haven’t had the chance to hang it up in its permanent home as of yet. But do be patient. I hope to post a little office reveal later on this week. In the meantime, here’s how I made this little gem. 🙂
First off, I gathered my supplies. A $6 cork board from Walmart, green painter’s tape, sand paper, paint and a paint brush. Thankfully I already had all supplies on hand, except for the cord board itself.
Time to get to work!
Since the frame of the board comes with some sort of varnished coating, a good sanding job is required so that the paint will stick.
Since my cork board wasn’t a perfect square, I figured that I wouldn’t be able to get the chevron-type look that I wanted, so I decided to go with a few simple stripes to add some interest.
Using my measuring tape as a guide, I taped out my stripes as well as the interior of the board as I planned to paint the edges too and did not want to accidentally paint someplace that was unplanned. It only takes a few minutes to add the extra tape, so it is highly recommended to get the look that you desire.
Now it’s time to paint!
I used just some basic acrylic artist’s paint in white and a small art brush. But obviously, be creative and choose whatever colour you like!
I would recommend 2-3 light coats to achieve an optimum result. Then let it dry for a good hour or 2 before attempting to remove the tape.
The moment of truth!!!
Just tear nice and slowly and you should have some beautiful, sharp, straight lines. It is such a simple pattern, but it definitely packs a punch and for that I am happy.
I can’t wait to get this sucker up on the wall!