When I stumbled across this incredible DIY on Emily‘s blog, I knew I had to try it myself. I needed something pretty and practical for the wall above my desk, and a personalised, colourful cork board was perfect for the job.
I’m really excited to share this project with you – not only does it improve something so common, ugly and boring, but it’s useful!
So, how do you make one yourself?
Materials you’ll need:
- A cork board
- Masking tape
- A selection of acrylic paints (in your choice of colours)
- Scissors (if you would like both thick and thin lines)
1. Using lengths of masking tape, separate the cork board into shapes. Begin by splitting the cork board into large sections, and then into further small triangles and polygons.
If you prefer, you can cut or fold the masking tape to create thinner lines between your shapes, too.
Tip: For clean lines, make sure your tape is smooth, especially when taping around the inside of the frame.
2. Next, paint your shapes! It doesn’t matter if you paint over the masking tape. That’s why it’s there.
To match my living room, I used a selection of blues as well as a lovely golden yellow and bright white to make the board pop a little bit more. Get creative!
3. Leave the cork board to dry for at least 3 hours. I left mine for 4 hours, as the paint was super thick and I didn’t want to risk ruining the clean lines of the paint.
4. Okay, this part is so satisfying if you’re like me and you love to peel the plastic off your new phone or new laptop – it’s time to peel off the masking tape.
Do it carefully (really, I mean savour this moment, it’s so good) and you’ll be left with a beautiful, colourful cork board full of geometric shapes.
5. To finish, paint the frame in your choice of colour. I chose white, because I thought it would look lovely against my pale blue walls (I was right!)
Tip: Make sure you paint the outer edges of the frame too, and not just the top. Otherwise, you’d have a weird combination of painted and wood edges leaving the final result looking a little unfinished.
I absolutely love the final result! It looks fantastic above my desk and it makes the space a lot more functional and noticeably tidier. Now, those many, many lists I make have somewhere to be pinned up instead of being shoved into a storage box, never to be seen again…
What good is a brand new cork board without some lovely pins? I couldn’t help myself, and when I saw these gorgeous wooden pins in Wilkos, I quickly snapped them up. They look great against all that colour of my new cork board.
And, that’s it! In 5 simple steps, you’ve got yourself a personalised, colourful, geometric cork board, ready to hold your photographs, lists, important notes and motivational quotes.
Do you like this idea? Do you think you’re going to try it yourself?
You can read my previous post here.
Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.