We had this old, ugly cork board laying around our house since I moved in that sat in our junk room and has essentially haunted me (yes, I’m overdramatic lol). I’ve been wanting to get rid of it as it was faded but I decided to give it a refresh instead and put it in my office! This was so easy and a great way to add some style to something I had planned to throw away purely because it wasn’t aesthetically pleasing enough!
Here’s the board that I started with:
What you’ll need to update your own:
- Cork board (any size)
- Acrylic paint (I used 4 colors but you can pick however many you want!)
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
If your cork board has been collecting dust like mine was, take a damp paper towel and clean it up so there isn’t any debris on it before you paint. Make sure it’s dry before moving on.
Take your painter’s tape and cover the frame if you don’t plan on painting it (I did this however in the end I decided to paint it white). Skip this if you’re going to paint the frame at the end.
Using the tape, create a design on your board. I went for a geometric pattern but you can essentially make any design you want with your tape. I thought stripes would be a cool approach as well! There’s no wrong way to do this & I love that every person who does this will have a different board. If you have a Cricut, you could even make a stencil with whatever design you want instead of using tape!
Make sure your tape is pressed down really well so paint doesn’t bleed through!
Start painting! I tried to space my colors out as best I could but again there’s really no wrong way to do this.
TIP: I recommend choosing darker colors so you don’t need as many coats of paint. The white on mine took several coats and it still is a bit see through.
Let your paint dry completely! Once it has dried, you can remove the tape and reveal your awesome design!
Step 5 (Optional) :
Paint your frame if you want to! Let it dry and hang that baby up!
And that’s it! If you give this a try, I’d love to see so make sure you tag me on instagram @makingstuffwithsam & #makingstuffwithsam !
Here’s the video that goes through the process as well!