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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DIY Herringbone Cork Board {Monthly DIY Challenge}


It's time again for another #MonthlyDIYChallenge!

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

Each month a few of my favorite blogging pals and I get together and "challenge" each other to create a project based on a particular material or theme.  This month's theme was cork and I'm super stoked about my new office addition!  I have to admit though,  I almost copped out and made coasters until I got the brilliant (at least I think so, ha!) idea to make a cork board for my office.

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

I started by picking up a 2x4 sheet of thin plywood from Home Depot (about $10.00) and (4) 1/4 inch 1 x 4 poplar boards (about $1.40 a piece).
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I framed the plywood with the poplar boards, cutting the corners at a 45 degree angle.
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I like to mark my angles to make it easier to remember where I need to cut.  Yes, I often forget in the 5 seconds it takes me to walk over to the saw.  
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I used wood glue to glue the poplar boards to my plywood then used a very high tech system to keep the pieces in place. 
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I grabbed whatever I could find laying around our messy garage and piled them onto my framed board, letting it dry overnight.  Don't think you need to have high tech tools to accomplish DIY projects, you will be surprised what you can do with what you have laying around your house.  I didn't even bother using my nail gun to reinforce the frame, the glue held just fine.

After the glue was dry I painted the entire board with a few coats of white paint.  I then took my roll of cork (I bought this one from Michael's using a 50% off coupon!) and cut it into 3x6 inch rectangles.
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I attached the cork to the board using Elmer's spray adhesive.  If you used satin, eggshell or semi-gloss paint on your board make sure you sand your paint a bit to help the glue adhere better.  It also helps to spray the glue onto your cork, let it sit a minute to let the glue get tacky then add the cork to your board.

I started in the corner and worked my way out, adding the cork in a herringbone pattern.
DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
After I added all the cork I screwed in two D ring hooks for hanging and was good to go.

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four


DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four

DIY Herringbone Cork Board- Little House of Four
I still haven't finished this space or styled my desk, so stay tuned for the full room reveal!

In the meantime, check out the rest of the amazing cork projects.


16 comments:

  1. This turned out awesome, Katie!! And girl, you need some clamps ;)

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    1. Thanks Bre! Ha, I actually do have clamps. It was just easier to pile everything on top the board rather than hunt for my clamps, LOL!

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  2. This is awesome, Katie! I was wondering how you cut all the little rectangles so perfectly...SO smart to use the rolls! It looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Amy! I still had to measure all the rectangles, which got old real quick. Thankfully, it was all worth the trouble.

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  3. This is the CUTEST idea ever! And I agree with Amy that your method of making the rectangles was so smart! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

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  4. What a unique corkboard! I see the green metal drawers...were those mounted on a wall? or are they different ones?

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yes, those are the same metal drawers that are mounted on the wall in the mudroom. I liked them so much that I bought two of them, one for the mudroom and one for my office!

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  5. Katie! I think you win this 'challenge' :) This turned out so gorgeous and it's so you!!

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  6. This is fabulous, Katie! So unique and super cute!

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  7. It's so beautiful!! I just adore the herringbone pattern. And your photos turned out fantastic!! Love it all :)

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  8. the best cork board for real xx

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  9. Ah! Girl, I love this!! Such a cute way to dress up cork, and I love that pattern. Looks fab in your little office space!

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  10. Love love LOVE the herringbone design!!! I never would have thought to do that!!! It gives that cork board so much flare! Can't wait to see your whole office space!

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  11. Looooove! The herringbone pattern looks amazing and is such a creative Idea! The whole space looks awesome!

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  12. What a wonderful idea! Great job! I've never done a cork roll project, and wondered if the rolled pieces are thick enough for a standard push pin to go through? I did see you used pins, but didn't know if they're a standard type, or shorter. Seriously considering this for this weekend's project! Thank you!

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