Friday, April 13, 2012

Cork Board Refresher

I've had this old corkboard since I was probably 8 years old.  It's been with me through all my moves over the years, functioning in my bedroom growing up, to my college dorm room, first apartment, 2nd apartment, 3rd apartment, 4th apartment, ohmygoodness the list goes on and on . . . I moved around A LOT after college.

Anyway, the corkboard has maintained its usefulness over the years but it was looking kind of shabby (and not in a chic way).  Since we have moved all these rooms around here, my "office" space is now in a completely different location and desperately needs some refreshing in organizing as well as beauty.  Right now it's a right mess.

Corkboard Makeover Progress
The only "before-ish" shot I bothered to take.  But at least you can see the blah of the "wood" on the sides.  I would have spray painted the frame, but I didn't have any spray paint on hand.  Whatever.

So, no big "reveal" of the space today, but I did manage to gussy up my corkboard for your viewing pleasure (well, really for mine, but I'm sharing it with you because that's what I do).  Oh, and I totally didn't take step by step photos so I'll just kind of explain what happened here:

Cork Board Makeover
I had a 1/2 yard cut of that pretty bird fabric (will find the source at some point . . . my piece was not large enough to catch the name on the selvage, but I picked it up at JoAnn's ages ago edited: FOUND IT!  Legacy Studio Cotton Fabric-Fresh Fusion Large Spring Floral Cream - - just in case you MUST HAVE IT - lol), which was not quite large enough to cover the whole board.  I really had my heart set on using this fabric because all of my organizing boxes and bins for my office area have all these great colors, and it would really tie all that up nicely.

So yes, I was kind of bummed.

But rather than chucking my idea, I used what I had . . . just centered it on the board and cut off the extra length.  Then, I went through my fabric hutch seeing what might work with it well.  I was pretty stoked when I found that I had enough of this Joel Dewberry green woodgrain fabric (left from a custom bag/change purse that I made awhile back) to cover the difference around the edge.

I love when it actually pays to save scraps.  :)

It's not rocket science . . . I just quickly zipped the pieces together (like making a giant quilt block) and took some flat head pushpins to secure the fabric to the board.  I had briefly considered using some kind of spray adhesive, but then thought that if I ever want to change up the look someday I won't be locked into something.

I mean . . . I have had this thing for over 20 years, so it's not crazy to assume it might stick around for quite awhile longer and possibly my tastes might change!

I freshened up the edges with some white paint I had lying around (some acrylic or another) and there you have it.  I'm planning on hanging it over my desk with my calendar on one side and some acrylic bins that I've got on the other to free up some desk space of mine that always seems to have piles.  :P

Anyone else tackling organizing projects lately?  Or beautification of old stuff projects lately?  I feel like I have so many more organizing projects lately since we moved all of our stuff around to get ready for the kiwi . . . not that she'll care, but I would like to get it all done beforehand since I will be too busy with baby snuggles to get into all of it after the birth!  That's the plan anyway . . .


Kathy April 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

Wow, what a neat idea!!! I'm still using an old corkboard that was Michelle's - its hanging in my sewing room... after seeing your idea, I now want to pull it down and do the same... if I ever find some time with all my other projects. Guess I'll be motivated when I find the "perfect" fabric for it... thanks for the great tip, you're AWESOME!!!

Kathy April 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM  

PS: Can't wait to see your new sewing room when its finished.

Skooks April 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM  

K - The good news is, this project is so fast you can really squeeze it in between other projects quite easily. If you have a big enough piece of fabric it would only take you as long as it takes to cut out the right size, pin it down, and paint the sides if you wish. If you have spray paint, the whole thing would probably take 15 minutes or something. Definitely doable.

Anonymous,  April 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM  

I love what you did with the old looks brand new. That green wood grain fabric is a must have.

blessings, jilly

Skooks April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM  

J - I know! I am in love with that woodgrain and wish I had more of it . . . in more colors. :)

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