A cork board is the original way to pin. It’s a must for a creative office for looking at colors, posting inspiration from magazines, etc. I’ve had one in my office as long as I’ve been running my company.
A few years ago, I updated my old, bland cork board with paint to mimic the look of a spotted fabric I was in love with. It was great for a while and looked like a piece of art hanging on the wall. With the new office design plans I really wanted to do something new. The corkboard is still usable so I decided to reuse it again but give it a face lift with fabric.
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To do this yourself, you will need:
- Cork Board
- Choice of Fabric (mine is here)
- Hot glue gun (I prefer a full size one over a mini)
- Hot glue sticks
- gold push pins
Step 1: Lay Out Your Fabric
Start by laying out your fabric face down on a table or large work surface. Place your cork board face down on top of the fabric leaving at least a few inches around each edge.
Step 2: Cut Out your Fabric Piece to Fit
Leaving a few inches around the edge, cut out your fabric to size. Make sure there is enough fabric to wrap around to the back of your cork board before cutting.
You may also have to cut small notches to allow the fabric to wrap around any hanger hooks that stick up like mine.
Step 3: Glue fabric to back of Cork Board
Begin wrapping your fabric around to the back of your cork board using the hot glue to hold it in place. Making sure not to burn yourself, lightly hold the fabric in place until the glue cools and hardens. I used a solid line of glue in sections to glue the fabric and keep it tight.
In the corners, carefully fold the extra fabric and glue so it’s nice and clean. (Sorry, I don’t have photos of this)
Step 4: Add Thumbtacks around Edge
To add a little detail to the cork board I chose to add gold thumbtacks to the perimeter to look like upholstery pins. I simply pushed them into the cork board all the way around the edge being careful to keep them fairly evenly spaced.
The only thing left to do is hang your cork board. I love the mix of navy blue and gold and how the burlap like fabric that feels a little on the rustic side mixes with the bling of the gold. A perfect addition to my office for less than $40!