Monday, July 18, 2011

A pretty corkboard

Quite some time ago I decided to turn our office/guest bedroom/room where junk goes to die into Aidan's playroom. It's been a godsend to have all of his toys corralled somewhere other than our living room! 

After throwing away our guest bed (no complaints about the comfort of our air mattress so far!), we moved the desk and computer into the nook in our master bedroom. I've never been fully happy with this arrangement. Mostly because I did this all on a whim and didn't plan out where all of our office things were going to go once they arrived in our room. It's been a bit chaotic, to say the least.

Slowly our nook is turning into a functional office/craft space that doesn't interfere with the relaxing atmosphere I've been trying to create in our bedroom. 

(a view of our bedroom from the door)

I've been trying to make it feel like less of an office and more of an extension of our bedroom. I don't want the space to scream WORK, instead I think a whisper of work when you look at our room gives it a much better vibe.
(a view of the office nook from our bed)

I've been adding touches here and there and wanted to share an easy project that I did the other day, a fabric covered corkboard. I bought a corkboard at Goodwill for $1.99 (much cheaper than the same one I saw at Hobby Lobby for $12.99) and I wanted to pretty it up a bit before hanging it on the wall.

Using some inspiration from other corkboard makeovers, (this gorgeous inspiration board at Honey We're Home and this awesome map board over at Hi Sugarplum were my two faves) I got down to business.

* Corkboard (I spray painted the frame Krylon Pistachio beforehand)
* Spray adhesive
* Ruler
* Fabric
* Sharp scissors
* Fabric pencil
* White thumb tacks 

First I measured out my fabric and cut it to size. The fabric was a bit stretchy which made it a little harder to get the size exactly right.

Next, I ironed the fabric. I definitely did not want to take the time to do to this project, only to have it come out all wrinkled! Here's a view of our little "ironing" center. It's in a pretty weird spot, on the wall between our living room and breakfast room. It is convenient to have the board, iron, light and automatic timer all there for us. But, I'd rather it NOT be right in the middle of our main living quarters!

After my fabric was wrinkle-free I sprayed the entire corkboard with adhesive spray. Then I applied the fabric. It was a bit bigger than I had measured after it was ironed, so I used an exacto knife to tuck the excess fabric underneath the frame.

Originally I was going to put tacks all around the entire board, but in the end decided not to. The bright white of the tacks really doesn't go with my cream colored furniture, plus I didn't want it to detract from the fabric I had chosen.

And here is the end result!

I really like how it matches the colors in our room. It hasn't been hung up yet, as there are a few other things I want to do before hanging this bad boy up!

Hopefully I'll have more to share on our little nook/office makeover this week. :)


P.S.Linking up with Home Stories from A 2 Z today. 


  1. I'm sorry, I didn't really pay attention to your corkboard tutorial, because I fell so in love with your bed. It looks SO restful, in a French countryside kind of way! LOVE IT!

  2. Very jealous! Your room looks like a nice little getaway! I would love to do white but my husband likes the dark wood.

    The cork board looks like a great little project for the summer!

  3. How lovely! :) I love your nook. :)

  4. Your bedroom is gorgeous! The cork board will look great, I love the colors. Just perfect!

  5. You're bedroom is beautiful, I love the colors! Nice job on your cork board. :)


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