Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cork Board Make-Over - BTSH Around The House Tip of the Week

Covering with fabric allows you to colour coordinate your cork board with your space. Recover to repurpose!

Cork boards are a necessity in any office space. They allow you to keep memos, messages, and other important information at your fingertips, and top of mind. Unfortunately, most are not designed to be aesthetically pleasing. The best solution for this is a simple project to cover your bulletin board with a fabric of your choice that will suit your work space.


Cork board (purchase one the right size and shape for your space)
Cotton Batting
Glue Gun
Staple Gun
Thumb Tacks or Upholstery Tacks

Measure your cork board, adding 4 inches to your width and length, then cut your fabric accordingly. The cotton batting should be cut to the size of the cork board, adding only about a 1/2 inch to ensure full coverage. Place your fabric on your work surface with the wrong side up (I prefer to simply use the floor for this). Place the cotton batting centered on the fabric. Place your cork board upside down, centered on the batting. Pull one side of the fabric over the back of the cork board, and staple in the center, then do the same to the opposite side. Continue around the board, being sure to tuck in the corners neatly.

Trim any excess fabric, and use the glue gun to glue down the fabric edges for a clean finish. You can then leave the board as is, or you can add criss-crossing ribbons, or tacks (as I have done). For the tacks, I simply used thumb tacks, but you can also use the staple gun to place staples, or use upholstery tacks. Be sure to use a ruler to ensure proper spacing and alignment. Then simply glue your bead or silk flower to the tacks for an added decorative touch. This project was completed start to finish in about 15 minutes!

Written by Shauna Lynn, Beyond The Stage Homes

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