Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DIY Striped Cork Board


Like most of you, I took down all of my Christmas decorations over the long weekend and was left with a semi-empty feeling house. That does happen to everyone, right? I really loved our tree, our decorations and the fullness in the house this year and was sad to take it down. On the other hand, it sure is nice to clean up and get things tidy again! I will probably spend spare time in January de-cluttering again and organizing drawers, cabinets etc. In an effort to kick off that I decided to paint our relatively boring cork board that is in our laundry room. The laundry room connects the garage to the house and we walk in and out of this room countless times a day, so I would like to clean it up. Here is it on the wall. Next on the list, paint that wall!


I forgot to take a before picture with all of the clutter on it, but you get the picture. I thought we could use a little "punch" in the laundry room. I started off by spray painting the frame in Krylon Gold. 


Ta-da, already looking brighter! I love anything with a touch of gold. Since I have been loving stripes in a big way, I decided to paint the cork part in stripes! You ladies are smart enough to know how to paint stripes, but the simple details are that I measured the inside of the cork and found that 6 stripes would work in this space (I wanted wide and several repeats). I painted section by section and peeled off the tape when it was still wet to ensure a clean edge.

I used acrylic paints in White and Gray Wolf by Martha Stewart. 
I do love the quality of her acrylic paints!

So, here it is all finished. I took it outside because the angle in the laundry room is hard to capture.


I think I ended up with a much more interesting wall! What do you think?!



Because I like little bits of inspiration I hung onto this little card that came with a package from Tory Burch over Christmas. 


I think this is a great place to display my Lilly calendar. Isn't it adorable?


I have a few pictures from our engagement night, wedding, and other fun, fun little memories of weddings....


So, that is my start of organizing for 2012! Can I just say that all of your comments on my last post made my day/week too? Y'all are the best!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!! xo.

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16 comments:

Fashion Meets Food said...

Now this is clever and adorable! I am definitely making one of these myself! Thanks for sharing. xo

Dayna Leigh said...

That is such a great idea! It turned out looking great girl!

Ashlee @ They Lived Happily Ever After... said...

LOVE that board. SO CUTE! From your newest follower.;)

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

This is adorable! I am so 'pinning' this once I get home!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I love this. Such a wonderful idea, your board turned out great!

Meg {henninglove} said...

this is so cute and creative katie! i love the simple but fabulous project. stripes are always a must too in my book :-) happy wednesday!

faith in between said...

this is SO cute.

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

Love this project! The colors you picked are perfect! You did a great job!

Sarah said...

I love this! It's so pretty!! :)

KatiePerk said...

Great project! I like the colors you chose.

Carly {a simple affair} said...

This turned out beautifully Katie!! And like you said, it will be so nice because you walk through this room so frequently. I know it would put a smile on my face each time I passed it :)

xoxo,

Carly

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

I love it! I've been wanting to make a corkboard/ inspiration board for myself for awhile now, but I never would've thought of painting the actual cork. Great idea.

Antee Gurung said...

wow wata great DIY project!1 looks so ready made!! very cool!! i'm gonna try for myself too
btw i just came across ur blog n i think its very creative!! i would love to check out more of ur updates!!! How abt we follow each other??
love & luck
ANN

Amanda said...

Totally agree with the empty feeling! And I love how your frame turned out! I'm quite impressed :)

pam {simple details} said...

So fun & functional!! That calendar is too cute!

Candie@Craftbaby.com said...

Those stripes are so fun!!! :) You should totally enter this project into Craftbaby's DIY a Corkboard Challenge! :) http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/20/diy-a-cork-board

xx
Candie