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Easy DIY: Herringbone Cork board

easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

If you were wondering if I fell off the edge of the blogosphere, you might have been right. What have I been up to? The last few weeks have been the most intense diy-ing block of my whole year! From Andrew's 2nd birthday party, to decorating for my sister-in-law to be's wedding, to a fun Halloween project I'm working on in partnership with Joann Fabric!

As Ricky Recardo might say, ay ay ay.

Whew! I took a break from wedding decor and Halloween crafting to let you know I'm still alive, and to share an easy bulletin board update. It has been transformed from a normal boring cork board into a modern, herringbone celebrating, gold accented beauty!

I needed a functional works pace for my Mid Century Craigslist desk in the kitchen, and especially a bulletin board to pin bills, letters, and other important paper upon.

I bought a pack of these 12x12 cork board tiles from Target, not exactly sure what I would end up doing with them.
easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

After some stewing, staring, and squinting at the cork tiles, I decided to try a herringbone pattern with painted cork "tiles". I marked out 16 smaller tiles on the large tile, each 6" by 1 1/2. I cut all the large tiles this way.
easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

 For my palette I chose gold, white, aqua, and a few custom mixes of seafoam.  It took two coats of regular craft paint to cover up the cork, brushing it on thick so it would sink into most of the little holes in the surface.
easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

Once everything was painted and dry, I laid out a few trial patterns. I totally liked the randomness of the colors next to each other.
easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

 I hot glued each tile to a piece of cardboard. You could also use the back of a picture frame. I made sure my cardboard would fit into a frame I had laying around.
easy herring bone modern cork board #bulletin_board #office #clever_nest

I started with the middle ones and worked my way to the outer edges, pressing HARD to smoosh the tiles as close to each other as possible. Note: there will be gaps between the tiles. Partly because cork board is made up of little flecks, and those flecks don't always cut perfectly straight. And partly because I didn't use geometry to make sure I was laying down the tiles perfectly square. Before I started gluing down the tiles I actually painted my cardboard piece in the dark aqua color. This helped later when the gaps were permanent. And instead of seeing brown cardboard underneath, it was the color of my tiles.

Once everything was stable, I went back around the edges with scissors and trimmed off all the extra cork.
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board


And done! This was so easy, and fast. I love that it didn't have to be perfectly square or 100% even. It looks good from close up and far away. Gotta keep this craft in mind for the future!
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

If you get eyeball to eyeball with it, you can start to see some of the gappage. Not too bad, right?
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

Also cheering up my office space is this bright mini globe. A $9.99 find at Homegoods. Love!
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

This is the little painted pot that has gotten 15 thousand (THOUSAND!) views and over 7 thousand pins! Still loving it, and you can see lots more pictures of it at the link above. You guys are awesome :)
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

Vintage blue mason jar that I snagged for free at a thrift store going-out-of-business.
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

Evolution of a Room
I've come to terms with the notion that the rooms in my house will never truly be finished. They will morph and evolve as my style changes and as trends come and go. It's fun to see how different this room has looked, just in the past year we've lived here!

Version 1: moving day, November '12
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

Version 2: later November '12
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

Version 3: October '13
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board

I definitely like the current version best! It's finally getting my modern/ eclectic vibe with the aqua, yellow, and lime color scheme.
 herringbone pattern out of cork board #office #clever_nest #bulletin_board


That's all for now. I promise I'll be back in regular contact from now on. I'm hoping to get the Joann Halloween craft done this weekend, in time to share with you next week!

Hope you have a great Saturday :)


    

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