Though I have a lovely gallery wall in my office, what I face when I’m sitting at my desk are two doors – one which leads to the hallway and I almost always keep open, and the other which leads to our laundry room and I always keep closed since there’s another door we use to access that space.
For awhile I kept both doors blank, which made for an uninspiring view from my desk. I finally realized the door I always keep closed would be a great spot for a cork board. While I love Pinterest and use it almost daily, it’s nice to be able to pin on an traditional physical board. It’s a great spot not just for inspiring images, but also for notes, reminders, keepsakes, artwork, and fabric swatches. Plus a cork board gives me a certain tactile experience I don’t get when I’m pinning virtually, and by having it in front of my desk it can serve as something beautiful to glance at throughout the workday to give my eyes a rest from the computer screen.
Before heading to the store, I measured my door so I could easily decide what size cork board would make best use of the space. The 24×36 size was just the right width and height. Not too big, not too small.
To make it fit seamlessly with the decor of my office, I covered the board in a simple white cotton fabric and gave it the look of nailhead trim by adding super inexpensive thumb tacks along the line of the board’s frame. Since my place is a rental, I didn’t want to make any holes on the door, so I used command strips to mount the board.
Overall the process was easy and I’m thrilled with the results. Here’s how it looks:
I pinned: a few inspiring images (from my virtual boards) that I had printed on card stock, a magazine pull-out, a lovely art piece my sister made for me with the word ‘Love’ painted in gold, a few fabrics I’m considering for pillows for the shop, as well as a little printed reminder to myself to drink more water, take my vitamins, and make green juice.
For those of you interested in making a similar board for yourself, here’s a list of what I used and a few tips:
- 24×36 cork board
- 1 yard of white cotton fabric
- 2 packs of thumb tacks
- clear pushpins
- a pack of large command strips
- light duty staple gun
-Iron your fabric before stapling it to the board
-After you staple the fabric on one side of the board, pull the fabric really tight before stapling the other side.
-When placing the thumb tacks, use your thumb as a spacing guide
-Place the command strips on the frame of the board to help them best adhere to the wall
-The strips come in two different colors - black and white. Since you may possibly be able to see a little bit of the strips from a side view, get the ones that are closest in color to either your wall color or the color of your fabric.
-Most importantly, have fun pinning to your board!
*The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post. All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.