As part of getting the kitchen cleaned up and organized, I really wanted to do something with this eye-sore of a cork board we had decorating one wall. (Wish I could have taken a “before” picture, but, unfortunately, it would have included taking pictures of sensitive information, such as personal addresses.) Not only was it a bit of a hot mess (littered with outdated business cards and receipts that we were, for some reason, saving from 1997), but it was also rather plain and boring, making it a perfect specimen for a geek chic make-over!
Here is the cork board all cleaned off and ready to be geekified. (And, yes, I do regularly make up words. As both an English teacher and a writer, I’m allowed. That’s my argument, anyway, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 )
The first thing I did was cut some batting to fit the cork board. (I cut it to fit just inside the wood frame.) Then I took my trusty staple gun and stapled the batting down to the cork.)
Next, I cut my chosen fabric. Make sure to cut it a few inches bigger all around than the cork board. You want some over-hang, so that you can pull the fabric tight and staple it around the back. (I used this Star Trek toile, because I loved the idea of this fabric – “hiding” Star Trek images in plain site by using a toile pattern. See “14 Subtly Geeky Fabrics for Keeping the ‘Chic’ in Geek” for some more fabric ideas or check out our Geek Fabrics & Crafting Supplies Pinterest board.)
Then I wrapped the fabric around and stapled it to the back of the board, making sure to pull it tight as I went along.
Here’s what the board looked like with all the fabric stapled on:
Next, I cut lengths of ribbon (I used a navy blue grosgrain) to fit in a criss-cross fashion across the board. These I also stapled down to the back of the board using my staple gun.
Lastly, I used spiral upholstery pins (you can find these at Jo-Ann’s) to anchor down the ribbons in all the spots where the ribbons crossed over. This is what allows the ribbons to hold all your cards/postcards/business cards/random papers in place.
And voila! Here’s the finished product hanging on the kitchen wall: