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corkboard project

ac and i live right above our neighborhood hardware store. i never thought i'd get so into a shop like that but i find myself in there at least twice a week looking for odds and ends. for the past few weeks as i waited in the check out line i would look at these dark cork tiles in the sale bin and think "those are cool". until last night i couldn't think of any way to use them (i don't have an office and there's not really a clear "work" area in the house). but then it hit me- i always clip random recipe and food articles so why not use it in the kitchen. the whole room is still white (a comprise because i couldn't decide on a color yet) so i thought it would be a great way to organize my clips and bring some color into the room.

so, for about $24 i scooped up two packs of dark cork tiles and used the included sticky-squares to place them on the wall [bigger pictures right here]. ac liked it so much he suggested we do the whole wall (or at least more space) in the tiles. i'm going to live with this for a few days and see how it feels but if you're looking for a way to bring some color (and function) to a small space, these cork tiles are a great (and super affordable) way to do that. you can pick up the same tiles right here and here ($12.19 for a pack of 4 squares) or find a similar cork product at your local hardware or craft store. [you can also grab a roll of lighter-colored cork material right here]



Blogger The Folks at Yarncraft said...

I say go for it, do that whole wall. you don't have to necessarily cover the whole wall with clipping, but it would add such beautiful texture and warmth!

Great job!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks grace! now i'm convinced. i'd been thinking about doing something similar in a big way (6 ft square) in my studio, with a glossy white ornate frame surround, to display my work. i'll send a pic when it's done.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! At first, I thought it was a clipping from a magazine. (Of course, your home is styled just as well as those I've come across in shelter publications.)

I have that same cuckoo clock (spraypainted white) and couldn't think of anywhere to put it. I would never have thought to put it on a corkboard! Genius.

11:32 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks! i think i'm going to have to scoop up the rest of the squares at tarzian...they're so warm. and i love the dark brown as opposed to the light cork.


11:36 AM  
Blogger Julie at Belle Vivir said...

Love it.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

this looks great grace!!! once i move into a new place i was thinking of doing this on a wall in my painting studio/husband's music studio/office space. we have all these little bits of random things and i think it would contain it and be our little inspiration wall. great job!

12:10 PM  
Blogger rena said...

how thick are the tiles? i am tempted to do this at the shop (you have seen how messy it gets behind the counter). and then buy those cute map pins with the colored heads...

my parents used to have cork wallpaper in their foyer. ok it was a little 80s, but the walls were warm and suedelike, i liked it.

12:13 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


they're about a quarter inch thick? not too thick...they'd be perfect for the shop!


12:15 PM  
Blogger Susan Schwake said...

i love the dark brown... it is a good foil for the clippings and what nots.
r has an aversion to cork as it is over used in germany's apt.s but i love it - especially in the dark color... i lined my kitchen drawers with the thin stuff and it is wonderful.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Brickgrrl said...

Good gravy. Even your corkboard is beautiful, tasteful, and balanced!

Also- hardware stores are fab places! Candy stores without calories! I love using items for uses otherwise unintended. [A million years ago I bought a mechanic's Craftsman for my studio instead of using the icky plastic taboret from the art supply store.]

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did the same thing, except I wanted to warn you that my little sticky squares don't hold and they fall down... so I ended up using little nails to secure mine.

I like the dark board better then what I picked up also...

12:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love the look of this! I have to second Kristina's comment as I did the same thing and the sticky squares didn't hold for me either. You may want to secure them before you beautiful display falls down :)

I LOVE the dark brown as opposed to the light cork color too.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can even buy those boards in packs of 4 for a measly $1 at Dollar tree stores. Good for those on a budget! They work perfectly in my office.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used those in a dining room in my old apt. I just purchased the pack of 4 and spaced them out along the wall at eye level. Even with nothing on them, they looked great. Simple and minimal, but warm.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

grace, could you please tell me where you bought that white frame that the flock print is in?
also, i love your cork idea. i used to have some in my last apt, i unfortunately left them behind. i gotta pick up replacements!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware using the roll of cork--it is not thick enough to hold tacks!!
I bought a roll a couple months ago, spent over an hour sticking all 6 ft of it up the wall, then proceeded to try to tack stuff up and it was too thin to even keep the tack in place.
Go for the squares instead.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I have been searching for these + trying to describe them to people in hardware stores *without* making reference to the 70's + I just have not been able to locate them. Now I know why, if you found them in the sale bin then they are probably not readily available anymore.
I ended up going in another direction with my clippings board.
My friend ended up using cork trivets on her wall.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Lobster and swan said...

My kitchen is also plain white, This idea would be brilliant way to add colour. I have stacks of magazine clipings piling up all over the house causing my boyfriend distress!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did this last year, and the tiles smelled like burnt rubber. I kept thinking the smell would fade, but it didn't, so I took them down and threw them all out :(

2:16 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

grace this looks great.
i found those tiles at my hardware store too. i was thinking of flooring the teeny tiny bathroom with them. i wonder if that would work?

3:58 PM  
Blogger Acorn + Archer said...

I have these same cork squares that I also purchased at a hardware store! I love the rich chocolate brown texture, and they work perfect in my office at work where we aren't allowed to "nail" things to the wall. I too had trouble keeping them up with the small double stick squares after about 6 months...FYI.

4:08 PM  
Blogger ** Terramia ** said...

The rich brown looks gorgeous. Fab idea... I have a conventional cork board that lacks pizazz and orginality, so this is really inspiring. Merci!

5:12 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i had the bird print framed at sky frame and art on west 28th. it was around $70.

the print is by wayne payte at goodshapedesign.com. it's about $30.


(ps: my cork doesn't smell...yet at least)

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Could you tell me where you got the print at the top of the board - the one with the girl in the yellow dress?

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should totally do the entire wall space right there, it would look great!

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cork looks nice.
had you considered using magnetized blackboard paint to do a square? or any magnetized paint and then another color over it, just in one place...you could do a border around it to make it fancy...

10:29 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

the print of the girl in the yellow dress is by dkim:



6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. That's what I use my refrigerator for!

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

instead of cork you can also try using flor tiles (www.flor.com) for some fun patterns and colors

12:57 PM  
Blogger shoppista said...

such a cool idea! they look so retro, too (in a good way).

6:19 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I've been looking for some corkboard tiles to do my office wall for a while but when I found them at office supply places I was totally disappointed with the pricing so I kind of gave up on my search. Thank you for the renewed hope of finding something at a great price!!

11:05 AM  
Blogger K said...

i tried to do this at my last apartment but had a really hard time taking it off the walls after!!

how did you get it to stick? and to easily remove it after your done?

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous! Can you tell me where you got your cuckoo clock? I've been looking for one just like that.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Cajsa said...

Is that a Swedish semla I see - YUM! This is a great idea : )

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks awesome, grace!

8:20 AM  
Blogger ali said...

i did this in both my kitchen and on a side wall in our bedroom. it makes me so happy to look to my right and enjoy clippings, inspiration, and pictures that i've picked up here and there. like tchotchkes for walls. :D i've even debated making a sort of pattern with them instead of just boring ol' squares.

this post reminds me of domino mag's editorial on displaying photos on a cork wall. remember that issue? may 06 i think.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha! Growing up my older brother had two walls of cork tiles in his bedroom; a concept I never really appreciated until I was 14 and trying to thumbtack posters into the fake wood paneling on my walls. Nice to see cork making a comeback--they look great!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Jan Halvarson said...

this looks great grace, and i like the idea of having inspiration hanging around!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the same problem with Ballerina K. Any advice how to make it look gorgeous yet it won't get too messy with all the sticking and nailing part to the wall?

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - I love how this looks in your kitchen! I am looking for a pretty bulletin board for my room - do you think the cork tiles are thick enough to cover in cloth? I was thinking of something like these linen covered ones at Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p5123/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C20%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Cbulletin%20board&cm%5Fsrc=SCH

I was thinking I could glue gun some cute fabric, and nail some photo hangers on the back to secure to the wall (I have textured wallpaper so the sticky tabs probably won't work). What do you think?

10:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i really like the dark brown. i think it looks great!

11:40 AM  
Blogger janet v said...

I did something similar with round cork trivets from IKEA--sold in packs of 6. You can make a geometric or randow pattern on the wall with them...

12:39 PM  

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