Friday, February 27, 2015

How To : Corkboard to Chalkboard + Inspiration board

I have a large cork board just hanging in my craft room without much use.As I was re making my craft area I thought I can make use of the cork board effectively. I saw a random idea of converting a cork board into a chalkboard and make it a dual purpose board.I implemented that idea along with my crafty touches to make a boring cork board look WOW !! Here is how.

Materials Required :
Cork board
Spray paint of your choice
White glue
Masking tape/ Painter's tape
Chalkboard paint
Paint pens of different colors(Optional)
Ruler and Pencil

Step 1: Cover the cork board frame (If you have one) with painter's tape or masking tape and spray paint the cork board with color of your choice.I used Blue ocean breeze from krylon. 

Step 2: Decide the area you want to make the cork board as chalk board and tape it around with masking tape. I decided to go chalky in the center of the board.

Step 3: Cover the area with a coat of white glue and allow it to dry.

Step 4: Apply chalk board paint over the coat of glue in one direction (Either horizontally or vertically).Allow it dry and then paint in the opposite direction.Allow it to dry. (I did two coats in each direction ).Remove the masking tape.

Step 5: Allow it to cure for 24 hours  .(Refer to the back of the paint bottle).

Step 6: Season the chalk board area with a piece of chalk and wipe it clean with a tissue or towel.Your chalkboard is now ready to use. 

Step 7: Add a border design to the chalkboard with a paint pen. You can also fix any uneven edges and mask it with a border design but it is up to you.

Step 8: Add some geometric designs or flowers using paint pen on the sides of the chalkboard. Even though you are going to cover that area with inspirations or pictures, I thought little details here and there will add a great touch to the board itself when you did not pin anything .So, I used a pencil and ruler to draw some sprinkles kind of rectangles all over the cork board and fill it with paint using paint pens.

Step 9: Write some inspirational words to fill the shapes , As I am going to have it in my craft room, I wrote create, paint, burn, knit, clay,sew,etc. You can also fill them with inspirational words like aim, achieve,be positive,dream high,love, etc if you are using the cork board for office space. 

Step 10 : That's it ! Your board is now ready to pin your inspirations, quotes,things to check/remind, reference guides ,write to do list and the list goes on!! Here is few examples of How I use them .

This is how my craft space looks right now with the inspiration board

 How is this makeover ? Do you have an inspiration board at your work place ? Let me know in the comments below.You can check the links below to see the tutorials for the other displays near the inspiration board in the picture.


  1. What an exciting idea! These would go great in my granddaughters bedrooms for all their after school activities.

  2. Well, look at you! I love that! I don't have an inspiration board, just a regular board, but this is a great idea!

  3. What a super cool idea! I I love the idea of having cork and chalkboard all in one thing. Awesome.

    Life With Lorelai

  4. We always love your inspiration! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again on Friday. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  5. Wow, that is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Awesome Life Friday!

  6. Love how it turned out! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  7. What a great idea!! Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Therapy Thursday at P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking. The new link has been posted for this week. I hope you'll join me.

  8. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

  9. Great project! I'm glad you shared it as part of the New Year Inspiration Round Up. I need to make a chalk board now. #HomeMattersParty

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