Today, I’m going to show you how I created these awesome life-size pinboards! They became the focal point in my basement redo and I love how they turned out!
So here is the thing. I love Pinterest. I am totally a Pinterest girl. I have over 125 boards. Seriously. Good GRACIOUS that is a lot of boards! What am I thinking?? With that said — I miss old school inspiration boards. I miss flipping through magazines, ripping out the pages with that satisfying top to bottom swwwwish and pinning them on cork pinboards. I miss the tactile handling of inspiration.
- Cork Squares – 6×6 (These larger squares are the bulk of the wall!)
- Cork Squares – 4×4 (These are optional accent corks)
- Paint (any paint will work, but a flat or eggshell interior from your local home improvement store works best!)
- Empty Frames (From the thrift store or side of the road!)
- Cork Boards (Various Sizes)
- Canvas (Various Sizes)
- Plaster and Molds (Optional for making pushpins) or Push Pins
- Baker’s Twine and Tags (for labeling boards)
- Chalk Markers
- Magazine Clippings, Fabric Swatches and Other Inspiring Tidbits
- Pennant Banner (Optional)
Pinterest gives us the entire world of art to explore, pin and capture, but there is still that missing element of interacting personally and physically with the clippings. There is something about those old magazine clips that make you connect more deeply to the photo, the art, the design, the vision of the creator behind them. So, I decided that I wanted to bring back that feeling and go BIG with a life-size cork Pinterest pinboard wall, with pared down boards, pared down pins and the simple celebration of inspiration — old school.
It all starts with a good old fashioned cork board. I “pinned” a few clippings, gave my board a title with simple tags, twine and the foolproof chalk markers. Then I decided to go BIG or go home and I dragged out some of those huge frames that I had been collecting from yard sales, thrift stores, side of the road trash heaps….all those empty sad frames that needed a good home. They found one on this wall o’ inspiration!
The frames are layered over the painted cork wall, separating the expanse of cork into “pinboards,” again categorized with simple tags. How to MAKE a giant cork wall? Well, hold on tight because here we go!
Instructions to create life-size pinboards:
Step 1. Those 6 x 6 cork tiles are the foundation of the wall, and while they come with little tacky squares to attach them, I found hot glue to be MUCH faster and held better. So save those little foam stickies for a smaller project and use your heavy duty, high temp hot glue on the back of the tiles to attach.
Step 2. When you open your cork tiles, you will notice there is a “bumpy” side and a smoother side. I loved the look of the painted finish over the smooth side, so that is what I went with, but you go for what suits YOUR fancy. Just be aware that the bumpy side will need MORE paint for a solid color!
Step 3. When you start attaching the tiles, start in the very corner of your wall and start working your way down AND over at the same time. Then, start stair-stepping your way across the wall, lining up the cork tiles exactly in the corner to minimize any spaces.
Step 4. Warning — you probably WILL have some spaces that don’t fit exactly! (…unless you’re perfect 🙂 ) Don’t freak out and start ripping down tiles. Just make slight, little adjustments and keep stair stepping across the wall. Squeeze tiles in when you need to, leave a little space if you need to, but DO NOT go to the opposite wall and start working your way towards the middle. Disaster will ensue!!
Step 5. Once the tiles are attached and have had a chance to dry fully, start painting! I liked a more matte finish against the texture of the tile, so I went with an eggshell interior paint. If you have any spaces, let the paint pool in those holes, creating a seamless surface. The paint will drip, so make sure to catch those before they drip along your cork and add multiple layers of paint to make sure the surface is completely flat.
Step 6. I added in a few plain old cork squares without paint (see the bottom left), along with a few little 4×4 tiles to add interest. I also added a large canvas in the middle of the arrangement to add yet another layer of interest and contrast to the wall. Here is the full low-down on this creative basement space:
2. I painted our piano to blend into the wall and added a song inspiration pinboard.
3. The large canvas anchors the arrangement, but you could also use 4 large frames or do a whole wall in 8 by 10’s — the options are limitless!
4. Empty frames fill out the rest of the “pinboards,” along with additional cork boards hung directly on the wall (to the left, out of frame on the photo)
So you tell me — do you think the “after” beats the “before”?