DIY Project: Wine Cork Chalkboard

Written by Jessica Van Midde on . Posted in DIY, Interior Decorating

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So, I finally got around to almost finishing decorating all the rooms in my new house.

My top priority room was my craft/art/office/guest room. Now that I have that room almost complete I can start working on my sewing, painting, and blogging projects and be more creative. I’m sooo excited! There are still a few things I need to buy like blinds for all the windows and a few more things here and there, but a home is never really ever done being decorating.

One DIY project I’ve always wanted to try was making a wine cork chalkboard. The wall above my desk really needed a mood board so I can neatly hang a lot of my inspirations without making the room look cluttered. In the image on the top left is what it looked like before.

Here is how I made this awesome wine cork chalkboard:
1. I first had to pick up a few materials at my local hardware store. I needed chalk paint and a piece of plywood. I lucked out and found a 4×6″ 1/2 inch piece of plywood that worked for my project.

2. I’ve been saving wine corks for the past few months. Going to local restaurants, wineries, and asking friends to save wine corks for me. There great to save and fun to collect. A fun quote I saw on Pinterest while working on this project today.

3. Once I got home I sanded the piece of plywood before adding primer.

4. I wiped down the plywood before applying prime. It took about one hour to dry.

5. Next, I added one coat of chalk paint. Then waited another 30 minutes to dry.

6. I ended up putting two coats of chalk paint on the plywood. This process takes about 2 hours.

7. After the last coat dried I gathered my bag of wine corks, my hot glue gun and started gluing all the wine corks on the edge of the plywood. Right now I only have enough corks to go around once so I still need to collect a lot of wine corks. Also they say you should wait three days before writing on the board just to make sure the paint is completely sealed.

8. Lastly, I needed some extra set of hands hanging the wine cork chalkboard to the wall so I asked my fiancĂ©. It’s good to have a second set of eyes when hanging the board on the wall so it’s not hung unevenly. The last thing you what is to puncture the wall too many times.

Materials needed:
Calk paint
Plywood (any size needed)
1 1/2 inch paint brush
Wine corks (depends on size)
Sand paper
Primer paint
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Power drill
4 Screws (3-4 inches to screw the board into the wall)

I think my DIY project ended up a success. I do however, think the board needs another layer of wine corks, that means a lot more corks to collect. Yippee!!

- Xoxo Jessica

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Jessica Van Midde

Jessica Van Midde is a San Francisco Bay Area Interior Decorator and Blogger. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

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