Interior designer Em Henderson is endlessly creative when it comes to decor. Often showcasing her clever crafts and DIY hacks, we're always intrigued by the home decor ideas she comes up with.
This time, the interior designer transformed an old bulletin board into a custom corkboard to display in her child's bedroom, creating a whole new look by painting it and adding wooden circular knobs all along its frame. You can read all about the full process on Em Henderson's blog, but we've summarized the main steps below to help you on your way with this home decor idea.
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Step One: Paint the background
To conceal the original cork which in Em's case was quite badly marked, start by painting the whole background of the corkboard in the color of your choice. Em opted to use acrylic paint ideas in a white hue, but you could alternatively go for a darker color depending on the look you want to create.
Step Two: Paint the wooden knobs
For a playful bobbin look, Em decided to decorate the edge of the mirror with wooden circular knobs, lining them around the outside of the rectangular frame. Before doing so, she spray painted each of these in a hot pink hue – again, you could choose whatever color you like.
Step Three: Paint the frame
To match the bright pink color of the wooden knobs, the interior designer matched the frame of the corkboard by painting it in the same color, ensuring that once everything's attached you won't be able to see any of the original color from underneath.
Step Four: Attach the wooden knobs
Em explains in her blog that the next step is to attach all of the painted wooden knobs around the perimeter of the frame. You'll want to use gorilla glue for this, but Em warns to be careful and make sure that this is clear glue, as some of them are colored meaning you will see this on the frame once dried.
Step Five: Display
Once everything is securely attached, the corkboard is ready to display in the room of your choice. Em opted to hang it horizontally in her daughter's bedroom and has started to pin colorful art to it, but you can get creative and display whatever you like for a unique wall hanging.
If you're feeling inspired to try your hand at this playful DIY idea, start by shopping the below items, and then you'll just need to decide on your favorite color of paint.
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Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.
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