Fabric-Covered Cork Board

Recently I shared our new week-at-a-glance calendar that I nicknamed “mission control” and today I’m going to show how I made our new “command center.” Apparently I think I’m working for NASA over here!

The school year is off to a good start, and the new calendar has been a great way to keep track of what’s going on each week. We also need a spot for all the other stuff that needs to be organized and easy to find like emergency info, school flyers, etc. I wanted a bulletin board for our command center, but I didn’t want to hang a boring old cork board in my lovely new kitchen so instead I got a little crafty.

Use fabric to cover a basic cork board or cork canvas to keep your command center organized.

Supplies

Cork canvases
Fabric (as much as you need for the size and number of your canvases)
Spray Adhesive
Staple gun & mid-weight staples or a hammer and brads or small nails
Ribbon, etc for trim (optional)

I started out with two 13×13 cork canvases that I found at Joann’s for about $8. I wanted something with a little dimension and the canvas style was perfect. The fabric came from the curtain aisle at Target. Sometimes fabric pops up in unexpected places!

Measure

Lay the cork board on the fabric, wrong-side up, using the hemmed edges as a guide.

Use fabric to cover a basic cork board or cork canvas to keep your command center organized.

Measure about 3 1/2″ from the larger seam so the fabric wouldn’t lay to thick on the finished side of the cork. I only measured in about 2 1/4″ from the smaller seam because obviously there isn’t as much thickness to worry about.

You can use chalk or fabric pen to mark out cutting lines so the fabric wraps all the way around the canvas. Then trim along the lines.

Attach the fabric

Coat the cork with a thin coat of spray adhesive and center on the fabric, making sure that the pattern is running straight across the front of the cork board. If the pattern is lopsided, it will look funny when the cork board is hanging.

Use fabric to cover a basic cork board or cork canvas to keep your command center organized.

Then wrap the edges of the fabric over the back of the cork board and staple along the edges using a staple gun. You could also use small finishing nails or brads, but a staple gun is faster and easier (and not very expensive). Staple fast… the baby will be waking from his nap soon!

Staple two sides that are opposite one another, being sure to pull the fabric taut. On the ends, I tucked the corners in like I was wrapping a present and folded it over as I stapled along the edge. Once everything is stapled down firmly, trim the excess fabric.

Hang your cork board

The cork boards that I bought came with Command strips for hanging. I figured since nothing too heavy will be hanging on these boards, I’d give it a try. I can always attach picture hangers later but for now here’s hoping they just stay up without any nail holes.

Next to our bulletin boards, I put up a new calendar that I printed out on mid-weight card stock from a blog I found on a link party. I can’t find the link now though so if it looks familiar, please let me know so I can give credit. The calendar is super cute and FREE and runs August 2012 to July 2013.

Obviously more will be going on the bulletin boards, but I really wanted to snap a picture of the project before it becomes a cluttered mess organizing masterpiece. Here’s our new command center!

Covering a cork board with fabric blends organization with decor.

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Spring Cleaning

There’s something about the fresh air of spring that makes me want to open all the windows and refresh the house. Tsh Oxenreider from The Art of Simple has a great series on spring cleaning. It’s a practical approach, addressing the house room by room through a three-step process: declutter, clean and organize.

The first step is to do a quick sweep of all the surface clutter so that you can more clearly see just how much work you need to do. We actually didn’t have as much junk lying around as I thought. The whole quickie decluttering process took me about half an hour. Just for your enjoyment, here are some before and after photos, all in the name of motivation for me to keep working.

Living Room:

Before: (the toy basket has a removable cover that we put on when we have company to fool our guests into thinking our house is cleaner than it is)

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After:

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Kitchen:

Before: (this corner is the notorious dumping ground in our home)

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After:

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Kitchen Table

Before:

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After:

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Bedroom

Before: (this picture really doesn’t do justice to the magazine stack on the top corner of the bed)

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After:

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Sometimes small changes make a big impact. Just clearing surfaces of unnecessary clutter does a lot to make our house feel more comfortable and peaceful.

What are your tricks for spring cleaning?

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