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Painted Cork Board in the Kitchen

blog-imageAs mentioned in this post, we are currently in the middle of a mini Kitchen remodel. A few months ago, my Dad came and helped up build a fridge surround that made MUCH better use of the cabinet above the fridge. This week!! our new cabinet doors are being delivered and we put an order in at Lowes for the new windows! Things are slowly coming together.

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We love the fridge surround in the kitchen, and are so happy it makes the fridge seem a bit more purposeful there at the end of the row of cabinets. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of magnetic space on the left side, so I decided to make a fancy-shmancy cork board to pin up all the baby announcements, coupons, and business cards that need a home on the fridge. I had a few brand spankin’ new door samples in gray (from a company we didn’t end up purchasing doors through) and decided to use the larger one as my cork frame.

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I found some cheap (like $8 for 4) cork squares at Lowes and used my fabric cutter to get the squares the correct size to fit my “frame”. I’m just praying my fabric cutter still cuts fabric after this project! Ha! **cue all the quilters worldwide shuddering as I type this**

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I cut the cork squares to be the same size so all 4 tiles would line up in the center of the frame. I probably wasted cork this way, but prefer the look of SYMMETRY.

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The fabric blade didn’t make it through the cork entirely, but made a nice edge to bend and snap off the pieces I didn’t need. I secured the cork to the frame with a hefty amount of liquid nails.

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Next step was painting. I didn’t want plain, old cork on my fridge, so I taped off a design using frog tape and carefully painted the tape edges with a tiny paintbrush and white wall paint (Snowy Mount by Olympic that I have used house-wide for trim and crown moulding). and here is the finished product!


We still need to give the fridge surround a fresh coat of paint, but since I used photo hangers on the back of the cabinet door, it’s easy to take down and paint behind.

cork after



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Aren’t these the cutest little owl thumb tacks?? Hope you enjoyed this little kitchen craft! More on the kitchen to come soon!

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