This project is simple and straightforward - although you do need steady hands to keep out air bumps, awkward folds, and other dirty stuff. The wallpaper we used was peel and stick from Target (click "Read More" for all the steps and details) - it's allegedly removable, plus super pretty. With one layer of adhesive paper we were able to totally transform my Mom's cork board (and kitchen wall). She was totally satisfied with the outcome. And it was so easy that I might try it out on a board in my house next.
You'll need the following items:
- A cork board
- A ruler
- Peel and Stick Wallpaper - we used Devine Color Diamond Wallpaper - Horizon (from Target, $30 for 24 square feet, 16.5 ' L x 20.0 " W)
- About 20 push pins or thumbtacks
Lay the wallpaper out (without taking the backing off/un-sticking it!) and place your cork board face-down on it to make sure you have enough paper to cover the board. We got lucky - the width of the paper (20") was a perfect fit for the board.
Give yourself plenty of room (leave about 2" on both sides of the board).
Don't make any cuts yet, even if you're itching to - it'll come out better if you pin and then cut!
Measure 2 inches over for the entire length of the side. Use the straight edge of the ruler to crease the paper at this point.
Place 3-4 pins along the first side to hold down the paper.
Again, measure 2" from the edge of the board (with the paper wrapped around it).
Then cut the wallpaper roll away from the portion you're using on the cork board. This doesn't have to be perfect since it'll be on the back of the board, but you can use the ruler and a pen to mark the line before you cut if you're a perfectionist like my mom.
Using the same technique from Step 4 pin the second side down (again with 3-4 thumbtacks or push pins).
For each corner my Mom cut off the excess paper (in the top photo of the collage on the left).
Then she folded the corner so it would be as tightly and neatly wrapped as possible from the front (similar to wrapping a gift, second photo in the collage).
Finally she pinned the corner down (third photo in the collage).
Follow this process for all four corners until they're all pinned up and pretty.
The final step in the dry fit is to pin the top and bottom of the board. It was a little tighter of a fit for us because we didn't have a full 2" as we did the sides. Mom pulled the paper as taut as she could and then pinned. There were about 6 pins for each long/top side.
Once this step is complete, turn the board over to make sure you like how it looks. My mom also hung it to make sure it was exactly what she wanted before she began sticking the paper to the board. Satisfied? Great, continue on!
Un-pin the paper from the board completely. Set the pins aside for when you're using the board to store coupons and paint samples.
Lay the paper face-down and set the cork board aside nearby.
Slowly and carefully un-stick the paper about halfway. Do not un-stick it all the way or you might run into some sticky situations. You may need a third hand for this part to hold down the sticky side (we did).
Careful now...starting with the sharp edge of the short side of the cork board (making sure it's face-down!) lay the board on the sticky paper.
The board should be about 2" from the edge of the paper - there will be a slight (but definitely noticable) indentation from your dry fit that you can follow as you lay the board down.
Fold over the excess paper and completely stick the paper to the first side of the board. Carefully adhere the entire length of the first side to the paper.
Lay the first half of the cork board over the first half of the paper (the sticky bit).
Un-stick the rest of the paper from its backing and lay the second half of the cork board over the remaining half of the paper. Go slow and steady so you don't get air bubbles or end up sticking it on crooked.
Using your fingers and your straight edge ruler, completely and smoothly stick the wallpaper to the other short side of the cork board. Ours ended up being a bit longer on this side than it was on the first side - but, again, it's the back so it's no big whoop.
Using the same method as the dry fit, fold (like wrapping a gift) each corner on one long side of the cork board (so you can smooth down the excess paper over the edge of the board).
See collage on the left for a step-by-step view of the process.
Once the two corners are completely stuck, it should be straightforward to smooth down and stick one long side of the board. Use the straight-edge of your ruler to get it perfectly smooth.
Here's a close up of the corners since this step is pretty self explanatory. (If it's not hit me up!)
Flip the board over so it's face-up. Using the straight-edge of your ruler smooth the paper down so it perfectly adheres to the board. Step back and admire your work.