Do you ever struggle with the balance of functionality and style? There seems to be a spectrum with the two on opposite ends and a fine line where they meet. Unfortunately that line also tends to be the point where the price of an items spikes upwards and out of our budgets.
Am I being to profound? Too much Downton Abbey has had me thinking in longer sentences and English accents. What I’m trying to describe is what I went through earlier with a client’s project. They wanted a message board for the front hall of their office (More about that Industrial Office can be found here).
A simple corkboard would fulfill the needed function, but would not compliment the style of the space; something I couldn’t stand to do when it would be the first thing seen as people walk in the door. A nice looking, stylish corkboard, however, increased dramatically in price. Too dramatically for my liking. Thank goodness for DIY!
Keep reading to see how this store bought, $15 corkboard gets an affordable DIY upgrade:
The materials and supplies you’ll need are:
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- A Corkboard with wood frame*
- Kreg jig*
- 1 ¼” Kreg screws*
- Nail Gun*
- Pallet boards (or new 1×3 boards measure perimeter of corkboard frame to get proper length)
- Stain or paint of choice
Start by measuring the length of the long ends of the corkboard. This will be the measurement you’ll use to cut two of your boards. I would give exact measurements, but since most of you probably won’t buy the exact same corkboard as mine, it would only be accurate for some.
Next measure the short side of the corkboard and add the width of the boards you are using x2 (extra on each end to match up with the ends of the long side.
Once you’ve made your measurements and cuts, get out your Kreg Jig to join the boards together. Drill into the ends of both short boards.
Glue the ends and then use your clamp to make sure they don’t budge while drilling. Then drill the 1 ¼” screws in.
This would be a good time to stain or paint the frame so you don’t get anything on the board.
Now you have a separate frame and a corkboard…all that’s left to do is nail them together with a nail gun. Have you ever seen Ryobi’s Airstrike? I don’t have one yet, but I wouldn’t mind it as a Christmas present 😉 hint, hint Ryobi reps
Add the picture hangers and any finishing touches.
For $15 I got the best of both worlds for my client. This upgraded corkboard serves its function, but also adds to the aesthetic of the industrial looking office.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between functionality and style when your budget is tight, but with some basic DIY skills, it’s amazing how you can make those two meet.
Keep checking back for more projects from this Industrial Office remodel!