Oooh, I’m so excited this project is finished! Although, this is the first upcycle I’ve done where I didn’t previously pick the item up at a thrift store or yard sale. This cork board / bulletin board was left in my classroom last year before I moved in. It sat alone and plain behind my desk all year and I wanted to use it, but I wasn’t feeling the look. So when I got permission to paint it and make it over, I jumped at the chance to upcycle it! Check out the tutorial below for how I created this color block memo board!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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It was perfectly functional as it was, just super duper boring. I knew I wanted to use my favorite color combo of white, navy, and rose gold (are we really surprised?) but I wasn’t sure of the overall look. I sketched out a few options, but ultimately decided to go with a simple color block design.
- cork board
- white paint
- rose gold paint
- navy paint
- painter’s tape
- aluminum foil (optional)
1. Because I was planning on painting a section rose gold, I didn’t want two metals competing with one another. So I grabbed a blue-gray spray paint and painted the memo board’s border. I let it dry overnight and then covered with painter’s tape before moving onto step #2.
2. I had truly planned on using spray paint for the white section, but the white spray paint I did have sucked. Like, royally. So I took the project inside and used acrylic paint. With using acrylic paint I did have to use 2 coats, but I like how it turned out. I started about 1/3-ish in from the top left and ended diagonally 1/3-ish in from the bottom right and let it dry.
3. Once the white was completely dry I covered the sections (with foil because I’m so paranoid that spray paint will go through newspaper or something) I didn’t want to get misted with rose gold and painted my rose gold section. I painted about 2 even coats to get the finish I wanted.
4. Finally, I taped off my final section and used my favorite navy paint that has a chalky finish. Like the two sections before, I painted 2 coats and let dry.
5. I took off the tape & foil, added my decorations and hung it up!
I really love how this looks hanging up in my classroom and it is sooooo going to come in handy this school year! Anything to help me stay more organized is never a bad thing.
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