This post is all about working with what you have. Once upon a time I paid waaay too much for an ugly warped cork board. It was all twisted and ugly but I bought it anyway and I think I paid twenty-five dollars for it! Yikes.
Here she is in all her glory.
When I was re-doing my office I wanted to have a cork board above the desk but I really didn't want to buy a new one. So how could I work with the old one? I decided I wanted to paint it so I googled around for the best way to accomplish that. Here's the answer:
I covered the cork board with three coats of water based polyurethane. This prevented the paint from soaking through the cork and ensured I would get nice even coverage.
You can see how shiny it is after I was done. I let each coat dry for about an hour between applications. Once I was sure everything was water tight I applied the color. I used the same color that I painted the back of the bookshelves (Rich Navy by BHG) for a bit of balance in the room.
I did three coats of the paint just to ensure maximum coverage. And I'm really happy with the results.
There she is, serving her purpose with style. That's a "How to Identify Pacific Salmon" brochure pinned on the left. Just in case I need to be able to distinguish between a Chinook and a Coho at a moments notice. Lol.
So far we've pinned a bunch of things to it and it hides the old holes pretty well. You really have to look close to see where I've previously used it.
I might Rub 'n Buff the silver edge, but for now I'm quite pleased with it.
I linked up to Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick.