Repurpose and Refresh with Napkin Collage! Check out my Refreshed Corkboard…

I love to Repurpose…It’s something I’m very passionate about! …and today, I’m going to share with you how I took a very old, large corkboard and gave it fresh, new life for my newly reclaimed room that is becoming my home Crafting Space!

I will show you every step of this amazing transformation! Here are the items that I used:
Country Chic Paints – Chalk & Mineral based paint (Simplicity), White Shiplap Napkins, pretty Floral Napkins, Mod Podge Matte, PaintBrush, and Natural Bristle Brush.

Available at my studio, The Little Blue House!

So to begin, I cleaned up the corkboard to remove any dust. Basically just a good wipe down! Then I began to paint… Here is a look at what the first coat will look like. The cork will really soak up the paint so it will look very streaky…I just painted out the first coat very quickly and then let it dry.

I have to tell you, I was more than a bit nervous at this point…. I just wasn’t sure how many coats of paint it would take since the cork was soaking it up so much. But look what a huge difference the second coat of CCP Simplicity made….

So much better! Now be sure if you happen to attempt a corkboard transformation, to let each coat of paint dry completely before painting the next coat. This way the first coat becomes more like a Primer and it helps seal the cork.

Now for my final coat of paint…. I decided to use the same paint that I used on the walls of my room….and I am SO HAPPY that I did!! It made the Cork Board blend right in with my walls…. LOVE how this looks!! My walls in this space are painted with Behr Satin Paint and the name is Cottonball…a beautiful white!!

Once the final coat of paint was dry…. I moved on to the FUN part of this Makeover!! The NAPKINS!! Yay!! I love using Napkins to breathe fresh, new life into old pieces….and these pretty White Shiplap Napkins were the perfect choice for my corkboard. I am addicted to Napkin Art….really y’all, it makes my heart happy!! …. I have been creating with Napkins and sharing my passion for them every chance I get! I have even started a Napkin Club…and I am having a blast sharing workshops and techniques with my Club Members. If you want to know more about that….Click HERE.

So the next step was to “Napkinize” … (that’s my word for it…LoL!) … My favorite part! You must separate the plies from the napkins and applying the top tissue to my corkboard using a thin, even coat of Mod Podge Matte. Working carefully to position it just right and then pouncing in an up down motion over the entire napkin with a natural bristle brush…this ensures that the napkin gets pushed down into all the texture of the cork. I kept repeating the process until my board was covered and I am IN LOVE with how it turned out!!

My beautiful White Shiplap Napkins!!!!

Above is the view from across the room…. Look past my mess and my Sonic Cup…LoL!! So incredibly pretty!! I love that it now looks like actual shiplap but it’s still functional as a corkboard!! Clever and Cute!!

I wanted to decorate it up just a bit more… So what did I grab?!?! More Napkins of course…LoL!! This was a napkin shared in my April Bundle of The Napkin Club and it was the perfect choice for my shiplap corkboard. I did a little detail cutting on them and added some to each corner….

This was such a Fun and Simple Transformation!! What do you think?? Inspired??

I’m so happy that I kept this old, large corkboard….. I love that it is now living it’s newly Repurposed and Refreshed Life in my NEW Craft Room!! I even found the perfect tacks for it!! Look at how adorable these wide wood clothespins are…they have tacks mounted on them… So I can clip up whatever I want and don’t have the worry of putting a hole in it… so awesome!!

I hope that my beautiful, functional corkboard has inspired you today!! If you want to continue to see more inspiration from me, please subscribe here to my NEW blog!! I would love for you to also follow me on FB and IG at @misstracycreates for more great “Napkinized” and Repurposed Projects!!

Have a great weekend!! Get crafty if you can…it does a body good!!
Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy

14 thoughts on “Repurpose and Refresh with Napkin Collage! Check out my Refreshed Corkboard…

  1. I’m so glad you shared this information with us. I look forward to seeing everything you do!

  2. Thanks so much I have a small board I want to do this really helps. I was wondering about the paint. Thanks

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