An “inspiration board” has been in the works for my craft room for a long while. Modeled after the tile wall organizers from Pottery Barn Teen, this one came together for much, much less. I made the board by arranging 9 – 12×12 tiles, adhering them to a 3’x3′ sheet of plywood, and encasing the perimeter with a painted frame made from molding.
For my inspiration board, I used 2 chalkboard tiles, 1 painted corkboard tile, 2 fabric-covered corkboard tiles, and 4 fabric-covered hard boards. For the chalkboard tiles, I cut 12″x12″ squares from 1/4″ thick whiteboard and applied several coats of chalkboard spray paint to the smooth side. I purchased a package of 12″x12″ sheets of 1/4″ corkboard from Joann’s. I used semi-flat spray paint to paint one of the corkboards.
I glued the white board squares and the corkboard squares to 12″x12″ squares of 1/2″ MDF (cut from a large sheet of MDF from Home Depot) using liquid cement. I wrapped the non-painted corkboard tiles with home decor fabric and secured the fabric on the back with a hand-held staple gun.
For the remaining four tiles, I used 3/4″ MDF and wrapped them with home decor fabric. A sheet of 1/2″ plywood was cut into a 3’x3′ board. I arranged the 12 finished tiles on the board and then used liquid cement to glue them into place.
Molding was cut and glued with white glue onto the board. I initially tried nails, but they didn’t hold – the glue worked wonderfully.
We used a large bracket to hang the board up on the wall. Now, it’s ready for my work lists, shopping lists, pictures from magazines and catalogs, fabric swatches – all kinds of inspiration!
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