We installed a cheap cork noticeboard in our home office (such an affordable way of getting a custom noticeboard by the way, the tiles are cheap as chips from Mitre10 Mega, they come in packs of 10 from memory). Installation of these tiles is so easy, you just buy tile glue and a spreader, line up your tiles where you want them, spread glue evenly on the back, then place on wall, holding firmly in place for a bit. You can wipe away any excess that appears at the edges. Cutting cork tiles is literally as easy as drawing on a line to follow, then using a craft-knife. It’s so pliable and easy to work with.
Before blah: (ignore wonky cupboard doors, they’re fixed) After awesomeness:
The cork noticeboard was perfectly fine, but bland. I really wanted to add some geometric love into the playroom, and knew the combination of natural cork and crisp white lines would come up a treat. Mr house of ralph refused to help. I think he was still scarred from the painter’s tape maths that is our bedroom wall. I begged and everything. Nada. I’m thrilled with the results, even if this DIY was equal parts nerve-wracking yet satisfying. This is how I did it:
Do a totally pro concept drawing. Awesomely accurate angles and all. Maths never was my strong subject.
If you are using square tiles, this is a really easy DIY. Rule across from one corner to the other, pencil in the line, then mark it up with painter’s tape. I recommend the 3M blue tape, it never lets me down. If you have to cut around plugs etc, create a fake corner:
Use a Stanley knife to cut away tape if you need to. In the image below, the blue dotted bits were getting painted white, rest staying as cork. With me? Good. The only really tricky bit was cutting around the plugs/corners of walls, but I managed it without too much swearing.
Be really really sure that the edge of any tape connecting directly to the parts you are painting is firmly fixed in place. Use your nails, or rub with a credit card. You do not want any paint bleeds because of tape issues. That would totally ruin your day. Be totally OTT with this step, it will pay off.
Apply paint to the triangles you want to be painted (in my case white). I got 1 x sample tub of dulux white paint, and this did do the whole lot, but then I decided to paint over the whole lot again with spare house paint (1/8 Thorndon Cream) so it was more cohesive with the walls. This also meant it got an enamel finish for added durability.
Let dry. Completely. Do not do the next step before paint is totally dry.
Hold your breath and start pulling the tape away. This is your moment…apologies for terrible photo, I was obviously trembling with excitement.
Do a really silly celebration dance when it appears your evil plan has worked (I did!)
Remove all tape, stand back and admire your incredible DIY. Close up for you. Mmmmm. Clean edges.