DIY Chevron Corkboard

This post has been a long time coming as I actually made this cute corkboard for my apartment back in September. I was inspired by this painted corkboard I saw on Pinterest to make a fun chevron striped corkboard that’s both functional and statement-making. This was super easy and inexpensive to make so I thought I’d share how I did it.

You’ll need:
Corkboard (I got mine from IKEA for $6)
White acrylic paint
Painter’s tape
Paintbrush
Ruler and pencil

1. Tape off frame and paint. Let dry.
2. Remove tape. Draw evenly spaced lines in pencil on the cork to use as a guide (mine were about 5″ apart).

3. Use tape to create the first set of diagonal lines in between two of your pencil gridlines. I used an extra piece of tape to make sure they were spaced apart evenly.
4. Continue using this method to tape off the rest of the chevron pattern, making sure to leave plenty of overlap at the tips of each of the chevrons. You could get all fancy and use math to figure out the perfect angle for your strips of tape, but I just eye-balled it.
5. Carefully trim away excess tape to create nice clean lines. Make sure all the tape is pressed down well.

6. Paint the corkboard in smooth strokes going in one direction. I found it was best to paint in light coats and add more until the coverage is how you want it. I did about three coats, but touched it up a little more in some areas. Let dry.
7. Peel off tape. My lines bled in a few spots where I didn’t have the tape stuck down well enough, but it’s not too noticeable, especially when things are pinned to it.

I hung mine as part of a gallery wall above my bed, which I love. I’m planning on adding more to it over the years that I’m living here! Here’s how my corkboard looks today, covered in cards, drawings, and other mementos:
I also used this same technique to dress up a tray I picked up at Target as a catch-all for my jewelry. The sides made it a little trickier to make a cohesive pattern but I really loved how it turned out!
  • I am so in love with this! Chevron is kinda my favorite. I definitely want to try painting a tray like that. I pinned it for future reference.

  • The tray and the board are both super cute! I love your wall collage!

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