Why anyone would install an electrical breaker panel—aka the ugliest metal thing ever—out in the open is beyond me. To cover one in our Brooklyn apartment, I painted a cheap canvas the color of our wall, then stenciled the outline of a light bulb in its center. But this time around, I wanted to put our wall space to work—without having to work too hard myself. The perfect solution: a simple cork bulletin board where I can tack up recipes, project reminders, and inspiring photos. I started by measuring the space I wanted to cover. I unrolled the cork, then cut it according to my measurements. And although I used scissors, I'd suggest using a box cutter and a cutting mat (both of which are on my to-buy list).
To make the board feel more memorable, I created the look of framed corners with paint. I'd seen a similar technique done on a real frame via Pinterest, and I figured it'd be easy and look chic....and it was! To measure and mark the strips on each corner, I used a ruler and a pencil.
Originally, I tried a blue paint because I love the look of navy with tan. But, when the color dried, it looked more primary blue than navy. So, I painted over it with two coats of gold and it looked much better. Whew! Once that dried, I lined the cork's back side with heavy-duty mounting tape.
I'm thrilled with how it turned out, and particularly obsessed with these paper plane thumbtacks. They might've been intended for kiddos, but I think they'll remind me not to take anything that happens in the kitchen too seriously.