Tuesday, October 1, 2013

condo project: diy corkboard map

As I mentioned {here}, I have been slowly but surely helping a friend decorate his condo over the last few months.  I can happily report that we are finally making some progress and I hope to help him finish over the next couple of months.  In the meantime, I thought I would share some pictures of one of the DIY projects that I finished last week.

My friend has a serious case of wanderlust l so I have been looking for ways to incorporate his love for travel in his space.  The first thing that came to mind was a world map to document the places he has been.  This project was relatively simple and ended up costing less than $25 to make.

Here is how it all started out...




I bought the map poster at Amazon and purchased the rest of the materials at Home Depot.  For the back of the frame, I used MDF and had Home Depot cut it to size.  For the corkboard, I used some cork that we had left over from a flooring project from before.  


I wanted to be extra sure that the corkboard would stick to the MDF so I put a ton of Liquid Nails on there.  In the end, I probably did not need this much but better safe than sorry!


For the frame, I used two 1" x 3" x 8 ft pine boards which I cut to size using a circular saw.  Home Depot I believe will also cut this to size for you if you do not have a saw handy.


Next I stained the pine boards using two coats of Minwax wood finish.  The color is Jacobean.  


I used spray adhesive to attach the poster to the cork board.  I also put a layer of Mod Podge over the front of the poster to give it a matte finish.  Once the Mod Podge was dry, I screwed the frame pieces onto the MDF (which was by now attached to the corkboard and poster).  The screws were 1".


And here is what the corkboard map looked like all finished…


We bought some pins at Staples and put them in the places he has visited.


The map is now hanging above his bar cart which makes a great spot for guests to check it out when making themselves a drink!



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