How To Cover Kitchen Cabinets with Corkboard

The corkboard is a versatile, environment-friendly material you can use to cover walls, cabinets and other surfaces. It is an inexpensive way to update worn out kitchen cabinets. What’s more, corkboards are useful. You can easily tack messages, bills, recipes, photographs and artworks on it using pushpins or thumbtacks.

Attaching corkboards to your existing kitchen cabinets is simple and won’t take long to do. For this project, you will need the following items:

  • Corkboard squares
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Box knife or other cutting tool you can use on corkboards
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Screwdriver
  • Old newspaper
  • Heavy objects like a big book or a brick
  • Rags

Follow the steps below to cover your kitchen cabinets with corkboards.

  • Measure the amount of corkboard you need. Use your ruler or measuring tape to get an estimate as to how many corkboard squares you will need. Some stores sell corkboards in rolls. You will need to do a little math and come up with the total number of feet or yards of corkboard you will use for the kitchen cabinets you need to cover.
  • Gather your materials. Purchase the corkboard from an office supply or a craft/hobby store. Buy any other tools or items you will need for the project like extra glue sticks. If you plan to tack items to the corkboard, buy thick corkboards. Also purchase a box of pushpins or thumbtacks.
  • Remove the kitchen cabinet doors. Using a screwdriver, if necessary, remove the kitchen cabinet doors one at a time. You can layout some old newspapers on the floor for the kitchen cabinet doors.
  • Clean the cabinet doors. Use a damp rag to remove dirt and oils from the kitchen cabinet doors. This ensures that the corkboard will adhere to the cabinet door properly once glue is applied.
  • Measure one door. Take your tape measure or ruler and measure the width and the height of the cabinet door.
  • Cut the corkboard. With a box knife, cut out a piece of the corkboard based on the measurement taken in the previous step.
  • Attach the corkboard to the cabinet door. Heat the glue gun. Once the glue gun is hot, place several dots of hot glue directly on the kitchen cabinet door. Attach the cut corkboard on the cabinet door with glue. Press firmly on the corkboard.
  • Place a heavy object on the corkboard. The cabinet door with the corkboard should be on a flat surface covered with old newspaper. Place a heavy book or two on the cabinet with corkboard to make sure the glue dries well. You can also use bricks or other heavy objects.
  • Repeat with the other doors. To cover the other kitchen cabinet doors, repeat steps 4 – 8.
  • Return the cabinet doors. Reattach all the kitchen cabinet doors once the glue is dry. Attach pushpins or thumbtacks to the corkboard covered cabinet doors to use them as reminder or message boards.

Corkboards can be easily attached to your kitchen cabinets. They can be used to cover old cabinet doors without much work and expense. If the brown color of the corkboard does not match with your kitchen’s overall design, you can always paint the corkboard using acrylic craft paints. You can also decorate the corkboard with fancy paper or fabric.


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