Happy wednesday my chestnuts! 

While waiting for my resolutions - I’m refining them - I give you my mission of the day: persuade you that cork isn’t has been but is absolutely cool. To me, cork means stressful bulletin board from your grandparents’ kitchen where are pinned business cards and other coupons, don’t pretend you don’t see what I’m talking about… Today I’m teaching you how to customize a piece of furniture in order to give it a new lease of life, to make it unique and yours, but this method can be used on any surface. Keep it in mind for when you’ll want to refresh some furnitures. Let’s take your scissors, it’s easy I promise and the stunning effect is guaranteed.




To make this DIY: 

- Cost about 35 euros (furniture not included)

- Time about 4 hours…

- Difficulty « easy, but a great attention to details is needed »…




  •  a roll of cork,
  •  Scales template
  • little tapestry nails with flat head,
  • hammer,
  • special wall strong glue called « sans clou si vis » (literally, « no nails nor screw»),
  • pencil, rubber, ruler and masking tape.

Start with downloading the scales template, print it and draw the scales onto the cork, for this piece of furniture you will need about 120 scales, the number of scales depends on the surface to cover.




Once your scales are perfectly drawn, take care to cut them. The uprightness of your cut will make the final quality of the furniture. Take the ruler and the pencil to mark the piece of furniture. For this one I marked parallel lines every 7,5 cm. To cover another surface, measure the height and divivd the distance into an even rectangle. To be able to use the template of these scales, the height of your rectangle must be between 7 and 8 cm.




Draw very parallel lines on all the surface to cover and be careful about this drawing, especially if your scales are on doors that are side by side! There is no room for approximation here! Now, along the drawing, pre-place your cork scales with the tape, start with the lower line.




Once your line is done, take the small tapestry nails and fix the scales on the piece of furniture by their top ends.  




Please be careful with your fingers, and be gentle, cork is a fragile materials when not correctly settled.



Keep going with the covering, doing the previous steps on the second line, and so forth until the last line, the one at the top of the door.




Now, to finish your last line without any trace of nails that can be unattractive, I’d advise you to use this magical glue that is « sans clou ni vis », extremely efficient for our matter. So glue your last scales and be careful to line them up with the top of the furniture.




Reproduce all these steps on the second door and TA-DA!

Inspiration Sara Larsson via Pinterest.

08 janvier, 2014