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Redoing my daughter’s bedroom to be beached themed was such a fun project. One of my favorite things we made for her room was the castaway cork board. I knew I wanted to include a cork board in the room update but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it with the beach idea.
My husband and I happened to be in Lowes looking for wood planks and were near the back of the lumber area. I spotted a cart full of what looked like scrap wood and sure enough it was! An associate said they were from the pallets that the long pieces of lumber are packed with to stay square. So I asked if I could have them. It was like an “AHA!” moment for what to do with the cork board for her room….
A Castaway Cork Board Raft!
This was super easy to make. I had leftover spray paint in brown and bronze and a box half full of screws from a previous project. Those items, the cork board, some scrap lumber, and the decorative crab was all that needed for this simple project.
First, I lined up all the scrap board to make sure they were all relatively the same length. Then spray painted each side of these along with the cork board…
Next up I screwed all the board to a long piece of scrap wood I had already at our house…
After that I realized that this was going to be way too heavy and flimsy to use just one piece of wood for the foundation, so I found and cut two more pieces of scrap wood from our house and lined it up underneath so that it would be parallel to the outer edges of the cork board…
Last, I added the two embellishments that used to be in our living room two houses ago. They look small but the crab is probably at least 8″ wide. Eventually, these will get a paint wash using the paint from the walls. I’m planning at some point to add some dark brown twine or grapevine over the long edges of the cork board to make it look like that’s what’s holding it all together just like an actual castaway raft.
This project was so much fun to make. The only out of pocket cost was the cork board which I found on sale. Not back for such a big statement piece in the beach themed bedroom! Be sure to check back for more updates on how I put this room together over a couple months…
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