Is there any problem spray paint doesn’t solve? Not at our house, there isn’t.
I picked up an inexpensive cork board for my office, but the brown cork really wasn’t doing anything for me. I Googled “spray painting cork” but there were so many opinions, I just decided to go for it.
First, I’ll give you the tutorial on how to spray paint a cork board, then I’ll give my thoughts at the end.
The cork wasn’t easily removable from this frame, so I just covered the frame with painter’s tape. Here is the cork board after one light coat of white spray paint:
After 2 more light coats of white and the tape removed:
Having finished the project, would I recommend painting cork? Absolutely. Just not in white. Unless you can manage 2 very light and VERY even coats. The contrast is way to high once a pin is pushed into it and it just looks silly. It looks like a DIY. We don’t want our projects to look like DIYs, we want them to look like things we paid a lot of money for. Am I right? White painted cork board is not going to give you that look.
So what would I recommend? A color with much less contrast to the brown, and still, just a couple light, even coats. Like gold. Metallic Caramel Latte by Krylon is what I used, but any color that’s closer to the original cork board than white should be fine. Bonus points for metallic (not just because it’s pretty, but because it will reflect the light in different directions, further hiding the pin holes).
Spray painting the cork gold (or another color that is low-contrast) allowed for less coats, which left more of the lovely cork texture visible. The brown cork color still comes through in low spots, which helps with pin marks. I stuck it with a few pins and the marks are not visible at all.