Craft Room Makeover – Extreme Upcycling – Cardboard Wall

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We have lived in our house for 20 some years and I am finally giving my craft room the attention it deserves. I have been working on several upcycling projects to convert my craft room from a junkie storage space into a room that I love. My first project is this craft supply organizer wall made out of cardboard.

I have been saving all the big cardboard boxes we got from various purchases to cover up this open wall.

My idea was pretty simple but it did take awhile to put together. I started with a rough sketch of the design and then started cutting up my cardboard boxes to fit the wall.

I used some thumbtacks to hold the pieces in place until I had the whole wall covered. Then I took the pieces down and started the tedious process of covering them with paper mache and Mod Podge.

Once all the pieces were covered I attached them to the wall with some roofing nails.

Here is what the wall looked like once that step was done.

To finish the wall I went back over the seams and the nail heads with more paper mache and Mod Podge.

The last step was to add my tin cans and stash some of my craft supplies.

Stay tuned for my next project were I will be using some more cardboard to finish this wall with door trim baseboard and switch plates.

You can find all the details in the attached video.

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  • Dyan Rhees Railsback
    on Jul 14, 2019

    What are the used coffee grounds for and aren't you afraid of silver fish with all of that cardboard?

    • Flipturn
      on Jul 25, 2019

      Agree. This wall would never pass inspection, especially since there is electrical wiring, and uninsulated outlets inside it.

  • Kathy
    on Jul 25, 2019

    I love this idea and may do something similar but I am concerned about insects. Wonder if you put paper mache on both sides and sprayed with paint of some kind. Maybe that would seal out any insects. Any thoughts?

    • Flipturn
      on Jul 25, 2019

      The valid concern with insects comes from the fact that many types of cardboard contain finishes and glues that some insects are attracted to.

      The other concern is that the cardboard will absorb any air humidity which may result in odour and mildew problems.

  • Lynn Hixson
    on Sep 2, 2019

    Fire hazard?

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