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How to Create a Cork-Tile Wall

Host Nancy Golden describes an easy way to create a checkerboard design on a wall with cork tiles.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Choose the Pattern of Cork Tiles

Plan your cork wall, deciding on the number and pattern of tiles.

Step 2: Stain the Tiles

To create a checkerboard pattern, stain half the tiles. Apply the stain with a brush. Work fairly quickly, as cork absorbs stain readily. A mottled look is fine and adds interest.

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Step 3: Install the Tiles

Install the tiles with construction adhesive suitable for cork. Apply adhesive to the back of a tile, and set it in place on the wall. Continue until the wall is complete.

Step 4: Add the Chair Rail

When all the cork has been applied, add a chair rail to the top. Nancy added a chair rail made from a 1"x2" piece of lumber topped with decorative trim molding. Stain or paint as desired, and attach to the wall with finish nails. Recess the nails with a nail set, and patch the holes.

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