Hi, it's Rachel! One of the first projects I knew I wanted to incorporate in my newly repainted studio basement was a mood board to display inspiration for the many projects I have planned in the coming months. In the past I've used a collection of clipboards screwed into the wall, the inside doors of a wardrobe, and even a generic cork board, but this time I wanted something portable that made a statement all by itself. All it took was a few inexpensive supplies and a little over an hour to create a strong focal point for my new space.
1. Supplies: A piece of MDF that I had cut down to about 4' x 2.5'. You can use pre-cut hardwood but you will need to sand it for a smooth finish. Acrylic paint in two or more colors, washi tape, a 4" wide paintbrush or small roller for a smoother finish, paper towels or cardboard to protect your floors and walls. 2. Starting with a clean surface, paint your first coat. You may or may not need to add an additional coat depending on the kind of acrylic paint you use. I had to dilute mine with water for a smoother finish. Wait for that to dry. 3. Tape off your design. I originally wanted to add polka-dots or crosses in gold, but it wasn't showing up well so I went another direction. I taped off a triangle shape that was centered slightly above the middle of the board. 4. I then added two coats of my lighter color making sure not to paint over the tape line. Had this been my original plan I would've painted the lightest color first and then added the darker color second. Wait for it to dry and then remove your tape.
I love how much color it adds to this space. If you wanted something a little more neutral you could easily go with black chalkboard paint, black and white stripes, or polka-dots. It keeps the background interesting without being too distracting to see what you've added to your board. It's a renter-friendly project since it doesn't need to be hung on the wall, but I would suggest taking care to secure it if you have small children in your space.
Use washi tape and push pins to adhere your photos, magazine pages, and random inspiration. Do you use a mood board in your home or office? Do you change it up according to seasons or whenever inspiration strikes? xo.Rachel