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
wowee! I can’t wait to try this with my 13-year-old daughter! thanks for sharing 🙂
Now that’s a really cool mood board! Wonder how it would look like in your home office. Keep posting those updates.
It’s nice.. I Love the idea..
I need a mood board. Need. Must have. I like this idea, seems easy enough for me to create, yet pretty enough to be a part of the interior.
Very cute!! x
Love this! What an awesome bright and happy project for any room!
Love it!!! beautiful colors
very pretty! love the idea
What a wonderful and colourful idea!
This post came at the perfect time! I have a man door off of one of my rooms that is such an eyesore. Thanks to this post I plan on turning it in to an awesome mood board! 🙂 My head is already spinning with things to put on it.
I don´t have an inspiration board, but this could be used for a slowly developing photo wall as well.
Wow, I love this project. Its so simple, but it is such a great feature for the room. I will have to try this one soon!
This is such a good idea for my apartment, since I am not allowed to have large holes in the walls which is needed for a typical cork board.
oooh, this would be cool to do with magnetic paint!
Really love the idea of this mood board and the tape you used. Perfect!
I love this idea! Such a bold statement all by itself and then adding pretty things to it puts it over the top! Might have to throw one of these together once I get an office-like space!
What a simple, fun idea! I’ve wanted to do a vision board for a long time, and this is a fun alternative to the tacky tag board collage! Thanks!
I love this, I would definitely want to make one.
So beautiful <3
I was actually looking for a board but after this I just decided to make it myself !
Thanks for the ideas, loved it