Last year, when we decided to change the dining room into a fully functional office space, I was surprised when Tarq insisted that he wanted design control. His rationale; that I got free reign over the rest of the house and all he wanted was one room to express himself. Really, I think I may have fallen in love with him all over again.
The idea of my man designing a space in our home was kind of nice. I drifted into thoughts of days spent scouting antique stores and flea markets, discussing art work and rug choices. This was until he revealed his grand plan, a mad men meets man cave area. My heart sunk. Didn’t he know that I was going for a minimal bohemian look? While I was left to ponder the possibility of a masculine, mid-century modern office, I reluctantly agreed. I mean, how bad could it be.
Six months later, and much to my relief, the office was left untouched. Instead of nagging about lack of progress, I took it upon myself to take over, ahem I mean assist with the decorating. In an effort to keep the dream alive, I am trying to incorporate some mid century pieces like this Danish-inspired tea trolley. Converted into a bar cart, it is reminiscent of Don Draper’s office, but intentionally, the cork herringbone feature is more my style. I figure it’s all about compromise.
The materials you will need to make this cork herringbone bar cart is 7x cork tiles, wood glue, sandpaper, a craft knife, a pen, a ruler, a large piece of paper or MDF board, a paint brush, maple coloured wood stain and clear polyurethane.
1. Firstly start by staining your cork tiles. Apply two coats to around 2-3 tiles. This will give your your herringbone pattern an interesting colour variation.
2. Once the stain has dried, you can go ahead and divide each tile into seven equal parts.
3. Then, using your craft knife, cut along the previously drawn lines of each tile.
4. Once all seven tiles have been cut up. Measure your bar cart and draw the corresponding measurements on a large piece of paper or MDF.
5. Draw a line in the middle of the box.
6. Using the middle line as a guide, begin to lay your herringbone pattern.
7. Once the pattern fills the entire square box, you can mark the edges with a pencil.
8. Using the craft knife, carefully cut along the previously drawn lines.
9. When you have finished trimming the cork to fit neatly into the square box, you can start to gently sand all the edges to make them smooth.
NB: Make sure to place the cork back in the exact space after cutting, this will ensure you do not lose your pattern. You could also number the pieces.
10. Using a paint brush, apply a layer of wood glue to the top of the bar cart.
11. Then, begin to secure each piece of cork onto the bar with an extra application of glue.
12. When all the cork has been positioned, you can place something heavy over top, like books and leave the glue to dry overnight.
13. Once dried, you’re ready to apply a coat of clear polyurethane.