4 hot glue gun burns
a whole lotta hot glue
Yâ€™all, I finally made the wine cork bath mat that Iâ€™ve been talking about for months. My friend Jen works at a fancy schmancy restaurant in New Orleans (where they apparently pop a lotta bottles of wine) and gave me a HUGE paper bag full of corks last time I saw her. Seeing as Iâ€™ve only managed to accrue about six corks on my own in the months Iâ€™ve been collecting them, Jenâ€™s donation was a major boon to the project.
I gathered my supplies: a gripping rug pad, my bag of corks, my hot glue gun, and glue sticks.
Iâ€™d been cooped up inside all day working on the wing chairs, so I chose to tackle this project on the porch. I needed some fresh air.
Look at all those corks!
I started at one end of the rug pad and just started testing out different ways to arrange the corks.
Once I was happy with the look, I glued it down cork by cork, then starting laying out the next row.
Then another. I didnâ€™t have a set pattern, I just sort of winged it as I went.
And another, and another, and another…this was sort of a repetitive project. Dachshund present for scale.
You know whatâ€™s kind of crazy? Every row came out to be exactly 21 corks, no matter how I arranged it. Except for one that was a little wonky-that one only had 20.
Eventually I got tired of the definitely-not-fall temperature outside and moved the whole operation to the living room. But it looks like my hot glue was bleeding through the rug pad and onto the porch floor. I had to pull pretty hard to get it up, and a little bit of the rug pad was left behind. Inside I worked on a piece of cardboard and reached under the rug to loosen it every row or two, before the glue could completely dry.
And about an hour later, ta-da! I ran out of corks before I got to the end of the 2×3 rug pad. Can you believe it? 300 corks and still not enough.
I walked away for a little while midway through this project and by the time I came back Pistachio had dislodged four of the wine corks for her personal pleasure. Looks like this thing needed some cat-proofing. I went back over the entire rug and glued each cork to the ones around it. You may want to do this even if you donâ€™t have pets, as it made the whole thing a lot more sturdy.
Youâ€™ve been foiled, Hitler cat.
There were a few gaps, so I used a sharp knife to slice a few corks up into smaller pieces to jam in wherever needed.
If you know me well you will not be at all surprised to hear that I thought I didnâ€™t need a cutting board to cut my corks, I could just carefully hold them as I sliced. Then I sliced my thumb. I took a picture, but my friend Lauren told me people might not like to see a picture of my bloody thumb. So just imagine. And donâ€™t worry, Iâ€™m fine.
l wasnâ€™t a big fan of the pieces-jammed-in look, so I used them sparingly and only when really needed. But now that I have the rug in my bathroom I notice that I canâ€™t even find the spots where I filled holes, but the remaining empty spaces are glaringly obvious to me. So Iâ€™ll probably be going back and stuffing some more little cork pieces in there.
I cut off the excess rug pad and carefully moved the rug to the bathroom. Itâ€™s very stiff and really doesnâ€™t transport very well. It kind of snapped in half while I was carrying it, but when I laid it down flat it looked perfectly fine.
See how obvious the empty areas are? Iâ€™m definitely going to go back and fill them in.
Iâ€™m muy happy with how it looks in the room.
Next up: ruffling up a little more ribbon and permanently attaching it to the shower curtain, since itâ€™s all still held on with pins (read about that project here). Also, replacing those towels with something more colorful to contrast the all black and white space. I got those towels from my wedding registry. At the time Nick and I were in a rental house and had no idea what the bathroom situation would be once we got our own place, so it seemed smart to go neutral. Iâ€™m really glad I did that because our upstairs bathroom A) is tiny and B) has red walls, so towels with a lot of color or pattern would probably just be too much in there. Since this bathroom is bigger and a lot more neutral, I can have a little more fun with it. Plus, since this is a guest bathroom slash someday maybe kidsâ€™ bathroom, itâ€™s nice to bring in a little more punch and personality.
How adorable are these (from Anthro)?
But of course theyâ€™re pricey. Maybe I could just get the hand towels ($18 each) and then get some more reasonably priced bath towels that coordinate? Simple, clean, white bath towels are always a good bet and easy to come by. Fun, poppy hand towels and clean white bath towels and wash cloths? What do you think?