(insert blood, sweat, burns, tears, eye rolls and maybe a few ugly words here)

Yes, our cabinets have chalk paint on them. Check out how we did that here.

One might encounter some of these these things while covering a wall with wine corks. A friend had bags full and gave them to me SCORE!!!!!!

I posted sometime last week the hot mess going on in our kitchen. Remember? Check it out here. When the dad’s put our new cabinets in they were  lower than our old ones.  The wall behind the sink was a hot mess when we were done with the installation so we were gonna put glass or tiles until I had a Jaderbomb moment.


Ashy just looked at me with this weird stank eye and then her eyes got big and she said “I LOVE IT”….
{{I was worried for a hot minute}}

Let’s get started. You will need corks (alot), glue gun(s) and lot’s of glue sticks! You can do like me and plug in 3 glue guns!!!! I think that is where I started to insert the burns and bad words. It seemed like every 3 minutes I would lean over and burn my arms. HAHA.It was the best time ever!!!

See the wall. UGLY!

I have the three glue guns all plugged and ready to be overworked!!!

First thing you will do is hot glue four corks together like this!

The picture to the right is me holding two “sticks” together. They are not glued together. Hot glue is the best thing to use for this because it dries really quick.

 So you will glue 4 together. Put a long line of hot glue on the back of all 4. Then stick it on your wall. I started from the bottom and made my way up. I also did play around before to have an idea of how many rows I would need to make it to the top. See the thing is with corks is they are all different sizes. So when you get to the end you might have more space at the top in some spots and other spots might be perfect. If you don’t want to glue 4 together, you can glue ONE on at a time on the wall. Phew, good luck! But play around with the corks because sometimes moving them around will make them fit better.


You really want to try your best to have STRAIT lines. That will make it look clean and crisp in the end.

HAHA!!!! Check out this post on what I use to clean my dishes! It is truly the BEST!

Don’t forget to come back for the COMPLETE reveal! Believe it or not there is MUCH more!!!!  We actually kept the top part of the cabinets because they are REALLY old and we just love them!

There ya have it, and instand cork board! Until next time…

Make it a DIY kinda day,


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20 thoughts on “How to make a cork backsplash for your kitchen: tutorial

  1. Susan Rich

    Did you seal the corks after gluing them to the wall? I have a backsplash at my lake house behind the stove that has been bare for 17 years, this is the perfect solution!! Thanks.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Hey Susan! No mam! I did not seal them. I just left them like they were! It’s SO wonderful! Good luck! Post a picture on my facebook wall when you do yours!!

  2. Dan Ezuales

    This is great ! I just wonder how you clean it when it gets dirty behind the sink . Is it practicle ?

  3. Martha Rice

    Do you think the glue will hold up very long. I think you need to seal the cork. Possibly use a spray sealer.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Yes, the hot glue actually lasts a really long time. I have been using this for years and back it up 100 percent!!!! You could seal it but I wanted it to be functional. Meaning, I will be punching tacks in and out of them often. Sealer would break if I would do that. BUT you could seal it for extra protection!

  4. audrey kammerude

    I’ve been saving corks to do just this same thing! When I told a friend what I wanted to do, she said “How the H*** are you going to clean it when tomato sauce splashes on it?” She really popped my bubble and I’ve been reluctant to do this now. Please tell me it’s easy to clean…

  5. Louann

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    daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      That is kinda funny! Hope your daughter get’s over this! haha! I mean, what are the odds!

  6. amy

    I’d better start drinking … I’ve nowhere near enough corks for this – but I <3 it!!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Amy…. Thankfully I had friends who would keep them and give them to me! Phew!

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    I realize I’m stumbling onto this post years later. I was searching for images of cork backsplashes and came across your blog post. Nice work! I’m actually commenting because I was surprised to see that you had so many corks from Linden Vineyards. That is one of my favorite Virginia Wine producers!

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