Whenever I am at a thrift shop I always look to see if they have any unique frames. Even if what is in the frame isn’t to my liking, if the frame is cool, I will get it. This frame was a great score at 8.99. When I got it home I went ahead and pulled the painting out of the frame. Then I rolled out some cork that I picked up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was about 8.00 as well. Word of warning — cork is much more delicate than I realized, especially when you are cutting it with scissors. An Exacto knife might have been easier and caused less crumbling. (Pardon the blurry iphone shots.)
This part definitely took the longest. I went ahead and spray glued the cork to the painting after many unsuccessful tries at putting the cork in by itself. It was harder than I thought it would be to get it to lie down flat. Finally once I had it arranged, I went ahead and pushed back down all the staples around the sides. In the end, I had a great 3-1/4 to 4 foot long/tall corkboard for my office. I am still trying to decide if I want to paint the frame. If I knew I would have done it prior to cork, but as of right now I am not sure — and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.
Total time spent, probably and hour or more. Cost: About $17.00 for a approximately 2 foot wide by 4 foot long frame.
Similar cork boards of this size from Ballard Designs run $459.00 for a 40 x 60 inch one. WOW!