{ DIY } Vintage frame to fancy corkboard

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!

 

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