Decorative Cork Board for the Home Office

Decorative Cork Board for the Home Office

Between working from home and “virtual school”, the home office has never been more important than it has been for the past year. Of course, that’s if you even HAVE a designated home office or classroom. Either way, office supplies have an elevated importance these days. And to keep things fresh and inspired, I decided to create a decorative cork board from a plain one found at one of Charlotte’s Habitat ReStores.

Bulletin board for home office

You may recall that I’ve already created a framed cork board in the past. But that started out as a picture frame and a couple of cork tiles.

Framed cork board from a picture frame

And while I still love it, I wanted to go in a slightly different direction with this existing cork board. Let’s face it, beige-on-beige is a terrible look, even on office supplies.

So, a little freshening up was in order and I wanted to share with you how easy it was to do!

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Painting a Cork Board for a Fresh New Look

I see plain cork boards at thrift stores from time to time, and I’ve wanted to give one a makeover for a while! 

But they are SO sterile-looking and uninspiring.

Painting cork board from Habitat ReStore

See what I mean? A sea of boring beige.

But a very quick and VERY easy makeover can change it entirely. So, that’s what I did!

Stenciling cork board for homeschool decor

I find it much more exciting and inspiring now, don’t you?

If you are interested in the full tutorial for creating this decorative cork board, please pop on over to the Charlotte Region ReStore’s blog post! All the details and step-by-step photos can be found on their website- thanks for understanding!

Upcycling ideas with Habitat Restore Charlotte Region

It’s almost criminal how simple this project was. But it packs SUCH a punch. 

And if I’m working from home or if I were a kid trying to stay on task, I would enjoy it so much more with something that looked like this instead.

Decorative Cork Board for the Home Office

I especially had fun coordinating the colors for this project. I wanted bold and bright…flashy but not clash-y.

Stenciling cork board for homeschool classroom decor

And if you haven’t stenciled on cork before, you need to try it. It’s an AMAZING surface to work with- so much easier and more forgiving than something smooth or painted.

Painting cork board from the thrift store

Did you notice my coordinated desk set? I simply grabbed some tin cans from my recycling bin and painted them in the same colors as the cork board! 

I’m doing SO much cooking these days, so I have an abundance of cans and jars just waiting for projects.

And yes, if you noticed these salvaged sari borders in a previous photo, they are, in fact, a hint. I’ll be using them on another project soon!

Sari border or sari ribbon for craft projects

I hope you enjoyed this super simple, but very effective upcycling idea for a decorative cork board! And as always, I appreciate your understanding that the full tutorial is on the ReStore blog, and not mine.

Interested in another type of bulletin board to use at home? Then this upcycling idea for a magnetic memo board might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Magnetic memo board or magnetic bulletin board from a cookie tray

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for the home office, then you may be interested in these bookends I created with architectural salvage, as well!

Farmhouse bookends with architectural salvage

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. love them

  2. This is a SUPER idea…and I can see where it would be so much fun and easy—perfect for a child or teen to also do…Good tips and thanks for making me smile this morning! Sandi

  3. I love a good Rehab store. Nice job.

  4. Love the bright colors. Neutrals have NEVER been high on my color pallette! Living in Maine and having a touch of seasonal affective disorder, I have ALWAYS loved bright colors (upbeat music, chocolate, positive people and meds help, too!). Adding brightness to a work space using recycled stuff is a WIN-WIN in my opinion. Can’t wait to see the sari border projects; I’d add a stripe of color to plain throw pillows or a book cover or….

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