DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some old cork tiles I had snagged on a thrifting adventure in the past. I was about to put them in the “re-donate” pile (which I am CONSTANTLY adding to)…but thought better of it. If I found the right picture frames, I could use the tiles to make a fancy-ish cork board (or several) for my office!

So, I headed to Goodwill because I wasn’t thrilled with the picture frames that I already had in my stash! (Insert shocked face here because HELLO, I always have loads of frames on hand).

Picture frames at Goodwill thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a few frames to pick from…

But, the ones I had weren’t the right size and didn’t have the right “character” that I had in mind, if that makes sense. Not surprisingly, though, I found a couple of options that would work with the cork tiles in my craft room. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Thrift store picture frames to be upcycled and repurposed into DIY cork board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These will do nicely!

Cork tiles and cork roll from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY cork board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The cork I was referring to earlier…

I had a vision of what I wanted my cork board to look like, and it involved using a specific Behr paint color (In the Moment) that I already had a sample of. It reminded me of the green patina on copper, like the Statue of Liberty.

Painting thrift store picture frames with Behr paint In the Moment by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oooh, these are gonna be gorgeous!

After brushing on two coats of paint, I used my favorite flexible sanding paper to distress the frames ever so slightly. I am also now completely obsessed with this shade now, so don’t be surprised if you see it again in future projects.

Painting thrift store picture frames with Behr paint In the Moment by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ooh la la!

Once the frames were done, I could move onto the cork tiles. Now…I could have just cut the cork to fit my frames and be done with it. But, I couldn’t get the idea of sponge painting the cork out of my head…just lightly painted in an off-white shade, almost like painted brick.

Sponge painting on cork for a vintage look in repurposed picture frame cork board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s see if this’ll work…

Sound crazy? Maybe…but it was a satisfying process to pounce the paint with a sea sponge all over the cork. Crafting can definitely be therapeutic when you have a lot on your mind…

Sponge painting on cork for a vintage look in repurposed picture frame cork board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like it!!

And that was that- no more painting! When everything was dry, I trimmed down the cork to fit my frame, dotted the inner lip of the frame with my favorite super glue, and set two layers of cork inside (it was a deeper frame).

Creating a DIY cork board with a repurposed picture frame and old cork tile by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Putting it all together…

I decided it need one more thing to make sure the cork was held firmly in place and to keep the cork from getting a convex shape over time. So, I repurposed mat board from my other frame to use as backing for my cork board- and simply tapped in some small wire nails around the edge using my pretty craft hammer. You could just as easily use thin cardboard or foam board in the same capacity.

Creating a DIY cork board with a repurposed picture frame and old cork tile by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Final step!

Ready for the big reveal? Ta-da! My DIY Cork Board from a repurposed picture frame and cork tile from the thrift store.

DIY upcycled picture frame cork board with repurposed vintage cork tile by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for office organizing!

I just love the combo of colors, with the slightly distressed painted frame and the mottled colors of the cork board itself. Indulge me as I share a close up…

DIY upcycled picture frame cork board with repurposed vintage cork tile by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little more elegant than your typical cork board, eh?

It’s ready to be hung up or leaned against a wall- and just use thumbtacks to hold whatever you want on  your DIY cork board!

How to upcycle a thrift store picture frame into a DIY cork board for office organization by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Inspiration, notes, receipts- whatever you need to keep handy…

And if you were curious about my metallic flower thumbtacks, come back later this month as I plan on doing a “Product Test Drive” and will show you how I made these!

DIY metallic flower thumbtacks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they adorable?

Happy organizing and Craft On!

S

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Comments

  1. Perfect timing, I’m getting ready — after about a dozen other projects, to start making some of these for my new craft room. I have the thrifted frames and cork memo boards to cut to size, was wondering how to treat the surface and love the sponge paint idea. Thank you!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Woohoo!! And yes, I LOVE how it turned out- exactly how I had hoped, so I think you’ll feel the same way. 🙂

  2. Very nice and practicle. I love your projects. Can’t wait to see how you made the thumbtacks. I need some of those.

  3. Now this is an idea I can get behind 100%!! Such a really cool idea! And could do it larger too!! Thanks Sadie

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, definitely!! I would have gone larger but I fell in love with the frame I used. But I might end up with a cork board gallery in my office which will allow for lots of varying sizes.

  4. I love this!

  5. Tracie Davis says:

    What a fun project! What was the finish (matte, satin, gloss, chalk) of your paint?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks Tracie- Eggshell! Since it’s a latex paint (the same kind you’d put on walls), I went with my favorite finish.

  6. Kathy B says:

    Awesome as usual! Interested in the pretty thumbtacks.

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