Framed Cork Board and Cute Office Decor with Vintage Picture Frames

Framed Cork Board and Cute Office Decor with Vintage Picture Frames

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some cork board sheets 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 perfect vintage picture frames, I could combine them into a framed cork board (or two) to use as cute office decor!

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

Vintage picture frames at thrift store for office decor ideas and cute office decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Unfortunately, the antique frames I had weren’t the right size and didn’t have the right “character” that I had in mind, if that makes sense. Thankfully, I found a couple of options at the thrift store that would work with the cork board sheets in my craft room. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Antique frames from thrift store for upcycling idea as DIY cork board or framed cork board by Sadie Seasongoods

Creating a Framed Cork Board with Vintage Picture Frames and Cork Board Sheets

Interestingly enough, I found some cork roll at the thrift store when I found the right picture frames! But I still wanted to use the cork board sheets in my stash first…

Using cork board sheets or cork roll from thrift store to create decorative cork boards for cute office decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Since I had a vision of what I wanted the framed cork board to look like, I used a specific Behr paint color (In the Moment) that I had a sample of. It reminded me of the green patina on copper, like the Statue of Liberty.

Painting vintage picture frames with In the Moment by Behr Paint to create office decor ideas by Sadie Seasongoods

After brushing on two coats of paint, I used my favorite flexible sanding paper to distress the frames ever so slightly.Antique frames or vintage picture frames that have been painted using In the Moment by Behr by Sadie Seasongoods

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 the cork board sheets for office decor ideas for decorative cork boards by Sadie Seasongoods

If I hated how it looked, I could simply turn it over in my picture frame, right?

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…

How to paint cork with a sponge to look vintage and distressed for cute office decor in a framed cork board by Sadie Seasongoods

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

Why two layers of cork? Well, my picture frame was deep enough for a canvas painting…but two layers of cork is actually ideal for a framed cork board! Deeper cork can more easily accommodate thumbtacks or push pins. 

Inserting the cork board sheets inside vintage picture frames to create framed cork board for cute office decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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 the framed cork board.

Then, I 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.

Finishing a DIY cork board or framed cork board to use as office decor ideas and cute office decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Ready to see what my DIY cork board / framed cork board looks like when it was all done?

Framed Cork Board for Cute Office Decor

Ta-da! I think that’s the prettiest framed cork board I’ve ever seen.

How to make a framed cork board or DIY cork board using vintage picture frames from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

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

Cute office decor with vintage picture frames to create decorative cork boards by Sadie Seasongoods

A framed cork board can be hung on a wall or leaned against the wall on a work desk. I love it’s vintage farmhouse look – such cute office decor!

DIY cork board or framed cork board using cork board sheets and vintage picture frames for cute office decor by Sadie Seasongoods

And if you were curious about my metallic flower thumbtacks, I made them, too, and their tutorial can be found here!

Cute office decor with decorative thumbtacks or cute push pins with copper paint and flowers by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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. Awesome as usual! Interested in the pretty thumbtacks.


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