Fabric Covered Cork Board 2.1

I have a large frame I bought at a thrift store years ago, I think I paid $3 for it. I wanted a fabric covered cork board for my desk area and once the frame got a desperately needed makeover, it was perfect.

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This is what it started out looking like. It’s quite large and measures 28″x34″.

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The first step was to paint it this incredible color, I used Valspar Tropical Oasis.

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I bought a large piece of cork board from an office supply store then cut it down to fit inside the frame. I don’t mind the look of cork but wanted something a little more girly so I bought some fabric to cover the cork before I framed it. I usually just fold the corners of the fabric in and glue, but I couldn’t have bulk in the corners or it wouldn’t fit in the frame so I cut a notch out of the fabric. I wrapped the fabric around to the backside of the board and used hot glue to secure it into place.

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Then I realized I had a little problem, the cork board was too thick for the frame. I would normally use glazier points to secure the cork in the frame but that wasn’t going to work now. Staples were another option but the frame was so thin in that area that I didn’t think I would be able to use staples without them coming through to the front of the frame. I decided to give duck tape a try but wasn’t thinking it was really going to work. Imagine my surprise and relief when it really worked and held up to me pushing on it to test out it’s strength.

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The cork board is a bit heavy so I used Monkey Hooks to hang the frame. They hold a lot of weight but leave a small hole. You also don’t need any tools to stick them through the wall.

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I love how it turned out!

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My desk area is coming together. Now I just need to get the desk painted, I’m thinking a light gray. And redo my desk chair for the third time because now I want it the same color as the frame.

I love refinishing thrift store items and fitting them into my decor. What have you refinished lately?

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Lisa May 12, 2014 at 4:37 am

Awesome post!! I’d never have thought of that. But it makes it match rooms better.
L x
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Carrie Perrins May 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

This is a great idea! I love the fabric choice.

Anne May 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I love LOVE (read:obsessed with) repurposing frames!!! Turned out great!
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Amanda O May 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm

This such a fantastic idea! We’re moving from a condo to an actual house, partly so I can FINALLY have an office. I can’t wait now to decorate it and use this idea as one of the projects! I’m thinking I may get little cork boards and frames and color code them depending on what I’m pinning on them :)

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama May 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Very cute!! Love the fabric!
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kimber May 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

So cute and simple to do! I need to make one for my house!

Amy | The Happy Scraps May 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

I LOVE this! The colors and the fabric pattern that you picked are perfect! Thank you for showing how you hung it. I have heavy stuff that I don’t dare hang because I’m afraid of it falling. Also, I really think I need to make myself a cork board, I just need to find a place to put it. :)
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Betty819 May 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

I have a question for you; won’t the push pins make small holes n the fabric? Does cork board come in different thickness and can you use scissors to cut it or have to use a ruler and exacto knife? I love the color you chose for the frame..

Jesseca May 15, 2014 at 7:16 am

We just found a peg board at the thrift store that I picked up for Dax’s room. I never thought to cover it in fabric!
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sarah May 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

What a beautiful piece, looks more like a piece or art than a cork board. I would love to look at something like this in my office. Thanks for sharing.
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Holly @ Bits of Everything May 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

This would look so cute in my daughters room. Darling!
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Kristy (DavesWife) May 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

LOVE the colors you chose!!!! This turned out so cute!! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange! ♥

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