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.
This is what it started out looking like. It’s quite large and measures 28″x34″.
The first step was to paint it this incredible color, I used Valspar Tropical Oasis.
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.
Then I realized I had a little problem, the cork board was too think 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.
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.
I love how it turned out!
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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