Have you been to garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets and find wall art with a really great frame and the picture is horrible? I have found many frames like this in my thrifting travels, and when the price is right, I snatch them up. I love being able to take something that is out-dated and give it a new life. Let me show you how this Repurposed Cork Board turned out.
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I removed the paper backing, took apart the picture and removed the glass insert. I used the existing backing of the picture as my template for the corkboard, so always keep your cardboard backs.
Since the cork roll is a thin layer, I decided to use a layer of craft foam to give the cork more cushion. Cork rolls do come in different thickness so make sure to buy thicker cork if using for a corkboard. I originally was going to use 2 layers of cork and decided that foam was a better option. I cut the foam sheets and the cork board to the size of the original cardboard backing and used spray adhesive to attach the pieces together. I have a new CRUSH on the paint color I chose for this project. I used Sherwin Williams #SW7052 Gray Area. I LOVE this color.
I sealed the frame with my favorite polycrylic from Minwax 23333 Satin Polycrylic Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint. I applied furniture glaze to the details of the frame to give the frame more color and richness. I prefer to seal my pieces before applying the glaze. It gives you more time to work with the glaze, especially when using porous chalk base paints.
.Yes, I painted the cork! The cork color is not very flattering, so why not have it match your frame. It took 2 heavy coats to get the cork fully covered since the cork is so porous.
I love the details of this repurposed corkboard frame. The glaze makes all the difference by making all the carved details standout.
I decided to use it as a jewelry display as I needed a new display piece for my shop, so this one was it.
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