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Before and After: From Thrifty to Nifty

On a thrifting adventure with some friends, I spotted this corkboard tucked among the frames. It had definitely seen better days, but I liked its patterned wood frame, and it looked like it was in decent structural shape, so I decided to take it home. If you remember my post on decorating with thrifted goods, you'll know that a scruffy item often has endless potential.

To see how I spruced up this sad corkboard,


First, I gently pried out the rusty staples, which were attaching the cork to the frame. Then, I mixed some acrylic paint colors together to create a soothing, deep blue-green color, and added some decoupage glue to add shine. I applied two coats of paint, and let it dry overnight. The next day I measured and cut out a length of Amy Butler fabric slightly larger than the corkboard, tucked it tightly around the cork, and staplegunned it into place. Then, I simply popped the fabric-covered cork into the frame, secured it with some finish nails, and hung it in the entry.

This new entry item has actually added a lot of necessary space on the wall for posting letters, messages, and notes. Do you have something similar in your home?

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girlie871 girlie871 8 years
ooh this might be my next project!
nancita nancita 8 years
This looks so fabulous. I love that fabric.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
Love your fabric choice, so cute~
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
It looks great! In my house, I made a tufted message board panel with ribbons that covers the whole inset part of the a closet door in my kitchen. We keep notes, takeout menus, and all kinds of stuff tucked in it!
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