DIY Framed Cork Board

Check out this amazing Ballard Designs inspired corkboard that cost just $5!

I recently bought a heavy wooden frame with an interesting shape at an estate sale that I wanted to turn into a framed cork board.  Ballard Designs has some beautiful ones for sale, but one of a similar size to the frame I bought costs $100...I wanted mine to be cheaper than that!

Ballard Designs Corkboard

So here is what I did to make my DIY version using a $2 frame:

I started by taking the picture out of the frame.  It was decoupaged over a thin MDF board, which was  a perfect surface for attaching the cork.

I sanded the frame to roughen up the wood.  I also used my hammer to distress the wood a bit.....I wanted the frame to look a little worn.

Since I wanted a chippy paint look, I rubbed areas where I wanted the paint to come off with a little clear candle wax.  You need to add a little more wax than you think you need in order for the paint to chip off nicely.

Chalk paint is really popular right now and I love the finish that it gives to a wooden piece.

 To make your own DIY chalk paint mix 2 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 1 Tablespoon of water and mix it up really well.  Then add that to 1 cup of paint.  (A post on the complete recipe can be viewed here.)

I painted the frame with two coats of white  paint, letting it dry for about two hours in between.

When the paint was dry, I used a medium grit sand paper on the edges where the wax had been rubbed.

To protect the wood, I used Americana's DuraClear Satin Varnish.   I put the sealer on in a really thin coat and brushed it a lot to spread it out.  I didn't want the frame to be shiny when I was done.  Paste Furniture Wax  also does an amazing job sealing wood painted with chalk paint.

Corkboard can be purchased in a roll online or in craft stores.  I laid the cork board out, coated my MDF board with Mod Podge , and then pressed it down onto the cork.

Using an x-acto knife, I cut the cork along the edge of the board.  Since the cork is thin, I added a second layer of cork in order to make it thick enough for pushpins to go into.

The cork board went back into the frame and the project was done....What do you think?  I personally like it better than the Ballard Designs version because it has such a different shaped frame.  Plus the entire project cost only about $5.  Who can beat that?!?!

What do you think?  Is this a project you would try yourself?

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