Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Drab to Fab ~ Design Cork Board

When I go to the thrift stores, I usually have a list of things that I am looking for in my mind. Right now I am looking for some furniture: such as unique coffee table or something can work as a coffee table, tall night stand, large bookcase or somethings that can work as such. Growing up, my mom taught me to see an item beyond its use and make it my own by how she decorated the house. So, it doesn't have to be exactly what I am looking for, it just needs that potential.

Another thing I have been looking for was a large picture frame. One day, I found one... pretty much, almost exactly, what I have been imagining I would find.

Here it is;


NO, I wasn't interested in the picture at all. I was only interested in the frame. What is it for you ask? To make this...


I wanted a large design/inspiration board in my sewing area. On my online search, I found one that was close to what I was looking for at Ballard Designs for $150. NO, not me... I don't want to spend that much on a cork board. I will share how much it cost to make my version.

33 1/2" x 42 1/2" frame ----- $12
spray paint ----------------- $ 4
Cork roll ------------------- $33
Linen ----------------------- I had it for years, and don't remember how much it was...
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Total $49

I made mine for a third of the cost! Actually, there is a tip I can share with you from my "ouch" experience. I wasn't really thinking about the size of the cork when I bought the frame. I was just excited to find it and I had to get it. The thing is though, I thought I could just buy the cork roll at the local craft stores with a 40% off coupon, which only cost me around $7. Nope, the frame I bought was much bigger than the cork rolls you can find at the craft store. I had to do some searching online. Thank goodness I found it on Ebay, it was 30" x 39 1/4" roll and no shipping. So, if you don't want to spend that much, stick to the size of frame that you can buy the cork for locally. I was a bit bummed that it cost more than I was planning for, but still! I love how it turned out, and can't wait to hang it in my sewing room.


I better keep my eyes peeled and head out to the thrift shops soon to find the rest of the furniture I am looking for. :)



10 comments:

Luann said...

Can you still in items to the cork even though it has been painted? turned out very nice.

imquilternity said...

It's lovely... you did a wonderful job. Would the "peel and stick" cork tiles work for this? Since they are behind the linen they wouldn't show? Anyway, I think yours is beautiful.

Sheila DelCharco said...

Beautiful! I always look at framed pictures but I haven't found a nice frame yet. Will keep my eyes peeled!

Erin said...

Beautiful! If you want to cut your cost drastically, try using Homasote from Home Depot. You get a huge 4ft x 8ft sheet for about $14 (they can cut it for you, if need be or just use an exacto knife to score and break it.) Cork can get expensive and this insulation material is awesome as a "cork board." Learned about it years ago when I was in 4-H!!

Erin said...

Beautiful! If you want to cut your cost drastically, try using Homasote from Home Depot. You get a huge 4ft x 8ft sheet for about $14 (they can cut it for you, if need be or just use an exacto knife to score and break it.) Cork can get expensive and this insulation material is awesome as a "cork board." Learned about it years ago when I was in 4-H!!

le idee migliori mi vengono di notte said...

It's lovely!! good work!!Elisa

NanaDiana said...

Wow- That looks great and at a fraction of what it would have cost if you found one all done- xo Diana

Sachiko Aldous said...

imquilternity-
I think the cork tiles would work, but I wonder about the seams.

Erin-
Thank you for your tip! I have never heard of Homasote before, I wish I knew! I am going to remember it for a future project.

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