Monday, October 5, 2009

Sprucing Up a Plain Corkboard on the Cheap

I wanted a couple corkboards in our home office for sticking up reminders, photos, and other goodies. I spackled way to many holes when I painted the room a few weeks ago and I wanted hubby to have a place to hang his momentos without putting more holes in the walls.

I picked up a couple cheapo framed corkboards at Wal-Mart for $6 each. They needed a little bit of decoration though because they were a bit blah.

So I taped newspaper over them and sprayed on a nice coat of glossy white Rustoleum spray paint.

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When I pulled off the paper, I noticed some of the paint leaked under. Oops.

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So I went to my scrapbook paper stash and decided to use some paper to add a nice border to cover up the spray paint that strayed from the frame. I measured out the frame and discovered that the inside dimensions were 16" x 22" so I needed 136 inches total of paper to cover the edges of two frames. Using 12x12 paper with 1" strips would be 144 inches (Twelve 1" strips x 12" per strip). Did I lose you with all the math? So basically I figured out one sheet of paper would be enough.

The 1" strip looked a little too wide so I went with 3/4". But one sheet of paper gave me plenty of paper strips to cover the inside edge of both frames. The first paper I tried in the background was a little too girlie with the flowers. So I went with the brown paper with the white tree branches. Because hubby thinks the house is a little too girlie already. And marriage is all about compromise. Even though the flowered paper matched better.

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I started gluing the strips down. At the end of each paper strip, I tried different pieces to see which ones would line up best with the pattern of the tree branches.This kept the seams of the edges from being too obvious.
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After only a few mintues of cutting and gluing, I had two prettier frames.
Project cost:
-2 frames at $6 each = $12
-1 can spray paint = $3
-1 sheet scrapbook paper = free!

Total cost = $15  Making something plain and functional into something happier and prettier=priceless

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Linking up with DIY day on A Soft Place to Land


And Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch

And joining up with From the Same Nest


And then "I made it without my hubby" on Shanty 2 Chic.

Shanty 2 Chic
And Transformation Thursday on Shabby Chic Cottage 


  1. You did a fantastic job! I love the new look! (I always over-spray some area that I'm not supposed to!)

    Thanks for stopping by to see me today too and for your sweet comments. :) It lead me back to you! Now I'm off to check out more of your blog!

    Have a great week!


  2. Those are cute! What a great way to keep little reminders! Thanks for visiting! I signed up as a follower and would love it if you did the same!

  3. Way to make lemonade out of lemons! Great idea!

  4. very cute! Gotta love scrapbook paper :)

  5. nice job! I love using pretty paper on things other than scrapbooking, since I don't have the patience for making all of those fancy layouts.

  6. What a wonderful idea! I love how the paper you chose picked up on the bulletin AND frame colour. Such a lovely custom look!


  7. I love it!! Thanks for sharing.

    Kathy :)

  8. White paint can make so many things awesome! I love the paper.

  9. looks great, what a great idea!

  10. Jane @ Finding FabulousOctober 6, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Sara, I love this idea because it looks great, but it's also easy...and I'm all about that! I've got a new day on Fridays' called Frugalicious Friday where you can link up your fabulously thrifty finds and Diy projects! I hope you can join the party!

  11. I love what you did with the added paper. Very cute! I have a cork board in my office that might need a redo soon, thanks to you! Thanks for sharing with us at From The Same Nest!


  12. See, this is why I can't do this! There was math involved! They look great!

  13. great job I really like the boader you put on it! Good luck on your list.

  14. cute, cute - I'm checking out your old posts now too!

  15. What a wondeful ideal, I have been going through your older post, great ideals and blog.

  16. Gosh I love scrapbook paper that is awesome!

  17. Very nice--I like the tree edging. I had done this before when I used bulletin boards--I did the white frame too!

  18. The paper is the PERFECT addition!! LOVE it!! Thanks for linking up!!

  19. I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
    *Eliza’s blog*

  20. I like it! Great job... I wanna do it now! :)

  21. Those are lovely. Something beautiful came of a mistake, you have to love that!


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