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    Trashed Corkboard Gets Makeover

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    Back in April when Erin was visiting, you might have caught a glimpse of this garbage picking photo from this post or on Instagram (@erinejd and @emilyejd1.)

    Trash Picker

    Well, in this photo I am rescuing a corkboard. As soon as I saw this baby, I knew with the right makeover she would be perfect for my oldest son’s bedroom.

    corkboard 5

    Without too much of a plan in mind, I got to work.


    Discarded corkboard
    220 grit sand paper
    Minwax English Walnut Stain
    Burlap – I had a large piece left over from another project
    Push pins- I picked up a pack at Lowes for $1.34

    Corkboard 3

    First, I sanded down the frame of the bulletin board with 120 grit sandpaper and wiped it clean.

    Next, I brushed on Minwax English Walnut Stain with a natural bristle brush, making sure to wipe off any excess with a rag. Once it was dry, I applied a coat of Minwax Polycrylic.

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    After the frame was dry, I cut out a piece of burlap that was just slightly larger than the cork area of the board.

    Corkboard 2

    Then, I folded the edges of the burlap under itself and secured it to the cork with push pins. I continued placing the pins about ½ inch apart all around the boarder, being sure to tuck the burlap along the way.

    Corkboard 1

    Finally, it was complete and ready for use.

    Corkboard 4

    I am in love! It fits the style of my son’s vintage airplane bedroom so well. Stay tuned to see more updates for this room soon!

    Corkboard 6

    What room/rooms are you working on in your home?


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    DIY Note Cards From A Gift Box

    My son recently received a gift and it arrived in a cute polka dot patterned gift box. The bottom portion of the box got smashed during the gift opening process. I really wanted to figure out something to use the top for so I wasn’t just throwing it away. That’s when I decided to make a few fun note cards from the leftover cardboard.

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    Here is what the top looked like before I started.

    Gift Box Note Cards 1 
    First, I deconstructed the lid by pulling the corners apart. Next, my paper cutter was used to sever the edges along the creases. That left me with just the center section of the cardboard.

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    Finally, I folded each piece in half and pressed down with the flat edge of a ruler to get a firm crease.

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    I also made a few itty bitty ones from the edges I cut off in the first step. I love these! Plus they were free! Yay!

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