Trashed Corkboard Gets Makeover

Corkboard 8

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.

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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!

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


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