Thrift Store Corkboards Two Ways

My daughter needed a corkboard to hang above her new desk and I was lucky to come across two giant corkboards at my local thrift store last week.  They were both on sale, marked down to just $1.25! They needed a little TLC, for sure, so this is what I came up with:

I was lucky enough to find a piece of fabric in my stash that was just the right size to upholster the corkboard.  Using a staple gun, I stretched and attached the fabric to the back of the frame stapling the whole way around. 

 That’s it!  It probably took me less than 15 minutes total to upholster it and hang it on the wall.

I had some left over chalkboard paint from a project I did at least 2 years ago.  I don’t think I ever shared it with you, but you can see it here.  I took the corkboard outside and spray painted it with the chalkboard paint, letting it dry between coats.  Easy peasy!!  I added a typography Julia Child quote with chalk and hung it near my kitchen table:

I think it looks fab…except hubby keeps reading it as “People Who Eat People”…maybe I’m too subconsciously addicted to The Walking Dead!

Can you believe these two corkboards once looked like this?

(Disclaimer:  I fully realize that these are awful photos!  This is what happens when you are in a rush to document a project!)



DIY: Easy Mini-Chalkboards


I love a little spot to jot down a note, or thought. I made these mini-chalkbaords for under $2 each!


I purchased the wooden pieces at Michael’s for $1 and used scrap ribbon. For the little clothes pin on the second one, I cover it in a scrap of ribbon tape.

To make your own:

*Lightly sand your wooden shape.
*Drill two holes in the middle of the top section.
*Spray with chalkboard spray paint.
*Once dry, thread your ribbon thru holes and tie together at ends.