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In my thrift shopping a few weeks ago I found this awesome frame and immediately started thinking what I could use it for. I felt it was a steal for $4. I love old ornate frames. My first thought was a magnet board but after taking Lakley to college this week she had a big open spot in her apartment and she mentioned she would love a corkboard for pictures…. so I went right to work making it. I was really hoping she wanted to use it in some way.
The supplies were pretty simple and can be found at most of your crafting stores. It was so simple to do and you could use any size frame. This one is a 20×16 opening for the cork board and the frame itself is a good 4″ which I love.
Corkboard sheets 12×12 squares or you could use the roll (the square ones are thicker)
Fabric 3/4 of a yard for this size frame
I began with cutting the cork to fit the picture that came inside the old frame leaving a 1/4 of an inch around the edge so it would still fit back inside the frame. I then used 2 sided tape to secure the cork. You could glue or tack it down with just about anything.
Next came the fabric. The chevron print was the hardest part of this keeping it tight but straight. I went simple and just duct taped it on one side and pulled the opposite side to tighten it checking the print to make sure it wasn’t off. The back side doesn’t look too great but it will go against the wall so no worries. Also, by doing it this way you could easily change it out if you ever wanted.
I then painted the frame all black. As I painted I left some of the crevasses the original color. This gives it a 2 tone effect and it really looks antiqued without all the work.
I love the way it turned out and hope Lakley loves it.
Details do end up being important so I added a ribbon to hang pictures from with the tiny clothes pins. I found these chalkboard ones from JoAnn’s.
These are wood buttons with cute sayings on them that I plan on gluing to thumb tacks to use to pin things to the board. The sayings are cute and will make it easier to remove the pins.
I will share a picture later of it hanging in Lakley’s apartment. There are so many things you can do with frames so be sure and keep your eyes open next time your at the thrift shop or remember this project if you have an old frame you would like to take from drab to fab!!
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