How to Make a DIY Ballard Designs Corkboard

I picked up a thick wooden frame from an estate sale for $2 and turned it into a cork board. The frame was painted with chalk paint and I inserted two layers of cork. It is an item that can be used in the office or mudroom, as a display board at a wedding, even to hold jewelry in a walk in closet!

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$1 to $25
30 Minutes
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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    First I removed the MDF picture from the wooden frame

  • Step 2

    Then, I sanded the finish off of the frame with sandpaper.

  • Step 3

    Using clear candle wax, I rubbed the edges of the frame where I wanted the paint to chip away. The paint will not stick to the wax and makes the job of distressing a piece easier.

  • Step 4

    I painted the frame with two coats of white chalk paint that I mixed myself.

  • Step 5

    I sanded the edges of the frame to remove some of the paint. Then I lightly brushed on satin varnish to protect the finish.

  • Step 6

    The MDF picture got covered in mod podge to hold on the cork board. I had to do this twice to create a cork surface thick enough to hold thumbtacks.

  • Step 7

    I used an x-acto knife to trim away the excess cork. I cut along the edge of the MDF board.

  • Step 8

    I put the cork covered board back into the frame and my project was done!


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