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!
Step by Step Instructions
First I removed the MDF picture from the wooden frame
Then, I sanded the finish off of the frame with sandpaper.
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.
I painted the frame with two coats of white chalk paint that I mixed myself.
I sanded the edges of the frame to remove some of the paint. Then I lightly brushed on satin varnish to protect the finish.
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.
I used an x-acto knife to trim away the excess cork. I cut along the edge of the MDF board.
I put the cork covered board back into the frame and my project was done!