Curbside Corkboard Upcycle

Don’t you love a good curbside find? Emily from Elizabeth Joan Designs spotted a discarded corkboard and says, “As soon as I saw this baby, I knew with the right makeover she would be perfect for my oldest son’s bedroom.” The final result is a “soaring” success!


Emily sanded and stained the frame, then added a protective finish. Burlap and metal pushpins create a clean slate and give it an antique look that perfectly matches her son’s “vintage airplane bedroom.” I love the way it looks next to this chalkboard–they are such a fun pair!

To read more and see Emily’s technique for attaching the burlap, visit Elizabeth Joan Designs.

Back to School Bulletin Board Spruce Up

Over at Lovely Etc., Carrie is getting ready to go back to school.  She’s a school counselor with a very small, very unlovely office.  Before school starts, Carrie decided to transform the school castoffs that make up her office and brighten things up a bit.

Lovely Etc. bulletin board before

One of the first projects for the office makeover was this bland bulletin board.  She used some cute wrapping paper that she had on hand to cover the cork.  Next, she used some fun turquoise duct tape to wrap around the metal frame, making the board look considerably more delightful that things usually are at school!  In this case, small changes made a big impact!

Lovely Etc. bulletin board after

Read more about Carrie’s office makeover at Lovely Etc.

An Old Mirror Literally Gets Pinned

“I found a grody old cheval mirror on the tree lawn a few months back,” says Jenny of Craft Test Dummies.  After taking some time to consider what to do with this free find, she decided to turn it into a pin board.

Craft Test Dummies pin board before

“It only took me about two hours to make and the cost… almost free! I had everything I needed on hand except the picture wire,” Jenny notes happily.  She removed the mirror frame from the base, which was pretty much useless due to weather damage.  She upholstered foam core board to fit inside the frame with pretty fabric from HGTV’s line.  It functions perfectly and looks lovely as the bulletin board in Jenny’s home office.

Craft Test Dummies pin board after

Get more information on this project at Craft Test Dummies.

Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

This bulletin board shows just how skilled the ladies over at Namely Original are at bringing new life to old, discarded items. Julia had been looking for a new cork board, but her mom was not too excited about forking over the money. Therefore, she found a more budget-friendly option in this curbside find.

curbside bulletin board

The ladies freshened up the frame with some paint and then covered the board with fabric. They finished it off with a strip of fabric and ribbon for interest. How cute is this? And it cost them absolutely nothing!

fabric covered bulletin board from curb

You can see exactly how this bulletin board was transformed at Namely Original.

Corkboard Calendar

Over at Inspiration Cafe, Sherry tells us that she got this plain corkboard for free when she was shopping at a garage sale.  She brought it home and turned it into the perfect calendar and organization station for her family.

Painting the frame and adding calendar squares really dressed up the original basic board.  And the addition of clothespins to the board?  Pure genius!  Now things can go on and off the board without any sharp pushpins dropping off onto the floor.  This board should definitely help a busy family stay organized.

Sherry offers a detailed tutorial on how she made this calendar board at Inspiration Cafe.

Ceiling Tile Magnet Board

As a member of the preservation committee for her city, Jean from The Backyard Bungalow often gets a first glimpse of historic materials up for donation. She could barely contain her excitement when a huge stockpile of tin ceiling tile from the old Sears building was donated. You can bet Jean was sure to snatch some up at the annual salvage sale!

old tin ceiling tile

Jean turned one of the tiles into a magnetic board for a large blank space on her office wall. She framed it out with some trim pieces that were also snagged at the salvage sale. The vintage materials are a perfect fit for Jean’s space. I especially love that she knows the history behind them.


Check it out at The Backyard Bungalow.

Framed Message Board

Heidi from My Beautiful Mess snatched up this ugly and outdated topiary art print from her mom’s Goodwill pile. Although Heidi had never liked the “foofy schmoofy” art, the frame had some serious potential.

framed topiary art

Heidi repainted the frame and then replaced the art with corkboard tiles and fabric. Bye bye topiary print! The once disliked piece of art is now a fabulous inspiration board for Heidi’s craft area.

  inspiration board

Head to My Beautiful Mess for the tutorial.