New Life for an Old Cork Board

With the weather getting warmer, my husband has been on a mission to clean and organize our garage. One of the things we had to clean out was this old cork board that was actually my husband's when he was a kid. I love cork boards, but this one definitely needed a face-lift.

First, I gently pried the frame apart at one corner and took the cork out of the center.

I gave the frame a quick coat of paint with some white exterior paint we had sitting in the basement.

I covered the old cork with a piece of fabric from my stash, put it back in the frame, and hammered in one finishing nail to put the frame back together.

Super easy and very satisfying. Including time for the paint to dry, this took me about an hour start to finish. I love these kinds of projects.


  1. I love this! I have been looking for some kind of bulletin board to hang in C's room.....when I find one I think I am going to cover it in fabric! Thanks for the idea!!

  2. Really easy and beautifull. Thank you for sharing this idea with us.

  3. great looking, fun and quick profect- would make a great mood board that you could change whenever you like. nice!

  4. how do you "gently" pry the frame apart at one corner? That appears to be the most significant part of this tutorial.

    1. I guess it depends on the cork board. This old one came apart easily at the corner joint. You can see it better in the photo where it's painted white. I think I used a flat head screw driver, wedged it into the seam, and gently twisted. Good luck!