...our old cork board {makeover}...

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What happens when a yucky old cork board meets some crown moulding, rosettes, a coat of paint and a paper window shade? This, baby...

Meet our subject...the 1980's, everyone-and-their-brother-had-one-of-these-in-his/her-room-and-had-all-of-his/her-Field Day ribbons-and-Senior Class pictures-pinned-to-them-with-plastic-pushpins cork board...just fine on it's own...but, just fine doesn't work here...

...hey handsome...you're about to get some jazzin' up...

Now meet our team of professionals...

...4 rosettes from Home Depot, .99 cents each...

The 8' strip of crown moulding failed to show up for photos, but he was cheap too, only $4.99...
...I got this stuff from Goodwill for $1.99...it's from IKEA, but I'm not exactly sure what it is...I think it's a paper window shade...it's super-flexible and paper-y...and it's the coolest super-dark shade of brown and it's texture-y...oh, and it smells sort-of like dirt...
...here's a close-up...any suggestions? Whatever it is, it's very loooong...118" to be exact...

I took those four little rosettes and glued 'em to the corners of the board using wood glue. I clamped them down for about an hour and then let them dry overnight...(I didn't say it was a fast process...)

Then my main man gave me a lesson on how to saw...yep...there's a right way and a wrong way. I knew only the wrong way...until now...and I gotta tell ya, the right way is sooooo much easier...

I measured the spaces between my rosettes and cut the moulding to fit in between...then I glued and clamped the trim and let that dry for a few hours...

Now, because I'm not a master carpenter (...yet...), there were some (small) gaps between the trim and the rosettes and I didn't really like the way it looked. So, at this point, I took out the spackling and filled all the little spaces.

When the spackling dried I took the board outside and painted the entire thing with 2 coats of white spray paint.

After the paint was dry, I cut the IKEA paper stuff to the right size, sprayed the back with adhesive and patted it into place over the old cork.

The paper-meets-trim edge didn't look sharp enough for me so I painted some old beaded trim I had (.99 cents/yard at JoAnn) with the white spray paint and I hot glued that around the inside edges of the cork...

Oh, yeah.

Much better...

You're welcome, cork board...you owe me one.

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  1. Love it, I need to do something like this to mine.

  2. Hi there! I hope you had a great Easter yesterday! I found your ruffle clutch tutorial on a blog hop, I really want to make one, thanks for the great tutorial! && while I was here at your blog ....I LOVE your cork board makeover!! :)

  3. That is a terrific makeover. I have no idea what that was from Ikea but i like the texture. The molding makes it a much more substantial piece now!

  4. P.S. I'm also your newest follower & I took your button! Would love if you'd follow me back! :) Happy Monday

  5. LOVE it! Definitely an improvement :-) You are amazing!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  6. Super creative once again! I am having crafting creation envy. --LIZ

  7. I like it, I like it ALOT! I so very much want to do a chalkboard with crown moulding as well!

  8. You are a visionary! Something so simple turned fabulous... too good my friend, too good.

  9. ps... can I please feature this on my blog sometimes this week? Its worth sharing. :)

  10. nice cork board. I made one of these myself. awesome! :)

  11. WOW ok so I've seen a lot of corkboard makeovers but this beats them ALL by miles. It's SO pretty, Looks like a very expensive posh piece now =) x

  12. Heeeello awesomeness!! What a spectacular transformation! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Saw you on Someday Crafts...can't wait to make this. I'm "pinning" this on Pinterest. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm your newest follower!


  14. Love this idea -- I have an old cork board & this is exactly what it needs. Thanks

  15. This is fantastic, so impressive! I am a new follower and visiting from Momnivore's Dilemma! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  16. Wow! This is most impressive. Love it!

  17. This is a seriously creative and cool project and it came out great!!

    I was looking for your email and can't find it...but I won your pillow giveaway! I'm a slack on my thank you, but THANK YOU! If you get a chance, stop by my blog and take a look at the master bedroom posts where I featured the pillow. I'll also be hosting a few giveaways next week, so be sure to check them out! Maybe I can return the favor :))

  18. Great transformation! Love the look of your new cork board and a very easy project to do too. Thanks so much for stopping by the Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

  19. Cute cute cute!!!!

    I just bought an old cork board at Goodwill for my daughter's room, spray paint and fabric to give it a redo. But I love the molding look! So cute!!

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up!


  20. Very creative!! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  21. That is just too cute! I love it!

  22. HI from your newest follower via WhipperBerry. I think my most favorite is your cork board what a great idea thanks for sharing. Glad to meet you hope you will visit sometime.Sincerely Rachel

  23. Visiting from Flamingo Toes. This is sooo pretty! I've got several of these lying around and they'd be perfect made over this way. I think probably burlap would be a great replacement for the IKEA stuff since I'm not planning to drive the 2 hours to IKEA to get it. :-)

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  24. Wow, that's so cool! It looks pretty AND functional.

  25. Crown molding is such a clever idea! What an upgrade!

  26. Holy freaking gorgeous!!! I have a cork board that could use a makeover like that! Thanks for sharing ~ come by and say hi sometime!

  27. I LOVE this!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up this week!! I featured your post on my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-5-1-2011/

    Have a great weekend!

  28. Wow Maggie, this is one of my all time favorites! It turned out beautiful. I saw it on Tidy Mom. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  29. I just found out that building a frame is not as easy as it looks! Great job on this project.

    Warmly, Michelle

  30. Hi Maggie~

    What a lovely transformation!! So nifty, neat & creative. I invite you to link to my fun & inspiring blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower. :)

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

  31. How wonderful thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!

  32. Wow! I'm positively impressed by the transformation! Indeed, I think I have one of those cork board out in the rafters of the garage from my college days! You did an incredible job with the molding, rosette's and trim! You certainly had a vision and it played out beautifully!

    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17! I hope you'll swing by tomorrow and share more of your talent and creativity!


  33. Who cares if it smells like dirt- it looks awesome. Great color and texture and the attention to detail with the beaded trim-ove it! thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday!

  34. Your team of professionals really made that pretty!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back again with new ideas this week...

  35. Congrats you've been featured at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You've earned it!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  36. Super cute...I love the way this turned out! Great find at goodwill too, and way to be creative with using it!

  37. This is so cute! What a difference the rosettes make and I love the bead trim that you did. Pinning it!

  38. Maggie - this is adorable! I love the added molding and embellishments..the bead trim is super cute! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this {sunday}. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  39. What an amazing makeover!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  40. Oh this is cool & I'm just catching up at HOH's. If no one told you that's a curtain panel from Ikea lol have no idea why it smells like dirt though lol Love your corkboard it looks much much better.


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