DIY Framed Corkboard for the Office

You didn’t think I’d forgotten about my office overhaul had you?

The truth is that after I got my beautiful built in done, I was stalling a bit cause I got really busy and wanted to live with the furniture placement for a little while before putting the finishing touches on the space.

I’ve got a few more projects and some organizing to do in here for sure and was able to finish one of them this past weekend from an old framed mirror that we’ve had in the garage for a really long time. I knew I had been holding onto it for a reason and was able to turn it into a really fun corkboard for my office wall!
thrifted framed mirror turned into a fun cork board for the office

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I know I’ve been throwing the word decluttering around  a lot lately, but this was one of those things that I kept, knowing it just needed a little love to make it super useful.

You can see that I had started sanding it down years ago (probably over 5 years ago to be super transparent) but I didn’t have the vision until I found this really fun yellow color from Sherwin Williams called eye catching.eye catching by sherwin williams

So I cleaned it off, whipped out my trusty paint sprayer to be sure I got a really smooth finish and after a few light coats I let it dry for what was supposed to be a day or two, but actually turned out to be over 2 weeks because, well…. life to get a smooth finish when painting furniture

I could have removed the mirror before painting, but it was fine to remove it once the frame was painted too.

I removed the foam core backing, then had to remove some staples (with a screwdriver) and finally I sliced the caulk with a utility knife and the mirror popped right out.DIY framed corkboard

I bought a roll of cork that was wide enough for my frame and used the foam core to cut it to size using a utility knife.

Then I used hot glue to attach the cork to the foam core. If you don’t already have a piece of foam core on the back of your old frame, I suggest picking one up. (You can find it really cheap at Dollar Tree.) The reason being that rolls of cork are pretty thin and thicker sheets can be really expensive. Layering the cork on top of the foam core will allow you to poke your tacks in no problem.

Once you have your cork and foam core together and it’s dry, lay it into your frame and then add more hot glue into the cracks in each and on top of both the board and frame so that when it dries the hot glue holds the board in corkboard

And that’s it!

I placed mine just above my work area and plan to pin up inspiration and have a space to plan out the design of different spaces.
inspiration board for office space

I like the idea that when I’m working on a specific space I can use this board to gather inspiration and see how things work together before they make it into the room. Plus it keeps things up and off of my work table.creating an inspiring office space

That’s just one of a couple of ways that I plan to make my office functional and pretty. It’s a work in progress!

What I used to make my corkboard:

  • an old frame
  • roll of cork
  • paint sprayer
  • less than a quart of paint (color= eye catching by Sherwin Williams)
  • hot glue and a hot glue gun
  • utility knife




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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

0 thoughts on “DIY Framed Corkboard for the Office

  1. Pam says:

    Great recycling and a great finished idea! I actually think a good corkboard is the best office organizer.
    I also am interested in the small paint sprayer you used. Would love make, model, where bought if you wouldn’t mind sharing that info.
    Thank you,

  2. Leah says:

    About 5 years ago I got a whole lot of frames, from very small to not terribly large from Freecycle. At that time I had a roommate I didn’t see very often because of our work schedules. I was at BigLots, I think, and saw a couple of cute cork boards (cork over foam boards.) I took out the glass from a couple of frames and cut the cork to the size of the frames. I then Velcroed them to both her bedroom and the main bathroom doors. She’s long gone, but the cork boards are still doing their job! And looking pretty too!

    1. That is awesome Leah! They are so useful!

  3. Anne-Marie Awrey says:

    Looks awesome – what paint sprayer did you use? Looks much better than a spray can.


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