How to Turn an Old Cork Board Into a Beautiful Piece of Art

On my weekly visits to the dumps, I am forever finding cork boards.  They have become a disposable item when they can easily be made to look pretty and more interesting.  Popular back in the 70s and 80s, they don’t seem to be used as much anymore.

I have a large one in my workspace and find it so handy to hold everything from special mementos and quotes to a special sampler stitched in 1903!upcycled cork board covered with burlap and paint

The Board

Most of the cork boards I find are in good condition but are boring, dated, and ugly.  They certainly hold a lot of potential though and are just ripe for an upcycling project.old cork board

The Paint and Pattern

The transformation of this board began with a bright and pretty coat of paint.  I started with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Provence and gave both the wooden frame and the cork two coats.using chalk to draw a pattern on a painted cork board To give the board an art like feel, I added lines in the middle using a ruler and chalk. By using chalk, I was able to rework the pattern until I got the spacing and design just the way I liked it. using a stencil to add a pattern to a painted cork board In order to soften up the design a bit so that it wasn’t too angular, I used a stencil to add a curvier and more fanciful design in the middle and ends.using Chalk Paint on an old cork board Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Pure, it was easy to paint right over the design using small artist brushes.

Once the paint was dry, a damp paper towel removed any of the leftover chalk marks so it looks like you hand-painted the entire design!adding a geometrical pattern to an old cork board

The Inspiration

The ultimate beauty of turning a cork board into a piece of art is that you can design it to match any space and colour scheme you’d like.upcycling an old cord board into art with Annie Sloan Chalk paint My design was loosely inspired by a carpet I picked up on my trip to Mont Tremblant for my kitchen. small rug with turquoise and burgundy patternSo look around, find something that you are drawn to, and use the colour or design to inspire your art while saving a cork board from the trash.

Happy painting!

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2 Comments on " How to Turn an Old Cork Board Into a Beautiful Piece of Art "

  1. Lisa

    This is the prettiest painted cork board that I managed to stumble across during a Google image search. It really is lovely! Thank you for sharing your creativity! Do you remember where you got the stencil?

    1. Lisa

      Thank you so much 🙂 I love that it looks so much better than plain cork. Unfortunately, I have had the stencil for years and am not sure where I got it.

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