Sunday, April 25, 2010

it feels good to be back revamping!!

So, it's been quite some time since I have gone thrifting, looking for something to take from fugly to fabulous, but I FINALLY got back to it today!!  All winter long, it was just too cold to be in the garage spray painting, and honestly I have been saving every extra penny towards things for me personally that I hadn't even thought of any DIY revamps.

A while back I posted about my love for corkboards, and that's where this project started.  We have been piecing together the furniture in my loft area and it's definitely becoming my new favorite room in the house.  I absolutely love my bookshelves (I plan on posting sometime about them! :) ) and we just recently got a new desk which made me want to revamp something into a gorgeous Ballard inspired corkboard.  Oh Ballard Designs, how I love browsing through you for much inspiration!! I came across this Ballard bullentin board and fell in love.  I love how big it is, and what I love about corkboards is that they are ever changing pieces of art. What I didn't love was the $499 price tag.  You gotta be kidding me?!  If I'm gonna spend that amount of money on something it's gonna be a Louis Vuitton, not a freaking corkboard!!

So with this inspiration in mind, I headed to my local thrift store in search of a large frame that I could transform into my dream corkboard...and that's where I met this baby.

Pretty..not so much, but what worked for me was the traditional style of the frame & the $14 price tag.  This frame doesn't look as big as it really is, but it's a biggie.  I had to manipulate it to fit inside my little compact car, but where there's a will, there's a way!!

I sanded it down and then pulled out my trusty Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint, and because of the size of the frame I decided to pickup two cans.

I sprayed and sprayed that frame with two good coats and already my heart was so excited about how it was turning out!!

I didn't worry to paint too much over the ugly painting since I knew that I was going to be covering it over with cork.  I did make sure that about a 1/2 inch around it was covered pretty good in case the cork didn't go exactly to the trim of the frame.

For my cork, I just swung by my local Target and picked up the cork drawer liners.  What I loved about these is that they have a self-adhesive backing, so no gluing was required, and at $9 you can't beat that!

My husband was kind of enough to lend me a helping hand rolling out & measuring the cork, and well as holding it straight while I trimmed to size and applied to the frame.  It's definitely a job for two people since the roll does just that, rolls up!  After all that I ended up with this beauty!

Ta-da!! Isn't she beautiful?! Large and perfectly white wood like I love! Total cost for revamp, about $30! Take that Ballard Designs! :)   I decided to hang her above the desk in my loft to hold all different kinds of goodies.  Pictures, drawings, invitations, thank you notes, and so on and so forth.

I couldn't love it anymore and it was really that simple & that affordable!!!  I finished the whole project in a few hours and the transformation is great!!  Hope you all love it!!  :)

**I'm linking this project up at DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land,  Best DIY Projects of April at Beneath My Heart, as well as Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge please swing by & check out some great projects!**


Laura Larson said...

Love it! Seriously, I can't wait until school is over so I can take all of the inspiration you have given me (chalkboards, corkboards . . . the list goes on) and put it to use!

Ashley's Thrifty Living said...

love it! It looks great!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

niiiice!! way to save your money so you can spend it on more fun things ;)

MarytheKay said...

I'm here from DIY day! I just did a cork board project for my oldest daughter...but with the smaller cork squares. However, my younger daughter has a pretty little corkboard in her room that isn't thick enough (the thumb tacks won't poke all the way in) I think I might use your idea and use the roll of cork to put another layer on top!

Alyssa Barnett said...

Great job! This is very cute and sounds like something I could do myself!

Have a Happy One!


Della said...

Amazing! Though I have to admit that I was partial to the ocean picture. :)

Lisa said...

Kimmy! You have inspired me so! I am going to my favorite thrift shop first thing tomorrow a.m. Conveniently located right near a Target! Great job!

Petie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great job on the cork board! I love Ballards too but, you're right, their prices are crazy, BUT their inspiration is free!!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Excellent! I love cork boards, so handy to have a few around the house.

Jamie said...

Great job!
Thanks for the birthday wishes!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great job and you can't beat that price!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I love that! I want to make one.

sharon said...

Thanks for stopping by, two boards in a different style!! Love the white frame on yours, and you'll be able to put so much on it.

Meet Virginia said...

WOW! This turned out so great I love that you used a thrift store frame!


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Meet Virginia! said...

wow! that looks great! Very creative to use the cork liner.
You sure can't beat the price of your fabulous memo center!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

That turned out great! I love using Ballards for inspiration too. I have always loved their big cork boards. I know you will really enjoy yours. :0)
Thanks for linking up to my party!

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! I'm thinking I might have to steal the idea.

Shaynah Asher said...

Oh I likey and I see that white is starting to replace all of your black...I like that even more:)
My favorite is that you would spend your money on Louis before you spent it on a corkboard!

Carly Anne said...

Very nice. I've been meaning to do this same thing!


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