Children's Art Cork Board

I've been slowly finishing up on a few of my LONG list of things to do. 

The first thing I want to show you is an addition to my toy closet.

Do you remember in my Home Makeover Kitchen Post, I showed you Janda's corkboard she made for her children's artwork? Well, it was there that I was INSPIRED to create my boys a cork board for displaying their artwork & I knew EXACTLY where I wanted it.
 This wall in my toy closet was the perfect place for it!
and guess how much it cost me to make? 
Zero. Zilch. Nada!
I had everything on hand!
The frame is one that I've had in my garage for a while now {I just knew I would find a use for it} 
It use to look like this:
 well, it just had cardboard inside the frame & 
I had these tile cork pieces {they are the peel & stick kind}
I got them from Craft Warehouse a while back
I simply cut them to size and attached them to the cardboard.
Next, using the same green acrylic paint I had used for the leaves on my tree mural, 
I painted the cork board {the color is leaf green}
{YES, you can paint cork boards! How COOL is that?}
and I added some ribbon to hide the seams.
and . . .
I didn't like the black frame in the room, so I painted that too!
First I  did a few coats of white... and I thought that it was a little too white, 
so I wiped some antiquing paint on, and wiped it off before it was dry, 
just to give the frame a little "aged" look
I LOVE this stuff!! I've used it many times on many projects!
Here's a little tip for you: 
While painting, if you're going to leave the paint for a little while
{like an hour or two, I'm not talking days or weeks ;) }
soak the roller or brush in paint, place Saran Wrap over & your paint won't dry out.
Just a little trick I learned from my dad {he's a painter}
 Oh & speaking of paint . . .

Take a look at the chalkboard & the wall underneath it
{the chalkboard is from Joanns}
Well today, I started "transforming" that a bit with some more paint. . .
and I'm anxious to finish it so you can see what it looks like now. . .
Soon it'll be done, so be sure & check back!


  1. That is cool! You did a great job!


    Happy New Year!

  2. It came out great! I especially love the colors you used.

    Happy New Year!

  3. neat project! looks like a fun room!

  4. Hi, I'm new to your blog. Just wanted to say you're such an inspiration for crafting. :-)

  5. Again....another great project by you! I love it!

  6. Great idea!! Love it! Thanks for sharing. I've actually been thinking about making one of these for both of my girls rooms. Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday too!

  7. Beautiful blog-- And love this project!
    Bon @ Drab to Fab

  8. Very cool! I'm still in love with that nook for the kids! I bet they will love having a place to display their art and drawing on the chalk board... Fabulous job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  9. Really great idea. Cork boards are great for so many things. I like that the kids can have a place to put up their art & important school papers.
    Thanks for linking it to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!


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