How to Frame a Corkboard or Chalkboard Using an Antique Picture Frame

This DIY framing guide can be followed for the purposes of framing a chalkboard or a corkboard. Here, we are framing a corkboard but the steps for framing either are same.

Say you find a frame at an antique store, garage sale or a flea market that you want to use. You can reuse it for a chalkboard or corkboard! We are reusing a picture frame that we have in the plant, so first we will show how to remove the points that are already in the back of the frame.

Lay the picture frame face down on a clean surface.

place picture frame face down

Here is our wood frame, complete with points, which are securing the existing artwork into the back of the frame.

use the PullMate to remove existing points

Using the PullMate Point Remover, secure the point by fitting it in the opening of the tool.

pull straight back to remove points

Pull straight back and the point should come with it! Continue pulling out all the points until they are gone.

framing materials

Now we have our materials: the corkboard and the picture frame.

You will also need:

Point Driver (or other method for securing the artwork) and points
ATG tape
Knife or dust cover paper trimmer

insert corkboard into the frame

Insert the piece of corkboard face down into the frame.

view of frame from the back

It should look like this from the back.

insert new points using a point driver

Using a point driver, insert points around the perimeter of the frame. If you want to see more about how to use a point driver see this video demonstration.

There are also other options for securing your corkboard in place such as: wire brads or glazing points. We discuss those two methods in a previous blog post.

view of the frame from the front

Here’s what it looks like from the front. Add a dust cover backing and wire to finish it off.

apply ATG tape to the back of the frame

Apply ATG tape around the back lip of the frame like so.

place frame on top of Kraft paper

Put the Kraft paper down on your working surface and place the back side of the frame on top of it.
Make sure the Kraft paper is slightly larger than the picture frame. The excess will be trimmed off next.

use a knife to cut off extra paper

If using a knife, keep slightly angled toward the inside so that the paper won’t be seen when viewed from the front. 

use dust cover paper trimmer for easier trimming

You can also use a dust cover paper trimmer which glides along the edge of the frame and cuts the paper slightly on the inside of the edge of the frame like so:

dust cover paper trimmer

Next, it’s time to add wire to the back of the frame.

add wire to the back of the frame

To add wire, mark a spot for each hanger about 1/4 down from the picture frame’s top and fasten with screws. Cut the wire 1 ½ x the width of the frame and thread through the hanger holes. Bend wire on itself at each end and twist to secure.

Now you have a beautiful and functional corkboard or chalkboard to hang on your wall. How easy!

For related posts, see these articles:

Framing Artwork between Two Pieces of Acrylic
How to Frame a Canvas with a Canvas Floater
Wiring an Oversized Wood Frame
Instagram Picture Frames: How-to Tutorial
DIY Picture Framing Tips: The Proper Way to Back a Wood Frame
Custom Framing a 3-D Fish Between Two Pieces of Acrylic
Framing Artwork with a Wood Frame: When to Use a Point Driver

AubreyK | 9/24/2014 2:13:10 PM | 4 comments
American Frame

Yes! or a home office!
9/26/2014 3:47:26 PM

American Frame
It's always fun to repurpose something!
9/26/2014 3:40:42 PM

Perfect for a dorm room!
9/26/2014 2:30:23 PM

Check out those garage sales for old frames that need to be re-used. Great bargains!
9/26/2014 1:58:24 PM

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Mike Cromly
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