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Make a DIY Cork Topped Coffee Table!


Hey, hey, TT&J readers! I’m so excited to be back sharing another fun DIY project with you! I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I LOVE repurposing old things into fun and somewhat unconventional new things. Call me crazy, but I just like things that are unique, and I absolutely love taking something old and giving it a new life. Well, this project is all about taking two old things that have already been given new lives, and giving them yet another life.


Quite a while back, I took an old window and turned it into a cork board using wine corks from a local restaurant. No, I did not save all of these corks myself, I asked a friend that owns a restaurant near my home to save their corks for me, and they were kind enough to do so. Well, that cork board sat on my desk until we decided to move the desk into one of our children’s rooms. I didn’t think it was necessarily appropriate for one of the kiddos to have a wine cork bulletin board in their room, so the cork board window had no place to live.


Enter the sweet little trunk that my husband made in shop class when he was in highschool.

After years of hiding the trunk under a blanket at the end of our bed, I decided to paint it white and distress it a bit. Since then, it’s been used as a side table, toy chest, and most recently as a coffee table. The only problem, it’s falling apart…that poor trunk has taken a beating. So, one day, as I was moving some things around our living room, I sat the wine cork board on top of the trunk/coffee table for a moment while I moved something else, and you know what? That cork board fit the top of the trunk perfectly! Like they were just meant to be!


And…it’s so unique and just cool looking! No need for coasters, no worry about smudge marks, those corks can handle just about anything!


And the best thing of all? No-one has the same coffee table. Nobody! You could totally do this to anything…simply hot glue some corks to the top of an old table, tray, or even an old window like me.

Totally think outside of the box! I’m thinking a cork backsplash would be the coolest thing ever!

Thank you so much for having me here again! I hope you will stop by for a little visit over in my neck of the woods šŸ˜‰


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Isn’t that awesome? I love the natural colors of the corks with the white coffee table.Ā 

And I love that your husband made it in high school woodshop class. That is such a great way to keep something that is sentimental and meaningful.

And I was so thrilled to meet Jessica yesterday in real life at the SNAP conference.

She is just as awesome in real life as I knew she would be.

Here are a few other great ideas from Mom 4 Real:Ā 

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Washi Tape Banner Tutorial

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Stenciled Milk Bottles

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Reusable Birthday Banner

Be sure to check out Mom 4 Real and all of Jessica’s fun ideas!

Have a Beautiful Day!


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  1. What a great idea! Love it Jessica. Just found an old ottoman on the curb. May have to try a version of this!

  2. Woo hoo looks like Aussie wine represents – I see lots of little kangaroos! I love a little cork art – I use a loose cork to stab my studs into, way easier than pushing them through the mesh I use for the dangley ones.

  3. Jess, you are the most clever, creative EVAH!! Love this! It looks fantastic!

  4. Ahh.. That coffee table is so adorable! What a good idea!! : )


  5. Awesome trunk! I love the wine cork ideas – will pin (and start saving corks!).. :-)

  6. kpquepasa says:

    The table top idea is amazing! No more coasters or being the caster harpy to my husband!
    Have you ever thought about slicing them so you have a whole bunch of little cork circles? I think that’s how I’d like to try it (less corks to save to cover a space :)

  7. I liked it as a corkboard on the wall, but I LOVE it as a table top! great thinking! Great job!

  8. Oh wow, that cork window is AMAZING! If I were a drinker, I’d be saving them from our travels but I think my SIL has a big barrel full of them so I’m passing the project on to her.