Sunday, April 25, 2010

Memo board with a twist

A few weeks ago, I saw a wonderful idea for creating a memo board out of an old window that Cottage Charm and Family Inspiration showed by linking up to The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday. Now if you followed that confusing sentence...On her blog, she showed the old window she'd used as the frame for her memo board, and then I thought of the old windows in my garage...

I didn't have one exactly like hers~ hers was one with a sash in the middle~ but I did find this:

I've had this for years, since finding it at a garage sale, but hadn't done anything with it. (With the exception of putting it in the garage.)

Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to get you going! :) I removed the "window" part of it, and set that aside for another project. I found that the other part made a perfect "window" frame for my memo board. Now, the blogger I was inspired by used bead board on the top with an amazing free hand drawing, and burlap covered with chicken wire on the bottom. I did mine a little different...

It needed a coat of paint first. Then I used smooth, thin birch plywood found at Lowe's (about 1/4 inch thick) and painted the top half with chalkboard paint, then covered the lower half with white linen (a personal favorite!). I covered the bottom part with chicken wire and nailed it to the "frame", and added the decorative trim to the middle. (I found that Jo-Ann's Fabrics has quite a nice selection of trim, but the prices were more expensive...I couldn't say no, however, to the scalloped pattern!)

I have it here on the vanity I am painting. The top is done, but I still need to finish the rest! But does that stop me from decorating on it? :) (No way!) I will put sweet glass knobs on it when I am finished!

This is the same part of the room I showed you a while back when I posted on completing my board and batten project. Now the corner is happily decorated, and I am hanging up the curtains tomorrow. (I love the ones I found, and even more, I love the price I paid for them! Oh, how I love IKEA!)

Well, that is all for me tonight!
Thank you for coming by for a visit! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday! :)



Sky said...

I love it! Don't you just looooove chicken wire? You are so lucky that you have an Ikea near you. I haven't yet been to one and am chompin' at the bit to get there. The closest one is 2 1/2 hours away (ugh) Happy Monday dear Miss Jenni :)

trish said...

Hi Jenni.
Your memo board turned out so cute!
You really did a nice job. :o)
And I love your little corner!
I am having a little give a way this morning and would love to have you come along too. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia
Ps. The quote on your blog touched my heart.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Jenni! You really made my day! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment...I'm soooooo happy I got to inspire you. Your board looks totally amazing!!!

About Southern Belle said...

I {adore} your memo board! So, so cute! Love it!

Darlene said...

Hi Jenni,

Your memo/chalk board is WONDERFUL!!! I love it and you did a great job on it! I'm so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. It IS good. Enjoy your day.♥

Amy S. said...

Everything looks so cute! And I love the idea you told me about the other night. You definitely have a gift for decorating!

Junkie Junkeldorf said...

This is very cute and creative. I like it a lot.

Angie said...

So so so cute! I love this whole area. You make me want to have more white and cottagey stuff in my house when I look at your blog!

Anonymous said...

It turned out so cute! You did a great job!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That whole corner looks so great! What a wonderful project - love the chicken wire.

I know, I love IKEA too. They really have such amazingly pretty and stylish things for such good prices. One of my favorite places to shop.

Can't wait to see which curtains you got!