Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Magnetic Burlap Memo Board

I got this piece at a garage sale for $1.  Originally it was a mirror and I was intending to keep it that way.  Until I got it into the trunk of my car and realized that some of the mirror “treatment” was flaking off.   Here is the before shot.  

And here you can see the detail of where the mirror was flaking off.   

I saw it and immediately thought I had just spent one dollar on trash.  I’d just have to throw it away when I got home.  One for the “lesson learned” file.  

Well, somewhere between then and now I had a brilliant idea.  Why not try to take the mirror out and see if I can still use this cool frame for another purpose?  I thought about making it into a chalkboard, but had done a chalkboard recently and thought I should try something else.  When I went to the flea market a couple weeks ago I picked up some great burlap sacks (which I forgot to picture on that post).  I was thinking of using them for another project – and still am – but I thought about this frame that I didn’t know what to do with and it came to me to make a burlap memo board.  

After I took out the mirror, I painted the frame with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk (red).  Then I painted over that in a light pink ASCP color, Antoinette.  Once the red color was totally covered and the paint was dry, I used a damp rag to rub off some of the pink paint in places.  It is a fun way of distressing that I've really enjoyed the most, I think.  It gives me freedom to make it look the way I want and I don't get a ton of "scratch" marks from using sand paper.

At first I was going to make it a cork board and use push pins, but I’ve never been a huge fan of push pins, so I decided to make it magnetic.  I bought a piece of sheet metal from The Home Depot and laid the burlap over it, but you could see the metal through it.  After wracking my brain, I came up with an idea.  We have these old, ugly, faded pillowcases on our guest bed that I absolutely hate, but haven’t been willing to replace.  Well, they just so happen to be the perfect color.  So, I cut one of the pillowcases in half and glued the sheet metal to it (which I had already glued to a piece of foam board to help stabilize it) and then wrapped the burlap around the whole thing and glued that down.  

 Now you can’t see the metal and you can’t even tell that there is that thin piece of fabric behind the burlap.  AND, it’s not too thick that magnets won’t stick to it, which is what I was nervous about.  I am not selling this piece (unless someone is REALLY interested in it).  It is going in my daughter’s room which we are slowly changing over from a nursery to a big girl room.  This is the jumping off point along with the pillow I shared with you last week.  I think the memo board looks a little out of place where it is now, but I am not really sure how we're going to arrange the furniture once we're all done and I wanted to get this on  the wall now.  So, there it hangs...for now!

Thanks again for stopping by the blog today.  Sorry about such a long post!  I feel like I want to share my steps and thought process behind the pieces I create, but I don't want my readers to be bored by a long, dragged out post.  So, what do you think?  Should I keep my posts short and sweet or do you like me to explain what's going on in my head?!  Please leave me a comment with YOUR thoughts...and be honest.  I can take it!  :)

I'm linking up to the following blogs to share my project!

Cherished Bliss - Craft and Tell
Today's Creative Blog - Get Your Craft On
Domestically Speaking - The Power of Paint Party
{Primp} - Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Embracing Change - Creative Inspirations
Restore Interiors - Restored it Wednesday
Liz Marie Blog - Link Up With Me, Liz Marie
House of Hepworths - Hookin Up With HoH
Freckled Laundry - {air your laundry friday} Textile Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party


  1. It was a good post Allison! And the picture with Rylan looks like it could be in a magazine!!!

  2. Such a darling idea! LOVE the red tones peeking through the pink. So fleaChic!

  3. This is so adorable! I love the burlap : ) I totally think you should keep explaing your posts! I love knowing how people got to where they were going with their projects : ) I'm sharing your adorable blog on my facebook page. So glad I found you!!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for the compliments and for sharing my blog! That's so sweet of you! :)

  4. You are so creative, Allison! I love your wowk and think it's great to hear your thought process. Hearing someone else's creative process always gets my creative juices flowing, too.

  5. So cute!!! I love the pink with the hints of red. I am so in love with burlap right now so I may steal this idea for my twins room.

  6. That is really cute Allison!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. Flaky mirrors are my favorite but the burlap version looks great too. xo Jami