Friday, February 26, 2010

Before & After: Frame turned Memo Board

While flipping through the Wisteria Catalog, I saw this bad boy and thought, "So Easy To Make!". Instead of spending $39 on a little one, I made my own.

When we moved into the house, there was a few old frames left in the garage (along with a lot of other random things). I used on of the largest frames for this.

It was super dusty and gross, so I cleaned it up then taped it off. There is a cream stripe through the middle of the frame, and I wanted to keep that, so I did two seperate "tapings" so I could spray paint from both sides of the stripe.

 Once the paint was completely dry, I brought it inside, turned on the hot glue gun and grabbed my 99 cent store twine.
  I cut up five pieces of twine.I glued one end of each piece to one side of the back of the frame.
Once the left side was all dry, I glued each opposite end of twine to the right side of the back of the frame. I did it this way for a reason. I was able to keep the twine much more taunt when one end was already glued into place. I could pull it tight while the glue dried. If it is not taunt enough it will droop when you hang things to it.
 Then I just put a bunch of clothes pins to it, and hung it in my kitchen. It holds a few photos and lots of "inspiration images".
I also hung my home-made apron that I sewed a couple years ago. I love it, and it matches my kitchen actaully. It is usually hidden away in a drawer, but now I have a place to hang it. 


While I was taking these photos, I was also in the middle of emptying my dishwasher. I left the door of it open, and forgot. I had my eye in the camera, and backed up right over it. I fell over backwards, lost my slippers, dropped the camera, and landed on a pile of knifes. Luckily I, as well as my dishwasher & camera was not hurt. I was lying on the ground cracking up at my clumbsiness.




  1. Well the pictures were worth it...your home looks like a magazine or catalog! And your frame is SOOOO cute!

  2. This is so cute! Can I post it on my blog? I think I spy something familiar on it!

    I also love your paper wreath and it looks great on the windows.

  3. Super super cute! Need to make one of those for myself!

  4. Oh my gosh!!! I'm glad your ok! The memo frame turned out cute. I've got all the supplies needed here already so I think I might give that a whirl! ;)

  5. Ok I made the frame too!!! I love it so much...its in my entry way outside my kitchen. This project couldn't have come along at a better time because that part of the wall was blank and I was wondering what to put there...plus my fridge was getting crowded. Lol. SO i just transfered all the pics from my fridge to this memo board. You are a rockstar for coming up with this adorable and easy project!

  6. You've inspred me to try on as well! As usual yours is perfect :)

  7. I love the frame! It is the perfect size! I MUST go and find me one! So glad that you were not hurt with your little mishap. I am such a unlucky clutz-I probably would have got a knife stuck in my butt and broke my leg. I can just picture the paramedics coming to the house on that one.
    Thanks as always for the awesome inspiration!

  8. How adorable!
    What a great idea!
    You did a fantastic job!
    Your kitchen is adorable!

  9. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I have a vintage frame that I've just painted in my garage, and had no idea what I was going to do with it....now I know :)


  10. looks like that spot was made for this - love the idea - brings in rustic to soften modern

    and so glad you didn't get hurt :)

  11. Lol, Im glad you are okay! I can just picture you doing that though!

  12. I hope you don't mind, but I referenced your post on my blog....I just had to turn my old frame into one of these great memo boards after seeing your post! Thanks!!


  13. i just had to come back again to look at the cool color combo of the frame, the chicy apron and your kitchen area. i love to gaze upon beauty and this gave me my "fix" again today. thx!

  14. I just laughed so hard from your comment on falling over backward. AT WORK!!!! thanks! :)



  15. LOVE this... I want to go look through my basement to find a big, empty frame!
    if you're interested, we have a friday fun find party- we'd love it if you'd link up this week! :)

  16. Haha! At least I'm not the only clumsy one! Glad you weren't hurt. This frame is adorable! I love the way the color plays off the wall color. I must admit, that wreath caught my eye. Please tell me about it. Thanks!

  17. What a great project!! talk about RRR! I have done the walking-backwards-with-camera-in-hand thing too! Funny! The frame is really great, but the vignette on your table grabbed my attention too! Great job!


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