Tuesday

A Little Crafty... Build a Memo Board

But not just any memo board, a stainless steel memo board! 
I built this memo board to go next to my stainless fridge, I love it for it's look and it's functionality.  What a great hand-made Christmas gift idea.  Am I right or am I right?

Here is how to make it...
I first purchased the stainless memo board itself from IKEA. Then I visited my friendly neighborhood Home Depot where I choose my molding and had the guy cut it for me to fit around the board, which I brought with me, perfectly.  He was happy to help me :).

I came home and started putting it together.  I used this corner clasp that the Home Depot guy recommended (thanks guy).  It was a life saver.  Then I used a little wood glue and some staples to secure the corners.  I then used caulk to fill in the seams.  However, if I could go back I would use Spackle, because you can sand Spackle and you can't sand caulk.
Then I painted it to match my kitchen cupboards.

I then simply laid the frame over the board (it fit perfectly).   Thanks again Home Depot Guy!

Then, using wood glue, I attached an unused, laminated map (that I just had laying around) to the back in order to ensure that the board and the stay together.  You could also use poster board... but waste not, want not, right?
 Then I cut the map with a razor blade so it was glued to both the molding and the memo board but wasn't visible from the front.
I used my favorite home decorating product ever to hang them, 3M Picture Hangers.  If you haven't tried them you really must.  I love that they don't leave holes in the walls and they are easily repositionable and removable.

Now I use China Markers to write the things I don't need erase (like days of the week) and dry erase markers for everything else.  I even color code it... husband=green, me=red, daughter=pink, etc.  It makes it easy to keep track of what is going on around here.

Did I mention it's magnetic?  There are so many great things you could do with this project!  What will you do?

4 comments:

Joan said...

I LOVE the stainless steel look! It makes it so original & it's just what I've been looking for. I didn't want to pull the regular old cork board or white board. ;) Thanks!!

Kris said...

This is SUCH a great idea! I've been looking around at home for different ideas and this is so creative. I actually stumbled across a great blog that brought up various home decoration ideas on a budget. You might like some of their ideas, too. Either way-- great post and awesome idea!

Shamozal said...

I LOVE it! What a great blog you have. If only we had an IKEA here in Qatar (closest one is Dubai). I'm your newest follower. Kirsty (Shamozal)

ABrooks said...

You could do the same thing with a piece of sheet metal i would think! IKEA is the best though. i just love that there is one right down the street!

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