How To Make A Magnetic Memo Board From A Thrift Store Tray

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Hi!  Welcome back to my favorite challenge.  The Thrift Store Upcyle Challenge.  I have a great project this time.  I am showing you how to create a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray!  

 

 

These trays are great for many things so I try not to pass them by at the thrift stores even when they look this bad. Come see how I turned this thrift store tray into a farmhouse style magnetic memo board. #farmhousestyle #memoboard #organization #diy - www.michellejdesigns.com

The Thrift Store Challenge

 

 

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | Domestically Creative
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Marie | DIY Adulation
Lynne | My Family Thyme – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Denise | My Thrifty House – Florence | Vintage Southern Picks
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Yami | The Latina Next Door
Pili | My Sweet Things – Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

 

DIY Magnetic Memo Board

Wooden Tray – I got mine at a thrift store

Rustoleum Black Spray Paint/Primer

Latex Paint – Color of Your Choice

HomeRight Paint Sprayer

Sanding Block

Cork Sheet or Tiles

Burlap – I got mine at JoAnn’s

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Hardware Cloth

Sharpie

Gloves

Tin Snips

Twine

Magnets

Mini Clothespins

Let’s Get Started

This is how my tray started out.  It was pretty hideous.

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Start by spraying the entire tray black using the Rustoleum spray paint/primer.  I like to do this so I can distress the final paint color and have the black show through.  I have done this on many projects including this red telephone table.  It works nicely.

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When the black paint is dry either brush on or use the HomeRight paint sprayer for a nice, smooth finish.

Normally I wouldn’t break out the paint sprayer for this small job but it just so happened I was painting a little vanity chair at the same time.  I love the sprayer and use it a lot.

I used a teal/gray color.   When it was dry I lightly distressed it with a sanding block.

Adding “The Insides” To Your DIY Memo Board

By the “insides” I mean the cork, fabric and hardware cloth.  I wanted my DIY memo board to have a farmhouse look and I wanted to be able to use magnets so the hardware cloth was perfect.  Plus I already had all of these items.

Cut a piece of the cork sheet slightly smaller than the inside of the tray.  This will leave some room to wrap the burlap and the hardware cloth around the edges of the cork.

I had this fun burlap with a french design and I thought it was perfect.

 

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Cut a piece of fabric big enough to wrap around the cork board piece and use the hot glue gun to adhere it to the front of the cork first.

 

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Then glue the edges down on the back of the cork.  Be careful.  This stuff is HOT!

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Preparing The Hardware Cloth

Measure the hardware cloth to the size you need to be able to cover the front and create a “bend” that will wrap around the edge of the cork board.

Mark your cut lines with a sharpie and use the tin snips to cut.  Be sure to wear some gloves.

After you have your piece cut use a straight edge of some kind to bend the edges up.  I like to use a piece of scrap wood.  Here is an example of bending the wire.  This was for a different project but is the same process.

Line up the piece of wood or straight edge where you would like to bend the hardware cloth.  Use a second piece of wood or something to push the wire up to create a bend.

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The piece for the memo board was a small 3/8 inch bend so I used my hand with the glove on to bend the wire.

This is how it fit over the cork board and fabric.

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The next step was to hot glue the cork into the tray.  Then I just tucked any stray wires down.  It was a tight fit but that is how I wanted it to be.

It worked out great!

 

 

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

The farmhouse, romantic look is so fun to create and still very popular. I created a magnetic memo board from a thrift store tray that has this fun farmhouse look. #organize #farmhousestyle #memoboard - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

These trays are great for many things so I try not to pass them by at the thrift stores even when they look this bad. Come see how I turned this thrift store tray into a farmhouse style magnetic memo board. #farmhousestyle #memoboard #organization #diy - www.michellejdesigns.com 

 

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


Thank you for stopping by!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. Angela at Simply Beautiful By

    Michelle this is so awesome! I really like the texture of the wire over the pretty burlap. So pretty!

    22 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Angela. Thanks so much. I love the way it turned out. I gave to a friend and she loved it too.

      22 . 03 . 2018
  2. Yami | The Latina Next Door

    This turned out so cute! I love the Hardware cloth idea! I need to figure out a way to try this myself! Great Transformation!

    22 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Thank you. I have used that hardware cloth for a couple of different projects and it always seems to work out nicely. We are going to make our cats a “catio” this spring and we will be using it instead of screen due to their claws. I think it will be perfect!

      22 . 03 . 2018
  3. Jenny

    This looks amazing! I loVe the color and the farmhouse look. Magnetic boards Are the best.

    22 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Thank you Jenny. It was a really fun project.

      22 . 03 . 2018
  4. Amanda @ Domestically Creative

    I love the way you transformed this tray! Sucha a great idea to turn it into a little memo board, and the paper you used looks great with the blue!

    22 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amanda. This is one of my favorite colors. I just couldn’t resist is on this little memo board.

      22 . 03 . 2018
  5. Florence @ Vintage Southern Picks

    That is soo cute! Love the fabric you used & it looks familiar…I think I might have a piece of that too. I love the creative way you used it and the hardware cloth. That is both a pretty and a practical tray!

    22 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Florence. Thank you so much. I love this fabric too. I have used it in several projects and am now down to the scraps. I think it may be time to replenish. LOL!

      23 . 03 . 2018
  6. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Love it! Neat use of chicken wire for a farmhouse look. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    23 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Thank you Victoria. I love this hardware cloth for lots of different things. It is sort of fun!

      23 . 03 . 2018
  7. Toni

    This is perfect Michelle, that country TRAy is updated Beautifully and now perfect for your office. I’d never thought to use hardware cloth for magnets but it’s brilliant!

    23 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Toni! Thank you. I love this memo board and it was a fun one to create. I have used the hardware cloth a couple of times and I like it a lot.

      23 . 03 . 2018
  8. Deborah

    Where’s my APplause EMOJI when I need it? BRAVO Looks fab!!!

    23 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Deborah! That is awesome. I love the applause emoji! LOL! Thanks for your kind words. This was a fun one.

      23 . 03 . 2018
  9. leanna

    This is a great upcycle because is different and oh so farmhouse. this basic technique/idea can be used on a larger frame for my back entrance. loving this idea Pinning.

    25 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Thank you Leanna and thanks for pinning. A large magnetic memo board would be super fun!

      27 . 03 . 2018
  10. Debrashoppeno5

    I love everything about this. It must be so handy to have and it is so ingenious.

    28 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Debra. Thanks so much. I gave it as a gift and she just loved it!

      29 . 03 . 2018
  11. Susan

    It never occurred to me that something as simple as hardware cloth would make a great background for a magnetic board. I’m going to have to add this to my “to craft” list!

    29 . 03 . 2018
    • Michelle

      Hi Susan. The hardware cloth ended up working out so nicely! You should definitely get some and try it on different projects. Thanks so much!

      30 . 03 . 2018

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