As the leaves continue to fall and the nights
start to chill, we all like to get a little more
organized in the fall. And when you live
in a small space like I do, it is great to have
things that do more than one job. To help
with organizing the work space I overhauled
a vintage frame into a message center and I
created two different ways to use it all in one.
It all started with an empty frame that had been passed down in the family. I measured and cut a piece
of board to fit into one half of the frame. This would be the chalkboard side. The board I used was
leftover from the bottom of a dresser drawer and was lightweight but sturdy enough to use as a
chalkboard. I sprayed several thin coats of chalkboard paint on the cut board, letting each coat dry
before proceeding with the next.
The next step was to fit some foam core board for the second half of the frame.
To transform the foam board I wrapped it in batting and fabric to make a cushioned pin board.
I used a hot glue to secure the fabric and batting. I found the foam core at my local dollar store.
Once the chalkboard was finished and the cushioned pin board was done it was time
to secure them both into the frame. I used a staple gun on the back side of the frame as seen below.
Then you can clean up the back and make it look more professional by hot gluing brown paper
over the back side of the frame. Next time you're in the grocery checkout, ask for paper bags.
At this point the message center was done and usable,
but I added a couple more optional things to mine.
An overturned cup/bin pull to hold chalk and push pins
criss crossed rope with upholstery tacks
Hang it up in your work space and enjoy!