Shabby Chic Memo Board

Lately, I’ve found that there is too much purple in my craft room.  Geez, I never thought I’d ever say that.  I’ve found that by having color in the room, it distracts me when I’m creating.  I’ve been slowly changing the items that are colored & replacing them with white.  Here’s one of the first projects that I changed.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

When I started to decorate my craft room, I was adding touches of purple & lilac everywhere.  One of the first projects was to decorate memo boards.  I’m a very visual person & I like to have my sketches & swatches for projects where I can see them.  To see how I changed a plain wood & cork Walmart memo board into the purple one, go here.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

To change it, first I removed the lilac fabric & then painted the frame using white acrylic paint.  It took 2 coats.  When the paint had dried, I added some white brocade fabric.  (have to have my roses)

Shabby Chic Memo Board

I reused the silver ribbon to hold the fabric in place using push pins pressed into the cork side.  First I made a crisscross design with the ribbon.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

Then I added ribbon in a diamond shape.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

I could have used plain white push pins to do this, but that’s just not me.  I needed to add a little something to them.  I painted them with silver glitter acrylic paint.  When that dried, I added a coat of silver hologram glitter nail polish.  Just enough sparkle without going over the edge.

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I added some cream pearl trim to the frame with hot glue.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

Then I added a bow to the top center of the frame.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

And some bows with trailing tails to the corners of the frame.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

The bows looked a little plain, so I added some pretty buttons to the bows.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

Since I used the buttons on the bows, I decided to make some button magnets.  I gathered up my pearl & glass buttons & chose some of my favorites.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

I used a 1″ circle punch to make the base of the magnets from some left over poster board.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

Then I glued some round magnets to the circles.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

I turned the magnet over & began to stack buttons on to the poster board circles using hot glue.

Shabby Chic Memo Board

I had some magnetic pencil/pen holders that I’d used on the purple version of the memo board.  I wanted to use them on this board, but the color was more than I could handle.  Using white acrylic paint & a lot of patients, I painted them white.

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I decorated the pen holder to match my craft caddy.

To see how I made the craft caddy out of empty Crystal Light containers, go here.

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The finished Shabby Chic Memo Board:

Shabby Chic Memo Board

What a difference a little paint & fabric can make.

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I liked it so much that I decided to change the large memo board, too!

Before

Shabby Chic Memo Board

After (holding some of my current project pieces)

Shabby Chic Memo Board

Happy Creating everyone!

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