Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blogger Initiation: Memo Board

There are so many inspirational, creative projects out there in blogland. I used to rely on HGTV and decor magazines for my inspiration, but since discovering blogs, I am overwhelmed by all the incredible talent out there. I have put many of these projects on my to-do list (which is ever-growing!). There are a few projects, in particular, that almost seem like an initiation right into blog-dom: one must attempt a memo board, use blackboard paint (on just about anything), and try glazing/distressing. In my most recent project, I've become initiated in 2 of 3 of these and what fun I had!!

The Project:

Today I tackled a memo board and distressed, glazed frame. I saw Centsational Girl's memo board tutorial and knew it was perfect for what I had in mind. She gives a great step by step tutorial here.

Here is my abbreviated version:

My husband (my hands most certainly aren't quite as hairy!) cut some thin board to size.

I gathered all the tools I would need to tackle the project. I opted for a canvas fabric and simple black ribbon. The frame is quite ornate already, and there is some pattern in the room that the board is going in, so I didn't want the fabric to be too busy.

I placed 2 layers of quilters batting underneath and cut to size.

Using a stapler, I placed numerous staples to hold the batting in place (see? nice, smooth hands =)

I lay out my ribbon to get a general idea of the size of the diamonds, and cut the ribbon to size (with enough length to wrap the ribbon under the board).

As per Centsational Girl's tutorial, I held my tacks with a needle nose plier, and hammered it down with a rubber mallet. Worked like a charm.

I did measure the diamonds to ensure they were all the same size. I didn't trust 'eyeballing' it.

Voila, the board onto the frame (although the board sans frame, is cute also!)

I finally was able to find some Glaze. I asked several paint stores and got funny looks when I asked for it. I wanted to say 'You know, Glaze, like what they're always talking about in blogland?' but I figured they'd really look at me strangely! I got this at Home Depot. One problem I did have, was tinting it. The salesperson really wasn't sure, so I decided to do it on my own at home and customize it for each project. I am ok with the colour of the glaze on the frame, but I think I'll go much darker for my next project. I'm still considering putting a darker layer on this too. It reads a bit orange-ish to me.

The process was easy: Paint it on, rub it off. So there you have it. Now I'm looking around for something to throw blackboard paint this idea from Kari & Kijsa (ohhhhh, how I wish they'd come back-LOVE their blog!!)

Sneak peek into the room which my new memo board is going.....I was hoping to share the final reveal with you sooner, but we had an incident with a 2 year old and spray on sunscreen being completely emptied onto the wall. Who knew it would stain so badly? Get out the paint roller! She's such a monkey!
Linking to my favorite parties!
Thank you to Leanne for inviting me to her party!

Thank you so much to Remodelaholic & Under the Table & Dreaming for featuring another one of my projects!!



The Polka Dot Closet said...[Reply to comment]

I love the memo board, I have one, but I bought it. I know what you mean about blog land, my son calls my virtual friends my invisible friends!


Decorchick! said...[Reply to comment]

I love your memo board!! You did a great job with everything! And I can't believe it, but I haven't even made one yet. Something must be wrong with me. :)

Jennifer said...[Reply to comment]

That turned out great!!!! I'm glad you don't have hairy hands!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...[Reply to comment]

LOVE your new memo board, Andrea! It turned out just great! I LOVE the black and white - so classic! :)

Diann said...[Reply to comment]

It turned out wonderful!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, fabulous. I am hosting a Giveaway on my do drop by!!

Staci J said...[Reply to comment]

Wow!! I LOVE that frame! Thanks for the tut, i want to try this one:)
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Blue Ridge Altered Art said...[Reply to comment]

Great memo board. I love the frame. Very nice job.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...[Reply to comment]

such a pretty memo board! job well done!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...[Reply to comment]

I just love how your memo board came out!! I love the black trim that you used and the frame. I think I may have to make one for my craft room.
And I too have to make one of those sweet blackboards!!

Jessica said...[Reply to comment]

Love this! What a cute blog you have. I love that quote at the top :-)

I'm thinking of making one of these myself, I'll let you know how it turns out!

One Cheap B*tch said...[Reply to comment]

I love, love, love this look! You did a great job!


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...[Reply to comment]

Very cute! Have you done the 'cheese dome turned cloche' part of your initiation yet? :)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

@Suzanne@Meridian Road

ohhhh....I forgot about the whole cloche initiation...good point! =)

Deborah said...[Reply to comment]

Yep, you have forgotten the 'cheese dome turned cloche' part. How can you possibly call yourself a blogger? LOL Love what you did. It looks very elegant. Love the frame you used.

rustandruffles said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea,
Your memo board looks gorgeous.....well done!! I've always wanted to try one of these too!!
Happy day!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...[Reply to comment]

That turned out great!! I love the trim you used, great job!

Pam said...[Reply to comment]

Your memo board is lovely; you did a wonderful job. I really like the softly tufted look. Pam @ Sallygoodin

Jen said...[Reply to comment]

I love your memo board!
So pretty!
Stopping by from Met Mon!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea, Your memo board is simply gorgeous! I love the black ric rack. Fantastic Job! I have featured this today - Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase, I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...[Reply to comment]

You did great, Andrea! I love the detail in that frame!

Leanne said...[Reply to comment]

It looks great and I love the frame. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there. said...[Reply to comment]

That turned out so good. I love black and white!

Leanne said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. I hope to see you at the next party and there will be another giveaway.