Burlap Memo Board and Goodwill finds

Hey people! Sorry for the lack of inspiring posts lately...hopefully this one will help redeem me! I am in that end of pregnancy phase where I feel like I could pop at any moment...even though I still have 5 weeks to go! I am so uncomfortable and SO ready to be done being a human baby grower! Sleep is hard to come by, my tummy is at (what I feel is) MAX CAPACITY, and I'm just emotionally spent! All the while having to nurture and care for and chase around a toddler all day... Lets just leave it at I'M POOPED!!!

Ok on to other non-pregnancy related topics...lol

When we moved into our new place recently I discovered a few things that I had held on to forever that I could totally repurpose into something useful and fitting for our new abode!

Enter my burlap memo board! I had an old memo board that had housed pics from my college days and from when my hubby and I were first dating...as well as magazine clippings and other cheesy things that I no longer cared about. Well I'm sure you all have seen the gorgeous burlap memo boards that Pottery Barn carries that are about a million dollars and TOTALLY easy to create with stuff most of us having lying around the house!

So here's how I did it....
Materials:
~Piece of burlap in any color...just needs to be about two inches bigger all around than your memo board (I got two yards of it in the remnant section of my local fabric store for 2 bucks!!)
~Crusty old cork board....goodwill is a great place to score these...I see them all the time for about a dollar...or you could just look in your garage in that big box labeled "High School" or "College".
~Staple gun and staples
~Cute upholstery tacks. Mine are Oil Rubbed Bronze and were about 2 bucks for 25 of them at JoAnn Fabrics

Step one...remove all high school related paraphernalia from cork board
Step two...lay cork board down on top of burlap and cut around it leaving just enough burlap to stretch and staple to the back...not too tight....you'll see why in a min.
Step three...Once burlap is stapled all around flip that bad boy over and grab your upholstery tacks and hammer
Step four...Start putting your upholstery tacks around the inside of the frame of your cork board and gently hammering them in. The best way to do this I found is to start off with one in each corner....and then put one half way in between each one...and then half way again....and again...until you have enough of them and it looks even. I just eyeballed it...no math calculations here! Or if your a huge perfectionist and want it to look like a showpiece you can buy the strips of nailhead trim (if you can find them) and it'll look super DUPER good. I just personally wanted to use what I had laying around!
Step five....hang on the wall in your kitchen, office, entry way, bedroom (for jewelry of course...duh!), etc. and tack cool stuff to it with leftover upholstery tacks!!
I thought about writing out some french inspired love quotation or something on the burlap, but for now I'm happy with it the way it is.




And now for my Goodwill finds....

So today's finds include...
A SUPER DUPER cutey patootie multi bud vase for $2.00
(looked online when I got home and I saw this exact one for 70.00!!!!)
A blue glass teeny dish that I'm gonna put rings in for $0.50
A yankee candle draft blocker thing for jar candles (these are really expensive if you buy them in the store) for $0.50
An adorable little apothecary jar for my collection for $1.00

And the other pic is just some flowery goodness that I clipped from my yard yesterday! I hope you all have an amazing Memorial Day weekend and if you are married to or related in any way to a veteran...please give them a hug and thank them for their sacrifice for our freedom!

Linking up to SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors

13 comments:

  1. I love the burlap board! Especially the upholstery tacks! I think that was brilliant!
    I, too, have that multi-bud vase!!
    $70 online, you say?
    Mine might have to go to eBay!
    What a lovely rose--like a lovely pregnant Kelsey, that I know :)
    Hugs to you!

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  2. I love the board!!! I think I need to copy that one too!!

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  3. Great board!!! I remember feeling "full capacity" too! Hang in there.
    Bonnie
    P.S. I am glad that you liked the article, lots of great info!!!

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  4. Your burlap board is way cute! What a great idea. Great finds too!

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  5. Just checking in on you! Hope you and baby are hanging in there!

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  6. That burlap board is awesome. Great job. Hang on tight you are so close to the end!

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  7. Just stopping by to say hello and hope you are feeling well and resting before your new angel arrives!
    I thank you for stopping by and chatting at me--i love to see you at my home ;)
    Hugs!

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  8. Love the burlap board! That will look great at my house.
    Tammy

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  9. The burlap covered board looks awesome. That's a great idea. I'm coming over from FunkyJunk.

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  10. Great job! Love it!
    ~Pam
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