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Magnetic Memo Board Upcycle

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Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

Hey, thanks for stopping by!  If you need a calendar to help you stay organized, we have a wonderful up-cycle project to share with you today with our Magnetic Memo Board.  I found this inexpensive metal tray at the antique mall and thought this would be perfect for a  up-cycle.

 

Project Details:

Metal Tray

I considered painting the tray, but then I found some cool patterned napkins and decided to try my hand at Mod Podge.  I knew the dark color would show through the napkins, so I spray painted the entire tray white. The outside edges received an extra coat.  The center would be painted with chalk paint, so I wasn’t really concerned with the coverage of the white paint there.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

To apply the napkins, I first painted one side of the tray top and under the lip of the backside with Mod Podge.  Then I carefully laid the napkin on,   Using a paint brush and water, I smoothed out the wrinkles as I went until I covered the 4 sides of the tray.  Then I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge over all the sides being careful not to cover the middle section of the tray.   In hindsight, I should have covered the rounded edges first, but I think it turned out okay anyway.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

After the Mod Podge dried overnight, I used a metal ruler and a razor blade and I trimmed off the excess napkins.

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.
Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

Tape the sides and spray paint the center with chalkboard paint.

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

It took 3 light coats of the chalk paint to cover and it gave me a nice smooth finish.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

Allow it to dry overnight.   I used a white paint pen and drew on lines for a calendar.   I used a ruler to measure the distance between my lines and I used a piece of foam board as my straight edge to draw the lines.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

After the lines were drawn on, I used a piece of chalk to prime the chalkboard.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

To finish off this project, I used Bistro Chalk Markers to fill in the calendar Month and numbers for the days.    I attached magnets to the back of some scrabble tiles I had and then painted them colors of my daughters choice.   She can use these scrabble magnets to easily attach memos to her board.

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

Using E6000 glue, I attached a wall hanger to the back of the board.   Finished!

 

Nothing helps you stay organized like a memo board. Here's how to easily DIY your own magnetic memo board using an old metal tray from a thrift store.

This was such an easy project and I’m happy to use the Mod Podge that has been sitting in my craft supply box for years!  The best news is my Daughter will be happy to hang and use this in her new apartment!

 

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41 Comment

  1. Beverly Roderick
    July 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I love it! It's so colorful and cheery! Using the Scrabble tiles is a great idea for this!

    1. Laurie
      July 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Beverly! I've had the Scrabble tiles for a long time, it was time to put them to use!

    2. Beverly Roderick
      July 27, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday! I think I depleted my stash of old Scrabble tiles when I made Christmas ornaments-might be time to find some more.

    3. Laurie
      July 27, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Always delighted to share on Snickerdoodle Sunday!! The tiles do make great magnets!

  2. WDWTravelTips
    July 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    This is such a great idea! So cute!

    1. Laurie
      July 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you! Appreciate the comment!

  3. The Seana Method
    July 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Using the Scrabble tiles is so clever. My grandmother had a set of tv tray tables with this same pattern. Love you creativity!

    1. Laurie
      July 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Funny, I think my grandmother did too! Must have been a popular pattern back in the day 🙂
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave such a nice comment!

  4. Bernadyn Nettles
    July 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Nice, this looks great and love that it's upcycled. Pinned and stopping by from Oh My Heartsie Girl WW 🙂

    1. Laurie
      July 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

      Thank you for the pin! Enjoyed being a part of Oh My Heartsie Girl WW!

  5. Crochet Hooks
    July 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    ohhh love this upcycle! you can never have too many chalkboard items around and this tray turned memo board is perfect! I really need to hit the yard sales and find some scrabble pieces! Brilliant! thanks for shairng with us at Snickerdoodle. If you get a chance, would love you to share with us at our upcycle challenge link party: http://2crochethooks.com/july-craft-challenge-something-from-nature-4/

    1. Laurie
      July 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks! I love the scrabble pieces too. I'll be happy to share on the upcycle challenge!

    2. Crochet Hooks
      July 31, 2015 at 1:12 am

      appreciate it 🙂 I am on the hunt for spare tiles 🙂 with luck I will find some!

    3. Laurie
      July 31, 2015 at 6:01 am

      I think I ordered mine on line because I had a hard time locating any.

  6. Alicia@ Eco friendly Homemaking
    July 31, 2015 at 2:07 am

    This is such a great idea! It turned out looking great and I love how you used the napkins on the sides.

    1. Laurie
      July 31, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Thank you! I was worried that the napkins might not work, but they really turned out nice!

  7. Jan
    August 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I LOVE THIS! I would be thrilled if you came over and joined us at Country Fair Blog Party, a once a month link up and you shared a few of your posts with us! We'd love to have you!
    Jan @ Tip Garden
    http://www.thetipgarden.com/2015/08/country-fair-blog-hop-august-15.html

    1. Laurie
      August 5, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you so much Jan! I'd love to be a part of the Country Fair Blog Party and will be over to post soon! Thank you for the visit and for the invite! Have a great week.

  8. Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been
    August 2, 2015 at 2:38 am

    This is such a clever transformation! I never would have thought to convert an old metal tray into a magnetic chalkboard calendar, but this is awesome! And great idea mod podging napkins along the edge….you can't even tell it's not high-end fabric! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday and we hope you'll join us again next week! 🙂

    1. Laurie
      August 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Thank you Christine! I always enjoy being a part of Merry Monday.

  9. Kimberly Lewis
    August 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Laurie
      August 5, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Thanks Kimberly! Appreciate the pin and the tweet! Love linking up with the Lou Lou Girls!

  10. Sherry Nappa
    August 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I never think to do things like this, but I love it so. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Your memo board is featured at this week's party.

    1. Laurie
      August 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you Sherry! I'm delighted to be featured at Funtastic Friday!

  11. Val
    August 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Very cute! I had no idea there was chalk board spray paint! Stopping over from the Country Fair Blog Party!

    1. Laurie
      August 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you Val – appreciate the visit!

  12. Laurie - Country Link
    August 9, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Thank you for joining the fun at the Country Fair Blog Party!! We are so glad to have you and I love this great project.
    Laurie – Co-Host

    1. Laurie
      August 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks Laurie! I enjoyed being a part of the Country Fair Blog Party! So many great link-ups!

  13. Joanne T Ferguson
    August 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing at the Say G'day Party! Pinned and look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

    1. Laurie
      August 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you Joanne! Enjoyed being a part of the Say G'day Party!

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    August 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

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    1. Laurie
      August 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Welcome! Thank you very much for the visit today.

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    August 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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    1. Laurie
      August 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you for the visit and your nice comment. The tray was really pretty easy to put together.

  16. Kathleen Aherne
    April 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Now there is a wonderful idea and how nice that your daughter loves it. How creative using things that you already had.

    1. Laurie
      April 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Kathleen! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

  17. Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    April 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This is such a creative, and fun way to repurpose an old tray! It is so adorable and useful and I'm sure your daughter can't do without it!

    1. Laurie
      April 25, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Thanks so much Gail!

  18. Wendy S
    April 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Goodness, Laurie, where do you get your ideas? I don't think I would every have looked at that tray and thought "memo board"! What a neat way to use it. I'm so glad your daughter likes it, too. And I'm glad to know that the bottle of mod podge that has been sitting on my shelf may not be too old to use after all these years. 😉

    1. Laurie
      April 25, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Thanks Wendy!

  19. Darlene Nemeth
    April 25, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Hi Laurie, this looks like a fun project. You got to use Mod Podge, chalk paint, magnets, scrabble pieces …. And it's useful. Thanks for sharing. Pinning. Best wishes, Darlene

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