Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Message Center {from a repurposed crate lid}

Meet our new message center.

This little beauty was made from a crate lid that Eric's boss was going to throw away (crazy people!). Thank goodness both his boss and mine are getting used to us collecting their trash. They've actually started asking us if we want stuff before trying to throw it away now! :)

Here is the message center before we did anything to it.
Just a plain, old crate lid. But loaded with potential!

I knew right away that is was completely perfect to make into a multi-purpose center for organizing notes and memos. 

The first thing I did was paint the chalkboard area. Then I painted the frame in Coco ASCP™ and gave it a dry-brush coat of old white, just to add a little more texture. I put on a coat of both clear and dark aging wax, then added cork to the bottom inset. 

I also knew I wanted some pegs or hooks on the bottom.
(In my house, there's always a need to hang up more stuff!)

Awhile back my boss had given me a coffee can full of miscellaneous hardware. Actually, he gave me 3 coffee cans full. I pulled these black knobs, if that's what you call them, out of the coffee can o'junk, made some measurements, drilled some holes and attached these to the bottom of the crate lid. 

The message center was certainly coming together nicely. But it felt like it was missing something. So, I got out another coffee can. This one was full of plastic-covered magnetic cabinet door latches. It's also the very same can my boss said "you don't want this junk" about. Well, thank goodness I DID want that junk! Because those cabinet magnets certainly came in handy! 

I took the metal pieces out of the plastic casings then used gorilla glue and clamps to attach them onto the top of the board. After they were dry, I pounded some great dark carpet tacks into the existing holes in the magnets.

I love the way this magnetic strip turned out!
The colors of the metals are great with the coco chalk paint.
Next, I cut some burlap and attached it to the inside of a few bottle caps, that had already been spray painted ivory, and glued magnet buttons to the backs.

I think these are the perfect little accessory for this piece! :) 

I had purchased some pulls for this project because I really wanted to add these to the piece. Normally, we don't purchase anything. I suppose that every now and again it's ok. :)


The pulls came with screws that were too short. No problem. I went to the hardware store and bought longer screws. I even measured the depth of the wood before going so I would get the correct length. So much for my measuring skills! lol. The screws I purchased were still too short!

Man, was I bummed. I really wanted to finish this project and get some photos of it over the weekend, not have to make another trip to the store for more screws. 


I got so fed up and irritated with myself about the lame-brain screw fiasco that I got the drill out, used my largest bit and, goll-darn it, if I didn't counter-sink those screws in the back of the board and get those pulls on after all! And all by my sweet little self, I might add! 

Hooray for me!
I just might be getting the hang of this handy {wo}man stuff after all! 
(But I'm still gonna leave the cutting and sawing to Eric.
I want to keep all of my fingers attached to my hand, after all!)

Hope you like the new message center!


Sharing...
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62 comments:

  1. LOVE this...so creative and cute! Definitely Pin Worthy!!! Blessings ~ Judy

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    1. Thanks so much Judy. You've made my afternoon. :)

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  2. Love, love, love this! Great job!

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  3. So creative and inspirational! Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check it out! :)

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  4. I love its rustic feel and look! You did an awesome job!

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  5. This turned out fabulous!!! Love love love it- great job!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  6. Way to go! I have had the same kinds of things happen with me. One trip to the store is too many, two is out of the question. Glad you made it work. It's really cute. I had a cool heavy wood lid I got off a crate at the side of the road, but I finally chucked it when I needed space. :( Wishin' I still had it right about now.
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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    1. I totally agree about 2 trips to the store! Lol. As for throwing your crate lid out, I usually end up having regrets about anything I throw out. But, I don't want to be a total pack rat either! :) Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. This is a great idea. I love your message center.
    Ruth

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  8. What a wonderful project made (almost) all from 'garbage'! It must be great to have 2 sources for a lot of your junk.
    Saw you sharing at It's Party Time.
    Debbie :)

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    1. Thank you Debbie! And, yes, we have some great resources to tap at our jobs and some wonderful friends who always have their eye open for us too. :)

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  9. Denise, this is so awesome and creative!!! I love it. Love the chalk holder handles. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! So glad to have you party with us! Have a wonderful week. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. It means so much to hear you say that. Thanks so much, Kathy!

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  10. Very cute! I like the idea of using the handles to hold the chalk! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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  11. I featured your message center on my facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445057058896508&set=a.232530000149216.51425.118325881569629&type=1

    Cheri

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    1. That is so awesome! Thank you very much for featuring our project!

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  12. What a great tutorial! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thank you for the invite! I'll link up in a bit. :)

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  13. I love it! Ours has seen better days and I need to make another - love how yours turned out. Thanks so much for linking up to ITS Party Time, hope to see you back next week. I'll be sharing this on Facebook tomorrow! HUGS, Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

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    1. I appreciate that so much! It means a lot to me that you like our project enough to feature it on your page! This is super news! :)

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  14. Great idea! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Happy to join that party. Thanks so much for hosting it!

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  15. I LOVE this project! Repurposing is so awesome and you such a great job!

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    1. Thank you very much Mindi! We try to use as much 'junk' as we can find. lol

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  16. great project! love how your message board turned out.
    gail

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    1. Thank you Gail. I appreciate you coming by to look and leave a comment.

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  17. Really neat idea!!! Love the chalk boards:) Pinned!
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/flourless-knockout-ninja-brownies.html

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    1. Ooh, i love it when one of my things get pinned. :) I'll be sure to stop by to check out your blog in a bit! Thanks!

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  18. An awesome creation!!! Thanks for sharing at Junkin Joe...featuring today : ) hugs!

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  19. So clever, so cute and functional! Great idea,Denise. Love it!

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  20. Your message board is fantastic! Way to rock the "junk!" Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Your comment really made me smile! Thanks so much for hosting the party so i can share. So much fun!

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  21. What were they thinking to through such a prize out?! I'm so glad you rescued it. Its just the cutest message board. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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    1. I know! It's amazing how many things the 2 of us rescue from work! Thanks for checking it out and for the nice words. :)

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  22. Very creative! It looks great and so functional.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  23. Fabulous upcycle Denise!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Pretty Things this week :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Can't wait to share again this week! :)

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  24. Newest follower here, I found your blog through the blog hop! You have a wonderful blog, I can't wait to read more.

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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    1. Thanks Melanie. How nice of you to say! I'm checking out your blog right now. :)

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  25. I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Love this message center!
    Kim

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    1. That's awesome Kim! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You've definitely brightened up my day! :)

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  26. This is fantastic - you definitely saw its potential and made it wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Happy to share and so thankful you host the party!

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  27. I am so glad that your hubby's boss knows that you love junk! I am a junkster myself. Great use of the crate. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Yes, we are lucky to have some great resources! Thank you so much for featuring us this week! We're so excited. :)

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  28. This is such a great idea. I love the spots for the chalk. I'd love for you to come link up to our party where we can show off all of our old or new projects! :)
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