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Repurpose Old Memory Board Into Farmhouse Wall Decor
Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment unitl it becomes a memory.
Memory boards have been quite popular over the past few years, but we see them popping up more and more when we’re out thrifting. When we see an abundance of something at the thrift store, that means it’s a good time to find it a new purpose.
Thankfully, our amazing contributor Christina, from Christinafayerepurposed.com, is sharing how to repurpose an old memory board into a pretty farmhouse wall decor piece.
Here Christina to share her repurposed project:
I am so happy to be here again sharing another one of my DIY crafts! (Did you see some of the others? Upcycled Chair Stool Seat, Upcycled Chip Paintbrush Wreath, and Farmhouse Thrift Store Tray Makeover)
I love yard sales just as much as thrift stores. They are especially fun when the temperatures are cool. There are always great finds, and most of the time, prices are very negotiable!
While visiting a neighborhood yard sale, I came across this memory board. It was $2.50. There were several small holes in the burlap, so I decided to try and negotiate a lower price. I asked if they would take $1.50, and they agreed.
It sat in my studio for almost two weeks. One day, I decided to remove the damaged burlap and see what was underneath.
To my surprise, it was a rather thick piece of cardboard material. I wanted to create a unique piece of wall décor for my master bedroom. Before I asked the Hubs to construct a frame, I wanted to make sure that I did not have an old frame that would work.
I rummaged through my stash and came upon this one…
I found this awhile back at Goodwill for $3.99. It was a 31” long x 25” wide frame. The cut-out on the back of the frame was for a 24” x 18” picture, and that was the exact size of my memory board.
The memory board piece fit into the back of the frame perfectly. I did not have to make any adjustments, how lucky is that!
(Salvage Tip– You may not have a frame in your stash that fits perfectly. If you don’t you can either build a frame using scrap wood or you can do this project without a frame as well.)
FARMHOUSE WALL DECOR SUPPLIES NEEDED:
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- Old Memory Board
- Dollar Store Doilies
- Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Manatee Gray/Paintbrush
- Adhesive Spray
- Wooster Silvertip Paintbrush
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Craft Paint
- The first order of business was to paint the cardboard. I decided to use Dixie Belle Manatee Gray because I had a small jar leftover from a previous project. My master bedroom is painted with a lighter gray so I thought this color would be perfect! It took two coats of paint.
- The wood frame needed a little brightening up. It was dull and dingy looking. I decided to dip my paintbrush very lightly in white paint and brush it on the frame, into the crevasses.
- I took two of the doilies and cut them in half. Each half was placed on a corner. I applied one of the halves to each corner of the board, allowing the extra material to overlap. I used my self-adhesive spray to attach each doily, including a full doily in the center of the cardboard piece. After I attached each doily, I noticed the edges were not sufficiently sticking. Therefore, I used my hot glue gun and applied a little hot glue around the edges.
- I then pressed the cardboard into the groove of the frame. It was a PERFECT fit. After it was in place, I trimmed the extra fabric that was on the back. The fit was snug, so I did not have to add a backing.
I love how this turned out. This project cost me less than $10.00 to make.
HOW ABOUT THAT?
A couple more salvage tips and info before you go:
- If you have an old frame that you want to use for a project like this but don’t have a memory board, use a piece of cardboard or the backing of the frame. You don’t have to use the memory board if you don’t have one or aren’t sure you a frame the same size. #usewhatyougot
- This project is a great springboard to look into your stash and see what you can make with what you have on hand. Let your imagination soar.
- And, if you like farmhouse decor be sure to check out these projects: 20 Budget Friendly Farmhouse Projects
We are so grateful to have Christina as a SS&M contributor. This repurpose memory board into a farmhouse wall decor project is such a great way to turn what was old into something new. Be sure to check out her site HERE.