Magnetic Message Board

Magnetic Message Board

Hello my lovelies! As I confessed the other day, my dining table has been on a bit of an, er delay. Yes that’s what we’ll call it. I am now regrouping and have plan B all set to go. I found a fabulous fabric for the chairs that I shared on facebook, so I’m excited to get working on those this weekend as well!

Today I’m sharing a couple more easy frame upcycles. I put these together a few weeks ago when I was trying to gather some things to photograph for my application to the Christmas Market in my city. I just happened to have a bunch of frames on hand at the time.

(By the way, I was accepted woohoo I need to get my butt in gear and stop buying things for me that take up all of my time that I screw up and then take up more of my time when I should be building up inventory!!!) That was a mouthful.

Here she is:


Before, of course!

And after:

Magnetic Message Board

And here’s how we got there…

After removing the lovely art, I gave this frame one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, followed by a coat of ASCP in Pure White:

Annie Sloan Graphite SONY DSC

This is the result after a bit of sanding:


Next I cut my metal grate insert. I used the same leftover grate that I used on my spice cabinet.


We ordered this online, but I have seen something similar sold in sheets at Home Depot.

I used my staple gun to attach it to the inside of the frame.

Next I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the opening and covered it with fabric that I had left over from my parson’s chairs.

m frame 7


I attached this piece behind the grate using my staple gun, making sure to place them on an angle to avoid hitting the metal insert.


All that was left was to cover the ugly back with some brown craft paper and add a hanger doodad.


Pretty cute, eh?

Magnetic Message Board

I like this Idea because there are some things you just don’t want to poke holes in…like this…


Did you read their shirts? They’ll still be saying this ten years from now!

To make my magnets, I used these sweet wood cut outs I found at  Michaels. They were unfinished to start. I also used them for napkin rings in my sweet spring table setting.

Birdcage magnets

I found the frame at a thrit store for $1.25. I already had everything else. Pretty darn cute for $1.25.

Before and after

Here’s another quickie before and after:

Dated thrift store picture…


…now displays our weekly menu!

Chalkboard Menu Board

Hope you enjoyed these fun upcycles!




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  1. Hi Christy – this is adorable and what a great idea! I love that you turned those little cutouts from Michael’s into magnets – genius!!! (Now I know what to do with some that I have! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and definitely pinning! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  2. What a great way to make magnets work. That made me think that something metal could also go under the fabric for the magnets to cling to. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I love how you turned the frame into this pretty message board and those wood cut outs from Michael’s very cute too and great idea to use them as magnets now! 🙂 what is written in their shirts is cute too! 🙂
    wish you a great Sunday Christy!

  4. I love this project, it turned out lovely! I love the much better than a flat magnetic board! Found you on Give Me The Goods Monday and started following you on Bloglovin! Have a great week 🙂

  5. Great work. It turned out so good! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers!

  6. Looks great…love the shirts too 🙂

  7. Fabulous idea, I love it. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. What an awesome project! I need to go to a garage sale and find some cool frames. Love the chalkboard, too.


  9. This is such a cute message board. I love the metal grate and the magnets. So clever! I’d be honored if you linked this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop happening right now. Hope to see you there!

  10. What a great idea! I love how it turned out. I have sooo many frames sitting in my closet that I really need to drag out and redo. I found your link via Lambert’s Lately link party. I would love for you to join me on Tuesdays at, where I host Tute’s Tuesdays, created to feature great tutorials such as yours!

  11. I LOVE this idea! The burlap with the metal grate is awesome!!!

  12. Great job! I love this! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  13. These are both great pieces! I love those wood pieces you used as magnet! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  14. I absolutely love this! The grate really makes it! Ad the cute little magnets are just…yes!!!

  15. I really need to make one of these. It’s been on my list of things to do for awhile. I love the way yours turned out and the tutorial was fantastic. Thank you for sharing this project on Fluster’s Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you’ll continue to join us every Tuesday evening.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  16. This was an awesome upcycle Christy- I love the metal grate… adds such fabulous texture! Pinning:)


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