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I love my weekly calendar but I still need a place to keep all the little notes and reminders that don't have a specific date. I saw a message center in a home I recently visited that i loved. Theirs was made of luan (thin plywood) framed in 1x4s. My intention was to do the same thing... right up until I realized that on my trip to Lowe's to get the 1x4 I had forgotten said 1x4. Duh! So, being that I have zero patience, I had to come up with another alternative. It just so happens that I have 42 of the 2000 new cabinet doors in my attic that my mom somehow acquired years ago and I managed to skeeze somewhere along the way. Thanks, Mom! So, I started with this
and gave it a couple light coats of this
and then taped off the edges and painted the center with this.
After everything was dry, I sanded the edges a little bit and mixed some brown and white paint with water like this and painted on rough polka dots like this.
Once everything was dry, I added a sawtooth hanger and screwed in one of these
upside down, to make this.
The cabinet pull is perfect for holding your chalk!
My mom came by and she quickly put dibs in on this one so I guess I'm going to have to make myself another one.
Just in case you were wondering... Chalkboard paint does work. It erases just fine. It look me 954 tries to write a message on the board to take a picture to post. At some point along the way, it had our Thanksgiving menu. Then it had random notes I need to remember. Then at some point it said "Why do I write like a 3rd grader?" then it said "arrrgggg!!!" When I thought my mom was coming to repo it, I just scribbled my blog address on it and had to be okay with it to get the picture before it left me. I wish I had cute handwriting like all these people
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