My Pottery Barn inspired memo board - finished at last!
Remember when I posted here that I was planning on making a notice board/blackboard taking inspiration from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs?
Well here, after much faffing, it is:
It seems like I've been working on this thing for ages. I had a few hiccups so kept putting it to one side but have now finished it (apart from adding two more hooks on the bottom).
I started with a sheet of MDF which measured 4ft x 2ft but this wasn't quite tall enough so my husband added another strip of MDF along the bottom.
I measured and cut all of the trim pieces myself which is a first for me!
I lay each piece out on the MDF to decide where it would all go and then drew around each piece so I knew where to paint my blackboard and how big a noticeboard I had to buy.
I painted a blackboard on the main piece of MDF.
I spray painted each piece prior to attaching with Rustolem primer and then finished it off with a few coats of Rustoleum painter finish paint in White gloss finish.
Once all the pieces were on the board I covered the notice board with linen and hot glued that in place on the back. I then attached it (sunken into a frame I had made within the board) with Gorilla glue. I put really heavy books on top for a couple of hours and it's stuck fast now. I then used parcel tape to tape off lines as I wanted to paint the linen to look like an antique grain sack. I did this by eye as I wanted it to look quite simple and not too perfect.
I then decided to add some letters either side of the stripes so added S and L which are my children's initials.
I added some black iron hooks along the bottom to hang things as I make them!
I want five hooks so will add two more.
Lastly I painted a few small wooden hearts and hot glued them to drawing pins to make nice push pins.
I used a piece of L shaped trim between the main piece and bottom piece to hold chalk and to prop up pictures etc.
All the joins which were visible down the side were covered by yet another piece of trim.