DIY: Recycled Cabinet Door Turned Memo Board
June 28, 2009
I have a dozen cabinet doors leftover from the old kitchen before our remodel, and I couldn’t bring myself to take them to the salvage yard just yet. I’m glad I waited, because after I gave it some thought, I came up with a few ideas for repurposing them. The first idea was to transform two of them into memo boards for my office.
Here’s the Before and After:
I think great fabric makes stylish wall art. These two memo boards also add practicality, and a place for displaying inspirational images or mementos. Here they are (unadorned) on my office wall.
How to Make a Memo Board from a Recycled Cabinet Door:
Fabric of choice
Ribbon of choice
Nail head upholsterer tacks
Rubber head mallet
Picture hanging hardware
Step One: Remove any hinges or remaining knobs.
Step Two: Press your fabric to remove any creases.
Step Three: Align your cabinet door on top of your quilter’s batting and fabric. I used two layers of batting to give it a hint more tufting.
Step Four: Attach your fabric to your cabinet door with a staple gun. Secure corners last.
Step Five: Lay out your ribbon on the top of your fabric covered door in a grid pattern. Allow extra ribbon to overlap over the sides so you can later secure it to the back.
Step Six: Use pliers to stabilize your nail head, then pound into wood with a rubber head mallet.
Step Seven: Secure ribbon to back of board with a staple gun.
Step Eight: After securing all of the nail heads, lay your memo board face down on your work surface. It’s best to use a towel or cloth between the nail heads and your table to avoid scratching the delicate nail head. Secure picture hangers to memo board.
And that’s how these:
Get turned into these:
Here’s a look at the tufting up close.
I’ve just started adding some momentos:
Oh, and ahem, yes, in the bottom left, that is the dream crooner himself Michael Bublé with yours truly. It’s a long, funny, serendipitous story about how I ended up meeting Mr. Bublé. Let’s just say it was one of my favorite life moments EVER ! I think I’m his biggest fan. Like, bordering on obsession. Love him. LOVE.
Stay tuned for more projects recycling my old cabinet doors…