Thrift Store Decor Upcycled Book Page Memo Board

I’m so excited that I joined a monthly Thrift Store Décor Upcycle Challenge because it is really going to motivate me to get my creative juices flowing and get some of these projects out of my head and complete. This month I am sharing my Vintage Frame Book Page Memo Board but first meet the amazing team of bloggers that are participating in this challenge.

Vintage Frame Book Page Memo Board Made With Dictionary Pages

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

 Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on MainClaire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den

Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While FrazzledSherry | Savvy Apron

Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty

Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Vintage Frame Book Page Memo Board

This book page memo board idea has been in my head and in my garage for over a year.  You see, I have this problem of too many ideas and not enough time plus I can’t pass up an awesome deal on a vintage piece of trash that is calling my name.

Vinagte frame and dictionary pages used to make a Book Page Memo Board.

That was the case with this vintage frame. It used to be a mirror and I found it, minus the mirror, at the flea market for $25. I loved the shape of the frame and the ornate detail but definitely not the price. I went back and looked at it twice because I was trying to talk myself out of getting it but my mind was full of ideas on how I could upcycle it into a memo board.

Vintage frame painted with chalk paint and distressed in preparation of making a book page memo board.

Lucky for me, the guy at the booth noticed me walking away (for the second time) and told me he would sell it to me for $5. Sold! I love when a dealer talks themselves down on an overpriced item. If it’s something I can’t live without I usually barter but this time I was on the fence until he cut me a sweet deal.

Ornate Vintage Frame for Book Page Memo Board

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the vintage frame before I painted it with my homemade chalk paint but it was a dark mahogany wood that was also covered in scratches. My rule with wood pieces is it gets painted if it’s scratched and damaged and this vintage frame was definitely dinged up and scratched beyond repair.

Twine and lace used to display keepsakes on the Book Page Memo Board.

I thought about padding it and covering it with fabric but I happen to love the look of old book pages and I had a dictionary with missing and torn pages so it was an easy decision to make a book page memo board lined with the dictionary pages. As I was going through the dictionary I decided to pull pages with words that described me. Grateful. Daughter. Zany. Adequate. Greif-Stricken. Pray. Terrific. Hope. Happy.

Grateful definition for Book Page Memo Board

I was able to pull some twine and vintage lace to swag across the vintage frame and I used mini clothes pins to hang some special keepsakes.

Grief stricken definition and keepsakes hanging on my Book Page Memo Board

As you can see, it is an oval frame and it is intended to be hung horizontally except the wall space could only accommodate it being hung vertically and I  like it just the way it is.

If you love this book page memo board you might want to take a peek at my Book Page Wreath and my Book Page Garland.

DIY Vintage Frame Book Page Memo Board

This project is being shared with my friends at the Ta-Da Link Party, I am Pinnable Party and the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party.

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. Karen Marie Kedzuch says:

    I shot right over when I saw your instagram post. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Your willing Ness to see pieces in a different light turn into the most beautiful gems.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Me too! I have a drawer full of bits and pieces I’ve been collecting and this was the right spot for them.

    • Denise Bryant says:

      I am so addicted to book page crafts…I have more ideas in my head…just gotta make the time to work on them.

  2. Pamela says:

    Neat looking board! I want to make one! I have been hanging on to the first framed print John and I ever bought but the print just does not suit us any longer. I am gong to get creative with it. But first a nap. lol

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