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.
- 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Denise, you have done it again my friend. Love this project.
Love the frame, great memo board. Lovely vintage feel.
I love that frame, I think my mom has that mirror or one similar from my childhood. Love the book pages and the creative reuse to something cool!
I’m so glad you were able to get a good deal on that frame! It’s beautiful.
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.
What a great idea!!!! And it’s so pretty!
This is a fabulous idea! Love the frame!
This is really sweet. Love it.
What a beautiful project.
I agree great frame. And such a great idea to keep the vintage vibe.
I love the frame and I know what you mean about finding something and the excitement of the inspiration. This turned out just beautiful.
Haha….so glad I am not alone when it comes to flea market deals. Thanks for stopping by.
I love to buy vintage ephemera but never have much I can do with it. This is a great idea! Also, love the frame.
Me too! I have a drawer full of bits and pieces I’ve been collecting and this was the right spot for them.
It does make a great memo board!
What an awesome thrift store upcycle! Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!
Thanks for visiting Ashley. Looking forward to our next challenge.
I love the shabby chic look! Great deal on that!
Thanks…can’t go wrong with $5.
This is so great Denise! I love.
Thanks for visiting and for your kind words Kim.
I just used book pages in my last project, they are so great in these types of upcycles! Nice job!
I am so addicted to book page crafts…I have more ideas in my head…just gotta make the time to work on them.
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
Make sure you share what you do with your frame.
You did a beautiful job with the old frame I love the memo board !
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your kind words.
A unique display! Thanks for sharing at TADA!
Thanks for hosting Debbie.
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