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I am still pulling things from the stash that my friend gave me when she decided to give up her booths. As I walked by a section where the frames and shutters are kept a bit of metal caught my eye. Pulling it out I thought how to convert a metal picture into a message board would be a fun project.
I am inspired by the message boards because it is fun to write out inspirational or clever sayings. The problem is I really wanted something different than what is available. That is how this project for the Thrift Store Challenge came about.
- 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.
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Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Marie | The Inspiration Vault
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 – Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Habiba | Craftify My Love – Ali | Home Crafts By Ali
Jeanie | Create and Babble
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The Thrift Store Challenge is a monthly get together hosted by Angela of Simply Beautiful by Angela blog. We can upcycle any thrift store, garage sale or curbside find. And there is no budget. Last month I updated a frame with pine cones.
Karen isn’t sure what this use to be. The frame had a metal design that she took off. I got the rest of it off by tapping a hammer against a chisel. Than the sander took the rest of the metal off.
The patina on the metal picture or whatever it was is very rustic looking, I really like it. I wouldn’t have even painted the frame except when it was sanded the spots turned a different color.
I was able to remove the frame which made the job of painting the frame easy. Then I sprayed the metal piece with clear spray paint. I added a picture wire on the back. That finished up the project.
But it isn’t a message board without letters. I went to Michaels to see what they had. And found the perfect solution. Michaels has wooden letters and numbers in wooden boxes. The letters and numbers can be stained or painted. I decided to leave them natural, at least for now. Plus I can use all types of fonts. And paint or stain them. I love having lots of choices 🙂
To put the letters on the message board I bought magnetic tape. It comes in a roll and can be cut in small pieces. There is a backing so it can stick to the letters.
I love the easy projects that look good. How to convert a metal picture into a message board is a fun idea. If you aren’t able to come up with something like this a metal tray would also work. As long as a magnet will stay on it anything will work.
Take a look at all of the other great ideas my talented friends have come up with.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!