Friday, March 26, 2010

A Place for Keepsakes - Memo Board

When Elliot was born I had a lot of keepsakes (cards, hospital ID bracelet, ultrasounds etc.) that I didn't really know what to do with. Most of them ended up in boxes or weren't displayed until Elliot was a toddler (read about what I did with all the cards we received here).

To avoid filling up boxes with Baby Girl's keepsakes I created a memo board and a shadow box for her nursery. I think you will agree that not only are they practically, but they are also pretty.

First the Memo Board. I had a tray similar to the one pictured below(sorry for not taking my own before photo) that was stained, a little rusty, and scratched. My grandmother gave it to me when I was in college and I rediscovered it when we moved. After confirming that magnets would in fact stick to it, I lightly sanded it then sprayed it with primer. Next I painted it with the same pink that I used on the nursery walls (Benjamin Moore Pink Peony). To tie it into the decor even more I free handed a pattern from the curtain fabric in white paint. Lastly, I sprayed the the tray with a clear mat finish sealer.



I made magnets out of little wooden discs (available at any craft store)and antique buttons. To avoid having to cut the loops off some of the buttons I drilled holes in the discs so that the buttons lay flat when hot glued.

I hung it on BG's closet door because it really needed some visual interest. I hate all of the doors in our house - they are all hollow core with ugly knobs). Unfortunately, replacing them is not in the budget at this time. I used 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips to attach the memo board to the door.

Next up the shadow box...

2 comments:

kellyerace said...

That's so cool!

chuzailiving said...

This is such a cool idea! Love the tone of pink you used! Kelly commented here, too! (I'm her friend and she introduced me to your blog.) Kaho

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