DIY: Transforming an Old Magnet Board

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from fabulous finds to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about getting organized–because it is January…and that is what we do. We clean out, we toss out, we organize, we start a diet and exercise program…because it is the beginning of a new year…a fresh start. So, I want to help y’all with the resolution to get organized in 2015 with a simple and fun DIY project. Now, I am not a professional photographer (I took all of these photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5.)…and I am really not a professional DIYer…I like to do things myself…and I love sharing my projects…so I apologize if my instructions are not very detailed…and if I get off topic or babble. We are here to have fun–not have a school lesson *wink*

Now, let’s get this DIY party started…just follow along with the photos for all the randomness and details *big smile*

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal...just scratch it up a bit--knock off the shine.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal…just scratch it up a bit–knock off the shine. P.S. Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista was a fabulous hand model. Don’t y’all just love her nail polish! Click here for all the details and the VIP Nail Color of the Month.

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles--make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles–make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands. Allow the glued fabric time to dry–depending on temp and humidity and such–this could take an hour or so…you want it to be throughly dry before beginning the next step.

After it dries for a bit, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue...then give it more dry time.

After it dries, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue…then give it more dry time.

Dance around while it is drying...have a cup of coffee or two...catch up on your recorded shows...

Dance around while it is drying…have a cup of coffee or two…catch up on your recorded shows…

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board--much like wrapping a present.

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife + scissors. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board–much like wrapping a present–and staple or glue the fabric to the back of the board…duck tape also works *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y'all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y’all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Just keep hammering...

Just keep hammering…

Blooper--I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed...so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable...it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Blooper–I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed…so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable…it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back--because it looked like a hot mess...not that anyone is going to see the back...but I knew it was a hot mess...and that is all that matters *haha*

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back–because it looked like a hot mess…not that anyone is going to see the back…but I knew it was a hot mess…and that is all that matters *giggles*

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You could easily add a ribbon hanger.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You can also add a ribbon hanger or use command strips. Now, it is time to organize those notes and business cards.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming an old, ugly magnet/dry erase board into a darling new one. What I love about mine is not only can I tuck photos into the ribbon, but I can also attach important business cards with magnets.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Facebook page for all the details about my chat with Tyler and Nikki from The Regeneration Station. It was so much fun being on the radio!

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. Abby was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. She was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

 

 

Transformation Tuesday: Before and Almost After of the Art Studio

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me--cleaning each crystal of the chandelier...one by one...

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me–cleaning each crystal of the chandelier…one by one…with a little help from the VIP and my coffee *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place where you sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine–a place where I hope my mess and renovations inspire you to start your own DIY projects.

Today on the blog we are chatting about a transformation that is still taking place in my new home–which one of my neighbors suggested calling it “Hathorn Hall”–which the hubby and I loved…and we decided that it was the perfect name….Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes! Today’s blog is all about the transformation of my art studio–from the moment I first saw it until this morning when I snapped a few photos for y’all. *Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…I am not a photographer *wink*

The studio space is located in a small guest bedroom on the second floor. I immediately fell in love with its quirkiness and character. I knew it needed some love and personality, but the light from the windows was perfect!

I immediately fell in love with the quirkiness and character of this room. I knew it needed some love and personality + the light from the windows makes it the perfect space for painting and creating!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old doors and their knobs...oh, I love everything about this room!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old door and its knob…oh, I love everything about this room!

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care--and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care–and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama.

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama. Me–taking a photo during the first tour…making notes of all of the work to be done.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the "Hers" side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy...but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine...like a diamond.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the “Hers” side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy…but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine…like a diamond. P.S. I have no idea what my daughter is doing in this photo…haha

Tah dah! Isn't it pretty and shiny!

Tah dah! Isn’t it pretty and shiny!

I. LOVE. THIS. COLOR.

I love this color…and so I painted my art studio walls with it. It is so bright and cheery.

I have a wall of blank canvases displayed to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also decoupaged my old teacher's podium that my dad made me in pretty scrapbooking paper.

I have a wall of blank canvases to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also used pretty scrapbooking paper to decoupage my old teacher’s podium that my dad made for me in 1995.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it. Never painted it because I liked the worn peachy color. Bless its heart--it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement...and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it–never painted it because I like the worn peachy color. Bless its heart–it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement…and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

I must be organized...and I am still working on getting everything in its place--but I am off to a pretty good start. I have had the rolling island for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. I am also very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

I am still working on getting everything in its place–Good news is I am off to a pretty good start with the ClosetMaid organization system from the Home Depot. I am a huge fan girl of ClosetMaid because it is customizable and easy to install. The rolling island has been around for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. P.S. I am very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

Love this old tool box tray as a "container" for the paints. I just put the ones I am currently using in there along with the brushes...and it is easy peasy to paint and be organized *wink*

Love this old tool box tray as a “container” for the paints. The plan is to put the ones I will be using in there along with the brushes I will need…and it will be easy peasy to paint and be organized–at the same time *wink*

Whew! It has been a lot of work, but totally worth it. I cannot wait to finish organizing because I am so very ready to get back to creating *BIG SMILE*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at the before and almost after of my new art studio at Hathorn Hall.