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.

 

 

Throwback Thursday: A Few of My Favorite Painted Things

IMG_3331My goodness! It has been a bit since I last sat a spell with y’all. My apologies for that.

To catch y’all up on a few things…

  • The renovation is still not complete…which is not so good news because we need to get it ready to go on the market ASAP….
  • The hubby very recently took a  job in Bristol, Tennessee…yes, we just moved to Alabama at the end of November 2012…yep, that was last year…you’re right…not even a year ago….
  • I am writing a weekly column called “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales” for Real Media. Check it out at www.thisisrealmedia.com.
  • My daughter is keeping us all busy–but that is perfectly wonderful because I am a super proud mom! Check out her fabulousness at www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com.

That’s enough catching up! Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite painted things.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

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I love the color combination on the tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just makes me smile.

I love the color combination on this tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just adds a touch of adorable glam.

The fabric insert combined with the stripes makes this side table an adorable addition to any room.

The fabric insert with its tiny blue flowers and the blue stripes add a pop of color to this side table.

It was not easy stenciling the floor, but so totally worth it.

It was not easy stenciling this floor, but so totally worth it.

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to follow me on Tumblr. It is a quick and easy way for me to post updates, my favorite finds, and more. Check it out at www.chasidyhathorn.tumblr.com, and be sure to press that “follow” button.

For a few giggles, check out my latest “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Long Pause…No Answer” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/09/06/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-long-pauseno-answer/

For a tender moment, check out “I Love Little Baby Ducks and My Dad” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/08/30/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-i-love-little-baby-ducks-and-my-dad/

Upcycling and Organizing

Upcycled Organizer

Upcycled Art Organizer

If you’re like me, you want organization in your house without sacrificing style and being overtaken by plastic containers.  The good news is there are creative, budget-friendly solutions using everyday materials that we normally toss in the trash or recycling bin.  How do we restore order, especially in child friendly spaces, without being boring and breaking the bank?

When it comes to kids, they are just naturally messy…this upcycled DIY art organizer will help tame a little bit of the chaos by incorportating portable storage with a bonus area to display those masterpieces.  With some soup cans, a piece of leftover board, and paint, you can easily make fun storage for that budding Picasso!

So sit a spell with me and enjoy this easy DIY…then refill that cup of coffee for some of my favorite upcycling and organizing projects.

MATERIALS/TOOLS:

*sandpaper, hammer, drill, 1/4″ drill bit, 1/16″ drill bit, pliers, tape measure, pencil, painter’s tape, foam brushes
*6 empty cans (various sizes work great)
*1 piece of wood (I used a scrap piece of MDF 16″x24″)
*6 cup hooks (7/8″ for cans)
*2 cup hooks (1 1/4″ for art display)
*2 saw tooth hangers
*Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer (my favorite)
*spray paints (for background and cans)
*acrylic paints in various colors (for the stripes)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR EMPTY CANS

1.  Remove labels, wash and dry, drill holes at the top of the cans using the 1/4″ drill bit, and carefully sand the holes until smooth.

2.  Prime the cans following the instructions on the primer can.

3.  After primer has dried, spray paint each can using a different color.  Tip:  Place the cans upside down for best results.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BOARD

1.  Prepare board for color by sanding and priming it (follow the instructions on the primer can).  Next, spray paint the entire board one color.

2.  After the board is completely dry, tape off stripes (of various widths or same widths) using the painter’s tape.  TIP:  Smooth the tape down really well.  Then, use the foam brushes and acrylics to paint each untaped stripe a different color.

3.  Wait approximately an hour before carefully removing painter’s tape. (At least that is my magic time for success!)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY

1.  Attach the saw tooth hangers near the top of the backside of the board.  Tip:  Use two saw tooth hangers for heavy boards.

2.  Determine the placement of where you would like the cans to be.  Measure and mark with a dot where the cup hooks will go.

3.  Predrill a 1/16″ hole halfway into board at each hook location.  Twist the 7/8″ cup hooks for the cans into the board.  Once all six are in place, use the pliers to slightly bend the tips of each outward making it easier for the cans to be taken on and off.

4.  Add the two 1 1/4′ hooks to the bottom of the board using the same method listed above in step three.

5.  Place the cans on each hook, and fill with art supplies.

Here are a few more of my favorite ways to organize everything from art supplies to photos…why be boring!

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fun and colorful painted bowl with a touch of whimsy by LollyMollyArt–perfect for storing art brushes or office supplies

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt--perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt–perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board!  Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM!  No more boring.

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board! Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM! No more boring.

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand--removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top--perfect for a small space!

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand–removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top–perfect for a small space!  (created with love by LollyMollyArt)

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at fun ways to organize.  I am off to scrub some cans for another upcycling project!

Have a blessed day!

Chasidy