Carmel from Our Fifth House is back showcasing a little thrifted find turned one-of-a-kind art display for her guest bedroom.  I love going thrifting and finding unexpected items to upcycle into something wonderful.  The only thing better than that is finding it on the side of the road.  I think this little project does qualify as some Roadkill Rescue, don’t you think?

Decorative Corkboard Memo Board


Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m happy to be back to share a simple and easy diy project today.  Whenever I’m out thrifting I always keep my eyes open for trays.  They can be repurposed in so many different ways.  I’ve been known to turn small ones into message boards to give as gifts or keep for myself like the one pictures below.

diy chalkboard message board

So it’s no surprise that these large oval restaurant trays caught my eye as I was perusing ReStore one day.  They were $1 each!

diy memo board from a tray

They were pretty nasty, but I knew a little lovin’ was all they needed.

DIY cork board

They already had a bit of a cork texture – I guess to keep things from slipping and sliding – remember these came from a restaurant.  (Actually, another reason I bought them is because they came from one of my favorite local restaurants that is currently undergoing a remodel.  It’s one of our favorite date night places so these have some sentimental value as well.)  I knew they’d be perfect to flank the window in our guest bedroom, so I concocted a simple plan.

DIY memo board

1  – Clean them up  – dish soap is your friend.

2  – Pick up a roll of cork from  – Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Walmart.

3  – Trace the outline of the tray on the cork roll and cut it out.  Then glue the edges of the cork to the tray with a hot glue gun.

4  – Cover with the fabric of your choice (I chose burlap because I have a large stash of it in my craft closet).  Follow the same step as with the cork, tracing the outline of the tray and then cutting and gluing the edges with a hot glue gun.

5 – Cover the raw edge by hot gluing rope or ribbon (this is totally optional – I chose to do this because burlap has a tendency to fray).

6 – Marvel at how easy it was to turn a dirty old, nasty restaurant tray into a sweet, vintage-y memo board!

DIY corkboard memo board

To add to the vintage charm and because I’m slightly obsessed with all shades of the color green at the moment, I turned a few of my vintage clip-on earrings into push pins.  Again – this is the simplest DIY project in the world. All you need is E-6000; it’s the very best glue in the entire crafting world (but it is a little stinky).

vintage earring push pins

I love vintage earrings, and I especially love using them in unexpected ways.

vintage earrings in decor
vintage earring push pin

These trays turned memo boards have me one step closer to calling the guest bedroom makeover done!

diy memo board from an old tray

Sometimes it’s the smallest project that makes the biggest difference in a room design.  A little one of a kind wall art totally adds to the charm of this space.

What do you keep your eyes peeled for when you’re out thrifting?

Want to know where I bought these inexpensive 96 inch chevron curtain panels?   Check here.

Oh and check here for the deets on that DIY rope headboard you can sort of see in the above photo.

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  1. What fun inspirations you’ve given us with the distressed trays, you made it look so easy to create into a lovely pin board or chalk message tray. Other ideas twinkle in the back of my feeble mind. Plus the fabulous idea of transforming clip-on earrings into custom push pins, which you’ve also shown to be an easy project! What’s not to love? Thank you so much for sharing your art with us.

  2. I always look for clip on earrings too! I use them for hair clips, dress up for my girls and other little projects. Your trays turned out really great. I’m glad you found them in a pair!

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