Vintage Industrial Inspired Message Board

Burlap? Check.
Old picture frame with hideous oak stain
 (and no glass)? Check.
 A little paint, a stencil, paper, jute twine 
and a piece of cork? Check. Check.
Last but not least, a pretty lone vintage fork 
I have had forever? Check!
The hallway leading from my kitchen to the garage
 is a great place for a message center 
as we are constantly walking by it.  
It’s also a fun open space to decorate 
but I have been kind of stuck for a while not sure 
what to put there.  The hallway is wide enough 
but I didn’t want to hang something there that
protrudes into the walkway.   
A while ago I decided  to spray paint this frame 
with some black paint, and distress it.  
Then it sat in the garage for a year.
I start/stop projects too, in fact a mere year passing
was pretty good!
The pieces kind of came together as I 
thought about how much I love 
vintage/industrial/farmhouse/affordable style
and could use a message center for this area.

Here is what I did to make a new message board
 for my kitchen hallway:

I began by cutting out a spare piece of 
cork board from a sheet I had
left over from a previous project.  
(This previous project was a FAIL, 
hence the reason you have not seen it.) 
I cut it to fit inside the picture frame with a tiny 
bit of room to spare for the burlap.

Next I cut a piece of burlap and folded it 
around the edges, using a dab of hot glue
 in the corners and holding in place until each area set.

Once the burlap was attached to the cork 
I used a line of hot glue around the edges of 
where the burlap and wood meet on the
back of the frame.

I used a little E-6000 to attach the fork 
to the bottom center of  the frame.
Using some ivory acrylic paint and a sponge pouncer, 
the scrolly stencil went in opposite corners next.

After that came the cute little bunting 
to go across the top of the message board.  
It was as simple as cutting out each shape, 
hole punching the top corner of each, 
and running a piece of jute twine to hang it.
I love these papers I found recently at Michaels. 

I will admit to perhaps buying a bit too much 
scrap book paper last weekend.
And Ryan Gosling was not there to enable me, 
with one of his wonderful “Hey Girl’s” which was a bummer.
But I was still able to shop.

Now I have a pretty area in my previously boring hallway
 that is functional and fun 
but still ties in with my kitchen.  

Thank you so much for creating with me 
and following along.
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xo, Tanya

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  1. Love it! Want one! Love the fork and the burlap. Definitely pinning! (And weaning myself off exclamation points, ha ha!)

  2. So beautiful!

  3. This is so pretty, Tanya! I'm so proud of you for pressing on with shopping even *without* Ryan Gosling (hehe). I'm off to pin this, have a good weekend!


  4. I love the whole look of this! Wish I had somewhere that needed a cork board!

  5. So cute Tanya. Whenever I go looking for scrapbook paper i feel like i chose the wrong place…this last time i went to Joanns and was super disappointed! 🙂 Great job!

  6. Great job Tanya! The message board looks great!

  7. Very chic! Have you used it yet? It's too pretty to stick anything on it!! ; )

  8. This looks great! I love the fork 😉 I'm a new follower to your cute blog 😉
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  9. Love this! What a great way to repurpose things! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  10. This looks fab! x

  11. Good idea making this into a message board and if the frame was only in the garage for a year, sounds like you are doing well!

  12. I love the look of character to it! It turned out very nice!
    Selene from

  13. I love it!!! I have been in a creative mood recently and maybe I will have to create something similar!!! Love your blog!

  14. Hi Tanya, Love how this turned out! I love anything with burlap. Great blog and I am now a new follower!

  15. I love how you softened up the industrial look with the bunting and the vintage fork at the bottom is the perfect touch!

    Have a great week, Tanya, and thanks for linking up to Cupcakes and Crinoline.

  16. Love the black battered up frame, and you just can't beat burlap with a stick – it's great stuff!

  17. Burlap is a wonderful thing..LOVE this!

  18. My goal this week is to finish something. You managed to do this with fantastic results. Love the rough texture of the burlap and the distressed goodness of the frame. Stick a fork in it – it is done!

  19. Oh. My. Word. This is sooooo cute! I love it- so shabby chic!

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