Did you ever want to learn how to make those message boards that you see all over Pinterest?
Today, I’ll show you how we turned an old metal serving tray into a message board.
We find a lot of things at flea markets, but because we live in a home that my grandparents used to own, sometimes we find things in our own shop.
Carson was looking for something in the shop when he ran across an old metal serving tray.
I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time but I knew that I would definitely have to incorporate it in our farmhouse makeover.
So when we purchased our vintage wall telephone, I knew that I wanted to make a message board to hang beside the phone!
It was the perfect fit!
My initial plan was to paint the whole tray with chalkboard paint and use it as a chalkboard.
But I just couldn’t bring myself to paint it. It was too pretty with the flowers and the design on it.
You can find these all over Pinterest, but I’ll show you my take on the vintage serving tray message board.
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The tray was really rusty (I think the rustier, the better!) but there were no dents or holes so that was pretty awesome. 😊
First, I gave it a good cleaning with soap and water.
I didn’t want to take the rust off of it because I think that’s what makes it more rustic and vintage which I love.
So I sprayed shellac all over the front and back. It does 2 things, it stops it from rusting and it makes it really shiny.
Then I hot glued a large rectangle of cork to the back to protect the walls from the metal.
Corkboard is not hard to find and it comes in a pretty big roll for cheap. You can find some here.
After that I cut a small piece of corkboard to make a place to put messages with push pins.
The corkboard needed a frame so I made one with a piece of leather.
I decided that the frame needed something else so I glued some old buttons that we found at a flea market to make it a little more interesting.
After I was finished with the bottom of the board, I wanted to keep it simple with the top. So I purchased some magnet clips and hot glued a button to each one.
A couple of holes were drilled in each side and twine was used to hang the board to the wall.
Then it was done!!!
It turned out so good!
This project was so easy but I think it fit well with the decor of the room.
Thank you, grandma, for saving everything!!!
What kinds of projects would you do with these old metal serving trays?
Let me know in the comments below!! 👇