Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pottery Barn Inspired Memo Board

Do you remember THIS piece I mentioned SEVERAL times and said I had big plans for it?

Well, it took me some time but I was waiting for the perfect space to put it.
When I found it at the thrift store it was in bad shape, as you can see. There were scrapes, scratches, and dust, but it was a quality piece from Bombay & Co, and I LOVED its shape, crown moulding ledge across the top, and the fact that all of the hooks were in tact, so it came home with me.

I had a vision and knew I wanted it to serve as a mail organizer/memo board, so the transformation began.

After cleaning it up
I unscrewed the backing and removed guts
Then I painted it Polar Bear White in Satin by Behr
(using SW paint)
Then remember this post when I found this Frenchy fabric?

I removed the tacks and cord so that the memo board part was smooth

then I covered it with the Frenchy fabric,

reattached the backing,

and completed the makeover;

transforming this piece that was once destined for the trash into a designer look alike.
Here are some Before & After comparisons-

I love the crown moulding ledge on top and the white paint lets the curves of the moulding show thru.  

And here it is hung on the wall in the mudroom.
(Which will get a big reveal some time soon).

And here is the Pottery Barn piece that inspired me. It retails for $259 and was on sale for $209.

My inspired piece, without the mirror (I opted for fabric instead), and in total I spent $15 bucks.

Here they are side by side


 I still need to scrape some paint off of the hooks where I had an oops, but I was so excited to show you how this turned out and I didn't want to wait any longer.
This piece had been sitting in the garage for a long time waiting for its big makeover and the day finally came. It is now proudly displayed in the mudroom and I love it!


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  1. OMG...too funny...that is what I wanted to get at Pottery Barn for my entry way but didn't want to spend that much...maybe I should start hitting some thrift man's/woman's "junk" is another man'/woman's "treasure", right?! LOL
    The white one looks so much better than the "before" did a good job, Schmitty! Looks good! :)

  2. This is so clever. I would love to have one just like it. Good job. Sending a link to my French friends.

  3. Great makeover! Life to the full! Melissa

  4. I think it looks better than the one from Pottery Barn! Very pretty!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  5. You did a fantastic job...and using a thrifty find!

  6. Very nice job...........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  7. Wow, what an awesome job! You should link up to our link party, Give Me The Goods {1 party, 5 blogs}
    Jamie @

  8. Love it! Can't believe how different it looks. :)


  9. That is so very pretty! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday! I hope you party with us again next week!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

  10. I love this! Very good job. Cynthia at

  11. Great job! Looks fantastic. Love your fabric choice!

  12. I've seen something like this at tag sales. You've made it look modern and pretty. I can't wait to start tagging to find all these great things and scarf them up! Thanks for showing us how to do it also. Linda Would you link this to What to do weekends Party also? It would be a great project for the weekend I think.

  13. You did a wonderful job transforming that piece. Love the little shelf and hooks. The white makes it look so clean and fresh to hang anywhere but it sure looks good in your mud room.
    I have a similar piece that was front of a clock case. Been wondering what I was going to do with it but now know. I have that same fabric. Thanks for the inspiration. I've already painted it white but will see if hubs can put a little shelf on it or at least some nice hooks. Enjoy your blog very much.

  14. Dropped by from the Wow Us Wednesdays party. Love your makeover...especially the French Script fabric! I would love to have you to share it at
    The Shady Porch Rock N Share party too! Blessings, D

  15. Great make over!! Love this.. I am a total fan of potterybarn but sometimes they are so stinking expensive. This is a great replica and it looks easy. Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  16. Jennifer,

    What a fun project! Love the shelf and the hooks. This would look perfect in my mudroom!


  17. Yours is better than the PB one! Looks beautiful!

  18. Absolutely LOVE it! Great idea, I can't wait to see the mudroom reveal!

  19. This is a beautiful makeover!! We'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come by if you have a minute! :)

  20. Perfect, I like yours better than PB anyway and the price is so worth it. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin:)

  21. Love it! New follower here! Found you at a link party!

  22. You did it again! Another project with a lucky find at a thrift store! This is darling and you updated it beautifully! Thanks for sharing. Now I can't wait to see the big revel that you mentioned... just tickled for you!!

  23. What a gorgeous redo!! I love the fabric you chose, perfect for this project. Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week, hope to see you again tomorrow night :)

    xo, Tanya

  24. I love seeing what the power of a little paint can do to a project. Great job! (thanks for sharing on Project Inspire{d} this week!)

  25. This is awesome. Love the knock off. :)

  26. Beautiful job, Jennifer! I love that fabric and have created lots of stuff with it! It looks wonderful! Thank you for joining in Blissful Whites Wednesday!

  27. Very nice job and just as good as Pottery Barn! Thanks so much for linking up with Made in a Day last week!

  28. Oh, this is really beautiful! Looks wonderful on your wall - Love the transformation and the inspiration. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  29. This would look great in my office! I especially love the fabric...Thanks for sharing :-)

  30. To be honest I would pick your memo board over the mirrored pottery barn. It would of been too bulky looking in the area you hung yours. I like it with the black hooks over the shelves of pottery barn. Great job.


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