Message Board

My little family and I live in a small brick house that was built in 1868 (above a window in our attic, the date 1868 is written in the mortar, so we assume that’s when it was built).  We instantly fell in love with the charm and character.  And this being our first home, we had no idea what home-ownership entailed; let alone what owning an OLD house entailed.  There’s chipping paint, knob and tube electrical, walls that are like cement and impossible to nail into, the list of cons goes on and on.  But there’s also the nine inch moldings, the original pine flooring, nooks and crannies full of old coins or pictures, the list of pros goes on and on.  Basically what I’m trying to say is we have kind of a love/hate relationship with our house.  After living here for almost four years, we’ve decided to go room by room and making each one more functional and ORGANIZED.  My ultimate goal is to decrease our belongings by half and make sure that everything has a place.  My first project on an incredibly long list is a message board in the kitchen.  My husband and I each have individual calendars but we don’t have a central calendar that keeps the whole family’s schedule together.  So with the goal of re-purposing wasted space and making the family a little more organized, I re-vamped a small corner of my kitchen.  The space before was basically a crap-collector.  Various hooks and nails welcomed random aprons, step-stools, etc.

For about a month, I kept my eye out for pieces that could be put together to create a message board.  I wanted this to be a cheap project, so I only bought things on sale.  Speaking of cheap, I think this entire project cost maybe $60 at the most.  Anywho, while the hubs was at work one day, I decided to rip all the hooks, wallpaper and boards off the wall, which created a huge mess and caused a lot of eye-rolling from said husband.  The plan was to patch and paint the section of wall, but after seeing the condition of the wall I decided (okay, my husband decided) to just nail up a piece of wainscoting; which looked beautiful!

I painted the wainscoting and spray painted the message board pieces a robin’s egg blue.

After a day of painting and hammering, I gotta say, I love the finished product! Not only did it give wasted space a purpose and help to organize my family, it also made my kitchen look nicer!  And when you’ve got a love/hate relationship with your house, it’s nice to add another thing to the “love” column.

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3 Comments to “Message Board”

  1. How very nice!!! I read outloud to Mike your post and he commented how well spoken you are!!! I really like what you did…..isn’t it amazing how much effort it takes to do just such a fraction of a room? What I’m saying is I so appreciate your accomplishment and look forward to seeing further progress …you have great skills in decorating!!!

  2. Wow, Erin, I’m impressed. It looks beautiful! You are so talented.

  3. Erin… you are so talented… I’m impressed 🙂

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