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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Message Center for the Mudroom

If you came by for my mudroom tour, you saw this message center made from a curbside window frame.

This was a super easy project and I built it in about 2 hours.

First, I gave the whole window a fresh coat of white paint. Then, I taped off the edges of the upper left and lower right windows and used 2 coats of chalkboard paint in those panes.



While the paint dried, I cut two pieces of foam core to size for the upper right and lower left panes. Then added some batting and wrapped the fabric around. I used a hot glue gun to attach the fabric to the back of the foam core. Then positioned the black ribbons on top and glued them to the back of the foam core as well. While the glue gun was still heated up, I ran a bead of glue around the edge of the window panes and inserted the two upholstered foam core pieces in place. (Pictorial directions for the upholstered foam core can be viewed here.)


Next, I had some leftover cheap mirror glass* that I used for the the mudroom coat rack. I used my glass cutter and cut those two panels down to size. Then I put some E-6000 onto the window pane and inserted my mirrored glass. To seal and hide the edges of the mirror, I used white bath and tile caulk around the edges of the mirror.


* Cheap Mirrored Glass Source: Find those $10 back of the door full length mirrors. Buy one at Walmart, Kmart or Target. Just peel off the glued frames and paper backing and cut your mirror pieces from it.

To build the little curved shelf, I actually already had the curved board leftover from another project. But, you can cut a piece of 1" x 6" with a jigsaw. Then use a router to give it a decorative edge. Then sand it, prime it and paint it.



To attach the shelf, I used 3 L-brackets on the underside and painted them white to be less noticeable. I also nailed a piece of 1" x 2" (painted white) to the bottom of the window so I could screw the brackets into it.



Once the message center was finished and dry, I located the studs on our mudroom wall and hung the window with two L- brackets on the bottom (see pictures above) and one on top.


Now I have a cute place to welcome guests, hang postcards and birthday invites, and check for ORT (object remove from teeth) before heading out the door.


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21 Comments:

At August 28, 2010 at 11:19 PM , Blogger Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

SOOOO cute! I love it so much, especially the fabric you chose! Can't wait to have the space to make/hang one for my own.

 
At August 28, 2010 at 11:34 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I love the look of your message center. It has so many elements and flows so nicely. Reading about cutting mirrors scares me! I did notice that you used hot glue to attach to the foam core, I find using spray glue works really well for this type of application if you want a tighter fit. I smile as I write this...like I need to tell you how to do something! Who am I kidding {smile}

 
At August 28, 2010 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

The tip about the mirror is a great one!!

 
At August 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

LOVE! We don't have a mud room in our tiny condo, but this would also work in my office. Great piece!

 
At August 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Christina said...

I LOVE THIS! I am so looking for an old window right now :)

 
At August 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

Terrific! Easy for you, not so much for me!

 
At August 29, 2010 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

Oh, I just love this! My head is spinning with ideas and places I could put this!!

 
At August 29, 2010 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

It's looks wonderful! I love the blue little vase with the flowers too!

 
At August 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love it... what a great idea for the mirror!

 
At August 31, 2010 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

This is perfect, Brittany! LOVE the patterns you chose, too! They're wonderful! Awesome job -- as always! :)

 
At August 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Blogger JHill said...

That is all kinds of fantastic!!! Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

 
At August 31, 2010 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

Adorable...I think I could actually do that! Thanks for joining in this week. I sure love to see your projects, they are always different, and so well done!

 
At September 1, 2010 at 12:02 AM , Blogger LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Really nice...I love organization. I have 5 children...they can all have 1 pane. lol I love the white/black color scheme too!

 
At September 2, 2010 at 12:44 AM , Blogger { L } said...

This idea is genius!! I am SO impressed! It turned out beautiful too. I would be very excited to have this.

 
At September 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Is there anything you can't do? This is so cute and functional. Thanks for linking :).

 
At September 5, 2010 at 6:54 PM , Blogger JHill said...

This was one of my favorite projects at last week's Mad Skills party, so I will be featuring it tomorrow morning!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

 
At September 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Lil-Rosi said...

Found this post through a link you posted and I absolutely love your message station! So well done & creative! I shared your project on my blog... http://capturethelittlethingsathome.blogspot.com/2010/09/more-ideas-for-monday.html

 
At September 8, 2010 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

I featured you just now. It's funny, I don't like to leave my initial "canned" comment about Craft Gossip if I've already featured you before. So I always do a quick search to see if I've already featured a blog, and this is your 4th one LOL! So I guess the canned comment won't be needed ;-D Here's your feature! http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/old-window-to-message-center/

 
At September 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM , Blogger gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

This is awesome! I love everything about it! way to go!
gail

 
At September 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

I love this project.. Cute blog, I'm following you now, I also put your button on my link party page!

 
At September 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM , Blogger TheVirginiaHouse said...

What a great idea! Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

 

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