Crafting a Family Message Center

Not too long ago, I ended up at an auction where this large wood thing was smashed into a corner with a bunch of stuff that I wanted piled around it.  Lucky for me, it turned out to be one big lot and everything became mine.

When I uncovered it, I was so excited to see that it was an old ___________.

(Okay, that’s a blank for you to fill in, because I cannot figure out what this thing is.  An antique hymnal board possibly?  Look at the Gothic style arches on the frame.  Doesn’t it look churchy?  Seriously, if anyone has any ideas, let me know!)

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My husband who was helping me load up our car with all my winnings (yes, that’s how I feel about auctions, “I won!  I won!”) saw me dragging it across the floor.

“What are you doing with that?” He said that in a way that meant, “Stop messing around and help me finish loading the car.”  Or very possibly he meant, “Baby, be careful and don’t hurt your back.  Here let me toss it over my shoulder like a baby kitten and take it to the car for you.”

And I just grinned, “It’s mine!  Isn’t it awesome?”

“Sure,” he said in that special way that means he wasn’t so sure and he did, indeed, take it out of my hands and to the car because he’s strong like that.

Right away, I saw that this piece would make a really cool family message center.  A nice flat space in the middle to turn into a chalkboard, a built in frame that just needed painting so it would stand out, and a couple of built in shelves that could hold mail, keys, school lunches or homework papers.

And did I mention the gorgeous details?  Churchy!

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Because the shelves were open, I cut a piece of  quarter inch plywood for the back, stained it in Special Walnut and used my new “Farmer’s Market” stencil from Funky Junk interiors.  (Which I love, love, love!)  The plywood was attached with wood screws.

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Honestly, a pretty easy makeover, but what a difference!

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This piece could sit happily on a buffet or installed in an entry way or mud room.  So cute and functional now!  Available for sale at Palmetto Home & Garden, 2422 Laurens Road in Greenville, SC.




  1. patty yetman says:

    Mary….you are amazing! I love your sense of adventure and your furniture is so beautiful. I wish that I lived closer to you so I could take your classes.

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