How to transform a silverware holder box into a memo organizer with a chalkboard and fabric pockets.
Last year I bought a box of silverware at Goodwill for $20.00. I know, I know… well over my limit. But it was FULL of beautiful silverware!
Remove interior components of silverware holder box
I removed the “innerds” of the box, including the velvet lining. The remnants of glue and lining were scraped and sanded.
Clean and sand the wooden silverware holder
I sanded the outside of the box, readying it for primer.
Paint the wooden box
Primer paint was used on the both the inside and the outside.
Add chalkboard paint to the lid which becomes the door of the memo box
I painted the silverware holder box with Rustoleum Heirloom White. Then I painted the top of the box with Krylon chalkboard paint.
I made some of these fabric memo boards last year out of fabric and cardboard. I also made a smaller blue one that I made to be magnetic and hang on the refrigerator. It fit the inside (top) of this box perfectly from side to side. However it was not quite long enough.
Fabric covered corkboard
A small piece of cork board that I bought last fall at a yard sale and leftover fabric were used to make it longer.
I used the Elmers Craft Bond to permanently adhere the fabric to the cork board.
I also used the Elmers Craft Bond to attach the memo board to the inside (top) of the box. Here’s where it gets interesting! I hung the box on the wall, the top of the box now becomes the door to a memo organizer!
Small pieces of wood were attached so that I could screw in some hooks for keys, etc.
I also put in a a small shelf in the middle. I installed a little “lip” on the shelf and the bottom of the cabinet. This lip will help keep items from falling out of the cabinet.
The four buttons on the corners are purely decorative. That is the original cardboard memo board. You may notice that he dark blue piece at the bottom is the cork board I covered with the Elmers craft bond.
Whenever you use chalkboard paint, you have to “prime” the surface to accept chalk.
I used a thumbtack and a magnet for a closure.
You can see that there are many pockets to hold trinkets or important papers/business cards, etc. And the bottom is cork, so I included two pushpins made out of buttons to match the buttons on the original memo board.
I glued on a painted Scrabble tile holder to hold the chalk.
Thinking “outside the box” , silverware box that is!
I also used a silverware box to make a memory box for trinkets.
See other great chalkboard ideas here