How To Make A Memo Board From Vintage Trays

I needed a memo board. One that I can see on my way out the door.

A board to remind me of things to do, things to get, and places to go.

One that is also for my granddaughter so she can leave us notes.

I did not want a typical framed cork bulletin board, or even a fabric one.

Painting the wall with chalk paint was out of the question as it is a narrow space

and would make it look smaller and obviously darker.

So this is what I came up with:

Vintage Tole Tray Memo Board-Housepitalty Designs

I had three leftover trays that came down when I hung an iron gate in their place.

They have been sitting in the corner of the sunroom until I had a plan for them.

Then came the epiphany . . . I love epiphanies!

Hallway - Housepitality Designs

I placed three tole trays on the wall that originally had a mirror on it that moved to the stairwell.

Tole Tray Memo Boards-Housepitality Designs

This hallway gets so many different shades of light that comes from the window

in the laundry room.

Tole Tray Memo Boards-Housepitality Designs

I located the bag of pretty magnets that I stopped using . . . no longer wanted to clutter the

refrigerator with notes . . . Glad I kept them!

Tole Tray Memo Boards-Housepitality Designs

I love the location of the tole tray memo boards as I can scan the notes on my way out the door!

No excuse for forgetting something now!

Tole Tray Memo Board-Housepitality Designs

A ready-made pretty background for notes!

Tole Tray Memo Board-Housepitality Designs

I reserved the bottom tray for my granddaughter as it is easily accessible for her.

She has field trip that Pop promised to chaperone . . . so a friendly reminder!

I thought about how I may clutter up a pretty tole tray; however, I think this a pretty solution

to something so needed . . . Beauty and function!!!

Have a great day!

And for those who were affected by Winter Storm Juno, I hope you are all well, warm and safe.

Today, I leave those who have snow to wander in, a quote from Chief Seattle, Suquamish 1786-1866

“Take only memories, leaving nothing behind but footprints!”

I will be joining these lovely ladies on Monday, February 2nd for the

Heart and Home Blog Hop!

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  1. Cute epiphany!
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  2. Hi Shirley, Oh I love epiphanies too. Don’t you love when they strike?? Your tray idea for notes is terrific. Great way to display vintage pretties while being beautiful. Sweet little magnets too.
    Thanks for sharing. I might just have to paint some trays now from your inspiration!!
    Have a blessed day!
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  3. Amy Kaminski says

    Ingenious!!! Love it when that happens. So cute too!

  4. GREAT idea!! I love epiphanies too!!!! Perfect solutions. So glad you didn’t paint that wall with chalk paint:) It is too pretty!!!
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  5. That looks super cute!!
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  6. How charming and the pins are a perfect addition. Brilliant idea:)
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  7. Such a cute idea….I love it!!!!!
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  8. What a fabulous idea. I love this and so pretty too.
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  9. Another great idea. I love using things for more than their intended purposes. My new fridge will not hold magnets. Bummer because I love to keep favorite pics of grandkids on there to look at often. So now I’ll be looking for pretty trays. Thanks again for all your ideas.

  10. What a great idea! I love your tole trays and this is a great way to use and display them. I had an old one from my mother but somehow it got put in the oven and the heat ruined the paint!
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  11. Great idea, and so much more attractive than a cork board or cluttered refrigerator.

  12. That is so darn cute, what a wonderful idea!!

  13. Sonya M. Capps says

    Love the idea with the trays! Now–I want the cute magnets too. Can you remember where you found them?

  14. Great idea. I may try to copy. I love the magnets. Hope you remember where you got them!

    • The magnets are made by Brighton, of Brighton purses, jewelry, shoes, belts, etc. I am a great Brighton store near me…

  15. Great Idea! I’m stealing it as soon as I can locate some tole trays.

  16. I love this idea, especially hanging these pretty trays right by the door! You’re a genius, Shirley!
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  17. I think using those trays that way is such a good idea! I love how they look stacked together on the wall and how you can just add a note with a magnet too.

  18. I love this ideas! You have a beautiful collection of tole trays! Thanks for the awesome idea!
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  19. What a great idea, Shirley and they look so pretty against the wall color!
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  20. Shirley,
    These are so sweet especially the one for your granddaughter. Super cute.
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  21. Cute epiphany…and practical! I’d be lost with out post-it notes too! 😉

  22. Well, I have the trays already hanging on the walls in several rooms. Never thought to add magnets and notes. Very lovely.
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  23. What a great idea for your beautiful trays. The magnets are so cute!
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  24. Jann Olson says

    Shirley, I love this idea! Really looks beautiful on that wall and like you say, functional as well. I have a set of t.v. trays that I bought at a thrift. They are shaped like your middle one and white with a similar floral. I may just have to make me one of these. Super cute!

  25. Those epiphanies usually hit me while I’m in the shower!!! Love your stacked tray memo boards! Such a clever idea and I will be on the lookout for some of those!
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  26. What a great idea – I have notes all over the place and then I can’t find them. So glad that you had the epiphanie and shared it with us. I have a very old Coke tray that would work so well – now where did I put it – LOL
    Have a good weekend end Shirley.
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  27. Beautiful & functional! What a great use of the trays. Can I ask how did you hang them?
    Oh, the basket magnet looks like a Longaberger basket. I have a few of those myself!

  28. What a fantastic idea and the magnets are so lovely too…

  29. Love your beautiful tole trays Shirley functioning as memo boards ♥
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  30. Another fun and original project you’ve come up with!! So easy, too. This one I can totally do. Thanks, Shirley!!!
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  31. grammygoodwill says

    Wonderful idea. I love how the trays look. How did you hang them?

  32. I love this idea. I have several antique metal trays. How did you attach the trays to the wall?

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