Dear over-sized, over-burdened, heavy ladened hay truck,
I know today…..somewhere a cow will be happy.
I know the farm called and wanted its hay.
I know you are carefully observing the recommended hay truck speed limit of 10 miles an hour.
But can you and all that hay hurry it up…..just a little…
I’m the one behind you with the little bits of hay flying on my windshield.
With the dark sunglasses and red lipstick and little bits of gray paint all over my hands.
The one in the middle of a project….who tried to pass you on the last straight away.
You probably didn’t see me….what with all those giant hay bales and all.
We’ve been traveling these winding country roads at the overwhelming speed of nine miles an hour.
And I’m really trying to be patient.
But can you please tell the cows….
…..that my zinc faux finish needs a second coat? 🙂
How to Make a Memo Board
(with an amazing faux zinc finish)
thin wood board (approximately 18″x30″)
template for top of board
pallet board (for pencil holder)
silver metallic paint
black metallic paint
Step 1: Draw your template on your piece of wood with pencil
I have the template I used if anyone needs me to send it to them.
You could draw a simple half circle or whatever design you want.
After we sketched the template on the wood with a pencil….we used the Dremel Moto Saw to cut it out.
I love this saw!
It’s so easy to use and fun and perfect for cutting out a design like this.
I think I’m going to use it next to cut out monograms for picture frames.
Just make sure you follow the directions that come with the saw to set it up and get started.
Step 2: Cut out a piece of metal flashing for the back
The saw cuts metal, too!
To make the memo board magnetic we used the saw to cut out a piece of metal flashing for the back.
We just cut a simple half-circle out of metal.
Make sure you wear gloves when handling the flashing….the edges are sharp.
File down any rough edges with a metal file.
Step 3: Attach the flashing to the back with glue
Follow directions on the glue.
Step 4: Cut out a pencil holder from pallet board
My brother is the genius behind this.
He took a 2 x 2 piece of pallet board (from the side of the pallet) and ran it through a table saw to get the groove.
I love the rustic look of it.
Attach pencil holder to the bottom of the memo board.
Step 5: Paint a base coat of gray on the memo board
Step 6: Create the zinc faux finish
I found this amazing paint at Home Depot.
It’s made by Martha Stewart.
It has tiny flakes of shimmery goodness in it.
I bought two jars of the silver and black metallic paint to create the zinc finish.
It really looks like zinc…..and it shimmers
Take your brush and brush it in horizontal strokes across the memo board to mimic the look of zinc.
The finish is mostly the silver metallic paint with a small amount of the black for depth.
Let dry according to directions.
The project takes a little time….but it’s so worth it.
The memo board looks amazing.
And it only took me 14 minutes to make the journey home.
14 minutes full of swirling hay.
14 minutes to start singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” to myself.
14 minutes to smile and watch the sun beams dance across my windshield.
14 minutes to remember sometimes we all need a slow drive behind a hay truck…..to take a moment to breathe….
….and count our blessings. 🙂
I was compensated for this post by Dremel….but all opinions on hay trucks and saws and memo boards are completely and utterly my own.
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