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Makeover Edition : DIY Memo Inspiration Board

I am a huge fan of re-purposing items to give them new use and a new look. Improvising is a huge element in the equation.

For this DIY Project, I stumbled upon this makeup display that was being tossed from the company MAC Cosmetics. I immediately knew this item had potential when it was given to me.

MAC Makeup Display Gets a Makeover

But what would I do with it?

I know I wanted to incorporate it into my bedroom makeover in some way, but how where to start?

I took about a week to brainstorming, surfing pinterest, and dreaming up some amazing ideas to do with this piece.

Then I had that AH HAH moment! I knew that I wanted something in my bedroom to post, hang photos, and write positive affirmations on to help me get through my day to day routines.

DIY Memo Inspiration Board From a MAC Cosmetic Makeup Display at www.artsandclassy.com

A memo inspiration board seemed like a logical choice.

I knew the over all shape that I wanted…but it would require deconstructing this display to hopefully figure out how to re-invent it.

This makeover cost me absolutely nothing because I had all my supplies in stock in my amazing office/workspace.

I also want to thank Westside Wholesale for sending me an amazing Panasonic Metal Cutter and multipurpose saw to help me complete this project! If you want to see the entire pack they sent me see my instagram.

Westside Wholesale is a great source that sells anything home improvement related. From air filters, to power tools, to pool filters at a discounted price! I will be playing more with this saw on another bedroom makeover project soon! I am very happy with this saw!

Supplies that I used to accomplish this makeover. (Links are included in case you do not have the some of the supplies I used.)

 – Hot Glue Gun
– Glue Sticks
– Panasonic Metal Cutter (this saw is actually multipurpose depending on the blade you use. Thank goodness I had the metal blade for this project)
 Protective Glasses – always protect your peepers when using power tools.
– Foam core board
– Decorative paper – The vendor I got this from no longer offer this specific design but they have other great options!
– Ribbon
– Staple gun with staples
– Tacky Glue
– Elmers No wrinkle Glue stick
– Screw driver or Power drill
– Chalk
– Xacto Knife
– Xacto Blades
– Hammer
– Nail
– Butyl tape

Here is where the tutorial begins!

Step 1

I had to figure out the best way to deconstruct this piece.

I had to remove the round base from the oval top piece by unscrewing it.

Then I had un-string the large beads from the entire display that assisted in keeping the display upright. This is where my Panasonic Metal Cutter saw came into play. The metal rod encased by larger beads had to be cut with my handy dandy saw. It was really easy to do actually! (Another safety reminder – Please make sure to use close toed shoes and safety glasses to stay safe while using the saw.)

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - Cut Metal with Metal Cutter

Step 2

Once the metal rod was cut, it was easy to un-string the beads all the way around the top portion of the display.

Step 3

When the display was completely taken apart to the degree that I wanted, the reconstruction began. I used my hot glue gun to re-attach the beads to the circumference of the oval shape.

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - In Progress Hot Gluing

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - In Progress

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - Gluing Beads

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - Oval Shape

Step 4

Once dried and secured, I traced the back of the oval shape with white chalk so that I could transfer the shape to the piece of black foam core. This technique worked really well to get the dimensions correct and to keep the cuts clean.

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial Chalk Transfer

Step 5

Cut out the shape with your xacto knife on the foam core board.

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial

Step 6

I decided I wanted to dress this piece up a little.

I used some leftover  Japanese cherry blossom decorative paper from Paper Source from a  commercial I did about a year ago. (I keep everything… you never know when you may want to use it… I swear I am not a hoarder)

Step 7

I cut the Japanese cherry blossom paper to the shape of the foam core board and glued it together.

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - Japanese Blosson Paper

Step 8

I pulled out my pretty satin black ribbon and attached to the back the oval foam core shape with tacky glue and staples.

DIY Vintage Glam Pinboard For Bedroom Makeover Tutorial - Japanese Blossom Branches

I made sure to pull the ribbon as tight as I could so that the board secures images or notes that I want attach to it.

DIY Memo Board from a MAC Makeup Display - Stapling - at www.artsandclassy.com

DIY Memo Board from a MAC Makeup Display at www.artsandclassy.com

Step 9

I glued the foam core board to the display and put weight on it while it dried. I made sure to give it about a couple hours to completely dry.

Step 10

Once dry, I used a hammer, nail, and some butyl tape to hang and secure my fancy new memo board to the wall in my bedroom! I love how it came out and the creativity it took to get there.

DIY Memo Board from a MAC Makeup Display - Finished Board Hanging - at www.artsandclassy.comDIY Memo Board from a MAC Makeup Display - Finished - at www.artsandclassy.com

I thoroughly enjoy doing projects like this one. What do you think of this project? Would you ever try something similar?

Get creative! Re-purpose something that is someones else trash and turn it into a treasure of yours.

If you like this project, you will love the other projects in my bedroom makeover edition.

January Challenge Bedroom Makeover and Giveaway! (1/1 -1/31)
DIY Elegant Moroccan Stencil Accent Wall
DIY No Sew Pillow Cover

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Westside Wholesale. I was compensated with product for the content; however, all opinions are completely my own. I only recommend products that I believe will truly benefit the readers of Arts & Classy.

Keep it Classy, Meredith


  • You are truly an artist! It’s so beautiful. Congratulations.

    • Meredith says:

      Jane, your feedback means so much! Thank you.

      Being an full time working artist/blogger is my dream, and I feel so grateful there are awesome people like YOU out there that appreciate what I am doing. 🙂

  • Wow, I am truly blown away by how you made this over! And, I just love the beaded edge! Who would have known MAC had such treasures besides makeup?!

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you Carrie! I am very pleased with how it came out. I am sure you understand how you can dream something up and the finished product doesn’t look anything like you imagined. I have been lucky… this one came out exactly how I envisioned it (more or less). 🙂 Thank you for the feedback!

  • Wow! This is just amazing! I love the outside beading and what you did with something that MAC would have otherwise thrown away!