Updating the Secretary Doors: French Memo Boards

Updating the Secretary Doors: French Memo Boards

While I love my secretary, I felt it was missing a little something. I didn’t want to do anything drastic, since it is still practically new, however I wanted to add some low key personality and style.
It houses my life computer and sits open most, well, all the time; I thought the doors would be the perfect place to start.
I began by taking two pieces of foam board and cutting them to fit the inserts of the door panels. Using an exacto knife and my hubbys t-square ensured nice clean straight edges.

The doors are quite tall so I had to piece together two boards so that they were long enough to fit. Handy dandy duct tape to the rescue!

Using Krylon spray adhesive I attached batting to each piece of foam board for some added puffiness.
Enter the ever so popular *Burlap*. I love the texture that this fabric brings to projects. Cream is my color of choice – just the right amount of softness for the perfect balance! Using my glue gun I simply covered the batting gluing the edges of the burlap down on the back side of the foam board.
Once the burlap was in place I was ready to create the french memo board design on the front. I used white sheer organza ribbon embellished with upholstery tacks to form the diamond shaped pattern.
I hot glued the ends of the ribbon to the back of the foam board to hold into place. I also added a dap of glue to each tack for added strength.

Using Velcro Industrial Strength hook and loop fasteners I attached the covered foam board to the secretary doors. This comes on a roll with a sticky back ready to use; just cut and adhere.
To finish the look I added some jute twine trim. Using a clipboard to hold the pieces in place I braided three strands together for some thickness.
I *love* how this trim turned out and will definitely be using it for more projects in the future!

Don’t mind my messy desk – It is our ~Grand Central Station~!

These memo boards add just the right amount of pizzazz to the solid white doors.

And the best part is I can easily remove them and update the fabric or style if I get (dare I say) tired of burlap! Enjoy! XOXO


  1. Great project! I love how it turns an unused space into something functional and beautiful. Great job!

  2. This is gorgeous. I would LOVE a piece of furniture like that. Great job

  3. These are gorgeous. Quickly looking around for a spot to place on of these!

  4. Purtyyyyyy! I really like this project.

  5. Great project! I must do this! I stumbled across your site through “Mustard Seeds” and I have spent my whole morning looking at all the different sites! I am SO inspired by all the creative people!
    Thank you! /now /i am off to create something..

  6. The way you managed to organize and arrange that stuff into the furniture is completely ingenious!
    I want to create such a marvelous craft too!

  7. super idea

  8. This is absolutely stunning, and has inspired me greatly. one question, how did you affix the jute twine to the message board?


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