Fab Friday Finds – Unique Memo Board & Curbside Castoff Table

Here’s the story of a lovely lady of an unlikely memo board combined with a curbside castoff to create the perfect landing spot by my back door for notes, keys, shades … and other random things!

At an estate sale a few months ago, I spotted an old crib in the dark recesses of the attic (picture me doing the happy dance)!

I politely declined the possibly bedbug ridden mattress though – getting itchy just thinking about it.

Right away I knew it would be the perfect memo board – one day.

Memo Board DIY - a crib spring is a unique way to stay organized!  kellyelko.com

But since it was almost Christmas when I found it, the crib spring made it’s first appearance on my Christmas mantel.

Crib spring Christmas mantel eclectiallyvintage.com

Christmas came and went and the crib spring came down (much to the hubs delight)!

But alas, he didn’t have time to rejoice for long because before he knew what hit him, he was hanging that spring on the kitchen wall where it’s our new memo board.

Make your own memo board - with a crib spring!  kellyelko.com

 The blue metal table under the spring is a curbside castoff I rescued from the side of the road.

I still laugh out loud when I think of getting caught in the act by the hubs.

Can you believe that at the same moment I was wrestling the table into my car (far from my house, I might add), he drove by shouting, “Just Leave It There”!

He scared the bejeebers out of me but it didn’t deter me from my mission.

Top a console table with marble tiles for an inexpensive fix!  kellyelko.com

The table (did I mention it was FREE!) was topless (how embarrassing!) so I had grand plans of getting a piece of marble cut for the top.

Months went by and she still had no top – until fate intervened.

While cleaning out my basement (which resembled a scene from Hoarders), I spotted some leftover tile used in our house reno.

Three marble tiles fit perfectly!  Entire table = FREE!

The perfect fit around the light switches!

Crib Spring Memo Board

Old clothes pins are perfect for hanging all those A+ (hopefully) papers!

Top a table with marble tiles for an inexpensive fix!  kellyelko.com

Vintage Clothespins

Keep your eyes peeled at yard sales and thrift shops (and by the side of the road) for hidden gems.

Hold your head high while you’re diving into that dumpster and you’ll probably find some pretty cool things too!

And don’t be afraid to shout it from the rooftops – I found it in the trash!

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  1. I’m sitting here in beautiful Pacific Grove California with the sun shining on the ocean….showing your new creation to my husband and telling him “I bet there are some nifty hidden treasures in this resort town.” I think he’s relieved he has a golf date scheduled :).

  2. *Sigh* Alas, my hubby is the same way…he just doesn’t understand why I love “big garbage day” (everyone puts out a TON of large items) in the next town, I came home with a huge stack of old windows and a wooden crate the other day LOL!! I love this idea and wish I had the wall space to hang one that I have laying around in the basement 🙁

  3. Dang those hubbies sneaking up on us! I bet you jumped 😉 Great fit with the marble on the table top!! Woo Hoo, love when something comes together like that. Looks great Kelly!! You heal up and don’t do too much.

  4. Awesome finds, both of them! Love the crib springs, and especially that green color, and your curbside rescue looks amazing with it’s new free top! That would have scared the bejeezus out of me if my hubby yelled out “Just leave it there!” , while driving by. I am usually so in the zone when I have scored something, that if it were me, I probably would have been so startled, I would have dropped and broken that table!
    We don’t have as many great OLD things out here in Cali to trash pick from. I miss that part of living in the midwest!
    Have a fab weekend!

  5. There are several things I love about blogging….nice people, getting to peek into beautiful homes, and learning from others. Your idea of using that crib as a memo board is brilliant! It looks great and you saved it from an untimely fate. Same with the shelf…I never look at anything the same way anymore.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous reno. Your home is amazing!

  6. You are a really good writer (made me laugh), besides making good use of old things. I enjoyed reading this. I love the clothespins holding the items on the crib spring. I could see the apple picture framed. I love kid art.

  7. Oh, I have been looking for a vintage crib spring, lucky find! I love your display! First time here and your newest follower, hope to see you visit! I’ll be back to check more of your talent!

  8. Those crib springs work great for so many things…love it on your mantel too. Your story about your hubby busting you with the table is classic…sounds like something that would hapeen to me too 🙂 Laurel

  9. I love this and the unusual green color! I have a perfect spot for it in my studio:-) Keep up the curbside and attic hunting!

  10. I love this so much!! In fact, I went to a huge flea market this weekend in search of an old screen for my mantel.
    No luck, alas.

    I’m featuring this today!!

  11. You are so mart! Someone just had on at the curb in my neighborhood – I kept looking at it, trying to figure out if I could repurpose it! Now I know for next time. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Wow! These crib springs are looking great in your home. I have one sitting in my basement for the same purpose, but have not yet gotten around to actually utilizing it. But you have given me the extra push I needed. Thanks!

    hugs x

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