Upcycled Roofing Tin Memo Board



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A couple of weeks ago when I revealed my workbench makeover you got your first peek at my magnetic memo board and I did promise that I’d be back to show you how you can make one for yourself.

This project came about because I have a bunch of these tin roofing shingles sitting around and I was lucky enough to discover that they are magnetic…so of course, a magnetic board!

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Roofing tin, unlike ceiling tin, can still be bought for a decent price.  I did a little research for you just this morning and found these 2 listings on Ebay. Just look up tin roofing shingles, or roofing tins and you should find a bunch.  It’s ok to have extra…you could use one as a birdhouse roof or the backing of a picture frame as I did here.

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Now that you have your roofing tins, cut a scrap piece of plywood for your backing.  This one measured 12″ x 39 1/2″ but it could have been as large as 13 1/2″ x 40″.

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With a miter saw  set at 45 degrees cut  beadboard trim for the frame.  Two pieces 14 1/2 inches and two pieces 41 inches.  Those were my measurements, but your exact measurements will depend on how much overlap you give your tins.  I like using the beadboard trim with the roofing tins because the lip covers the rough edges of the tins, but you can use any trim you have sitting around…even pallet wood, my usual favorite.

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For this project, I used three of the tins with the rusty red paint.

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To attach the tins and the trim to the plywood backboard I used a combination of screws, builders adhesive and finishing nails.  For the tin, some builders adhesive (liquid nails) then screwed down the corners of the tins…then builders adhesive and finishing nails for the trim.

I liked the red of the tins but it didn’t go with my new workshop makeover so I added a bit of the  bright blue and green color found in my storage bins over top of the red.

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Of course, the bright blue and green was way too bright for my vintage tin look so I attacked it with a palm sander and sanded most of it back off.  Finished with a coat of dark stain. Now I liked the color.

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The memo board can be hung horizontal or vertical depending on your space.

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 A couple of rocks glued to magnets and my magnetic board was ready for use.

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If you have any ideas on what I should do with the rest of my stack of old roofing tins, I’d love to hear from you.  They are all rusty and crusty and ready for a project.

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1 Comment

  • Christina says:

    I love this! What a great idea! I never though of roofing tin so… ideas are blinking on! 🙂 I have used new, copper roof flashing (Home Depot) to cover things though. Can’t wait to try the tin! Thanks!