A message board is invaluable in the kitchen. This DIY version is fitted with a paper roll for lists and reminders; a metal ruler keeps the paper edge in place and serves as a paper cutter so you can tear off the sheet.
- Start by painting a large wooden picture frame (without the glass).
- Have galvanized steel (this will allow you to use magnets) and 1/4-inch-thick plywood cut to fit inside back of frame. Lay out linen or other fabric (enough to cover the board) on a flat surface; stack metal, then plywood on top. Wrap fabric around to back, pulling it smooth, and staple it to wooden backing.
- Screw curtain-rod hardware to front of board, making sure rod stands out enough from the surface to accommodate roll of paper.
- You will need a metal ruler with a hole in one end; drill a hole in the other end. Attach ruler to board with screws. Secure board into picture frame with metal clips.
- Attach to wall using two triangle hangers. Thread roll of paper onto rod; pull down paper and slip the end behind the ruler.
- For a pencil holder, screw a metal drawer pull into the front of the frame, centered at the bottom (as shown).
Items used on "The Martha Stewart Show": Galvanized sheet metal, plywood, and all-purpose masking paper available from The Home Depot; frame available from Ikea; metal ruler available from your local crafts- or office-supply store; curtain rod and brackets available at Bed Bath & Beyond.