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How to Make a Kitchen Message Board for a Cabinet Door

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How to make a pretty kitchen message board to place on the outside of a kitchen cabinet.

Post updated: 01/07/2021

In between some of my more time-consuming DIY decorating projects, I like to do some simple projects that will still have a lot of decorating impact.

Today’s post is one of these – a quick and simple decorative way to organize papers and memos in your kitchen. If you know how to wrap a gift with wrapping paper – you can make this kitchen message board project. It will take 20 minutes.

Board Kitchen Decorating Ideas Fabric covered Cabinet-Memo-

With less than one yard of fabric I made this memo board for my kitchen cabinet.

On the cabinet or table – the fabric covered board can be as temporary or permanent as you want.  Just pop it in and out, leaving no damage.

How to Make a Kitchen Message Board for a Cabinet Door

Easy Kitchen-Decorating-Ideas using fabric

Here is my kitchen cabinet door before adding the memo board.


To make the kitchen cabinet message board I needed a piece of foam board from the dollar store and fabric.  You could also use corrugated cardboard cut from a large box.

supplies needed:

  • Fabric – I bought this black and white Chevron fabric at Michaels
  • Cardboard or dollar store foam board large enough to fit inset space on cabinet door
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • T-square to straight edge to cut board to size
  • Craft knife
  • Command Brand Damage Free Hanging Strips

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to Make a Fabric Covered Kitchen Message Board for a Cabinet Door

  1. Clean Cabinet Door

    The cabinet doors in my kitchen have a recessed center which acts as a frame for the memo board. If your kitchen cabinets are flat, you can still attach the memo board, but it will not looked framed.

    Clean the door well with hot sudsy water, rinse and let dry.

    Kitchen cabinet before getting a memo board attached to it.

  2. Measure the Recessed Area on Door

    Measure the height and width of the inset/recessed area on cabinet door. If your cabinets are flat, measure the whole cabinet door.

    close up of recessed area on kitchen cabinet

  3. Cut Fabric and Foam Board

    1. Cut the foam board to those measurements using a straight edge and craft knife.

    2. Cut fabric about 2-inches larger than the board on all sides.

    3. Lay the fabric right side down and center the cut foam board on top. Bring the excess fabric to the back of the foam board and secure with duct tape. Be sure to pull fabric taut before taping.

    how to attach fabric to a foam board to make a memo board for a kitchen cabinet

  4. Hang Kitchen Message Board on Cabinet Door

    To hang the covered board on a cabinet door, use Command Brand No Damage  Hanging Strips. 

    I used 4 sets – one set on each back corner.  If you are not familiar with how these work – See this post:  Mudroom Organizing Wall

    Fabric wrapped foam showing where to put Command Brand strips to hang it on cabinet door.

  5. Add Your Memos, Reminders and Photos

    Use push pins or decorative tacks to attach your notes to the memo board.

    Completed Memo board attached to the front of a kitchen cabinet.

Kitchen Cabinet Memo Board DIY
Inset-Kitchen-Cabinet-Memo-Board using Fabric

Bonus: Idea on How to Use Any Remaining Fabric

Quick and Easy Furniture-makeover ideas

Since I only used a small section from the yard of fabric, I decided to also make a tray insert in the same way I made the memo board, but instead of hanging it, I placed it flat into this tray table in my guest room.

Thrifty-Decor-Ideas for furniture

To place in a tray – just set it in.

For more ideas on how to use one yard or less of fabric when decorating, see these posts.

Pretty fabric covered kitchen message board that is attached to a the outside of a kitchen cabinet door.  Text overlay says Kitchen Cabinet Memo Board.

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  1. Oh I love it and the pattern is perfect. You are so very clever.

    I so love your guest bedroom and that 3-D wall you did….. and that dresser with the gorgeous top and of course your pillows and well….. just everything. The 3 D wall has been on my wish list since I first saw it. I will be trying to get more mirrors to do it this year (I hope).

  2. Great idea Diane! I can picture several fabric patterns I would like to try using this technique. Vikki in VA.

  3. WOW! This looks fabulous…but that is no surprise. I have seen it with chalkboard but never like this…so easy and the results are amazing. Thanks for sharing this one…now this is on the to do list for sure. hugs…