I was really happy with how the actual message board turned out but I was not happy having it hang in the middle of the kitchen. It was convenient but I couldn't help feeling like it looked too busy for that spot on the wall. I have a better spot in mind for the message board which I will share when it actually gets hung up. I decided to hang an old window that I recently stained and distressed in its spot. Here's how that looks:
I'm loving the look of this. I haven't had a chance to finish the sign above the window frame but I will post about that as soon as it's done. I decided to hang my burlap wreath (burlap wreath tutorial) right on the old window.
This is just what I wanted for the space! (Hopefully it stays up longer than a couple of months...)