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Thrifty Thursday: Chalk it up

Today’s Thrifty Thursday project: Make your own chalkboard. For years, I wanted an oversized chalkboard for our mantel. But every time I found one that I loved, it was $100 or more.

Instead, I bought a large framed print at Rappahannock Goodwill. It was $10 and I had a 20 percent off coupon (you can get one whenever you donate items to Goodwill). Then, I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint.

I’d planned to paint the back of the picture–it wasn’t my taste but it was a nice painting. However, there was a gouge on the back. It wasn’t too big but was much more noticeable after I painted. So I had to paint over the print (my apologies to the artist).

I spray-painted the frame white, and painted the inner edge a pale aqua (it’s hard to see that in the photo).

I love this chalkboard–I’ve used it to put up Christmas messages and motivational quotes. And when Harper was born in July, we used it to welcome her. I really wanted to take a picture of a sleeping newborn on our mantel but decided to err on the side of safety.

Chalkboards are an easy, thrifty project to make and there are all sorts of frames at area thrift stores. I recently saw a beautiful chalkboard with a red frame that I’m itching to re-create.