Turn $5 in Thrift Store Parts into Functional Décor!

Hi there, awesome Friends! Jack sends a huge thank you for all the super sweet comments on his plant stand makeover I shared on Tuesday! He was grinning form ear to ear.

Are ya’ll up for another thrifty makeover today? I thought you might be. They’re my favorite too!

This one was actually a collaboration between me and Jack. He dug through my to-do pyramid and pulled out a little shelf I found at the thrift store for two dollars a while back and started going to town painting it. Then I came to see what he was up to and it was like slow-mo…No-o-o-o-o…we…n-e-e-d…a…bef-o-r-e…ph-o-t-o-o-o-o. Ha ha  too late.

No worries…you’ll just have to imagine what it looked like before. It was pretty much the same color as the frame below:

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Brown. This was after one coat of leftover Sparrow by Behr that I had made into DIY chalk paint a while back.

He was just going to paint the shelf and call it a day, but I thought it could be more unique than just a dated shelf with a new paint job, so we went in search of a frame to attach to it and found this simple one at the thrift store.

The addition of some stripes and a chalkboard made this fun combination:

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

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This makes a great landing spot for keys, mail, etc.

I cut the hardboard to fit the frame, and Jack sprayed it:

Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint is my favorite!

For more info on how the chalkboard was made and added, check out THIS post.

I like to use Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint. It only takes a couple of coats and it goes on so easy and covers great!

For the stripes I used FrogTape:

Frogtape is mo go-to for painting projects!

We each had a turn adding a coat of white paint. 🙂

He sanded to smooth everything out…

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

And I waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal. I just bought her white wax. Can’t wait to try it out!

I though about adding a bar across the bottom of the shelf to add a couple of hooks to for hanging your purse or coat, but decided to leave it as is.

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

I did add a hook for keys or leashes to the frame…

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

The two pieces are held together on the back with these metal plates I purchased at Lowes for 59¢ each:

Inexpensive metal plates join the two pieces together.

As you can see I covered the ugly on the back in brown wrapping paper I found at TJ Maxx. I attached it using Matte Mod Podge like a glue. Sometimes I use hot glue or a glue stick…whatever I have near me at the time! I have also found that if I line the paper up in one corner, I can just sand the other two edges and it tears perfectly along each edge.

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

 

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

It was fun working together on this one, and I think it turned out pretty darned cute!

Two forgotten thrift store throw-aways that cost around $5 became an updated and functional  piece of décor!

This chalkboard frame made from thrifted parts makes a great landing spot for keys, etc from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back next week sharing how I gave a set of these very traditional tables a coastal feel:

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UPDATE: See how them now HERE with their new makeover!

XO,

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Comments

  1. Your son did a great job! It’s always nice when you can get the family involved.

  2. Christina in FL says:

    Christy, you and Jack make a great team. 🙂 Wonderful re-use makeover. Thanks for the tip about the chalkboard spray paint. 🙂

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Christina! He’s starting high school this September so I know the days of him wanting to hang out with his Mom are numbered…enjoying the moment! XOXO

  3. This is so cute!

  4. Another clever collaboration, well done team. 😊😊😊

  5. That is so sweet to see your son doing this with you, he did an amazing job on that table! These are great D I Y’S always fun to see the outcome Christy have a great day with your son !!

  6. Uh oh, I think you’ve got a DIYer on your hands…lol. Good job with the shelf and jazzing it up. Love it! I’ve been looking for inspiration for my olspd shelves. I love this idea! Going to pin it!

  7. Great job! My son will be a Junior this year and he still has his mom moments but they are few and far between these days. Enjoy while they last.
    I noticed you put a hanger on the frame. Does it hang by that hanger or that one plus the ones on the shelf? Thanks for the great project! I always look forward to your post, you inspire me to try new things.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Kim! I am so not looking forward to the high school years…although he has always been somewhat of a Mama’s boy…I am enjoying it while I can! I added three hangers, one at the top and one on either side of the shelf. The one at the top should hold it fine as I can’t imagine anything super heavy being displayed on the shelf, but I added the two on the shelf for extra support just in case. XO

  8. LoriLori says:

    Great job! It’s great how you can imagine things being used differently from their original purpose. 🙂

  9. Marcie Lovett says:

    Beautiful! Another piece that’s going to fly out the door. Jack just needs to remember that he’s doing this in service of the blog and that you need your “before” pictures before he creates a masterpiece!

  10. Robin Kelley says:

    You may have created a monster…he may have the ‘bug’ now! Great project!

  11. Wow! This one is great! Those stripes are so cheery. : )
    I never would have thought of attaching the frame to the shelf, and love it! It has a more “decorated” look than a plain-jane utilitarian look… or something like that. : ) It has me wondering if I need a self/chalkboard somewhere in my house. : ) Houses do not have enough wall space!!!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Becky! I’m with you…I have zero wall space, but that is probably a good thing or many of my projects would never have made it to the shop lol! XO

  12. The little shelf and chalkboard are adorable, they have a beachy look for sure. I think it is wonderful how Jack is really getting into this and you know whatever road he takes in the future, these are skills he can always use. Good job mom.

  13. He is doing such a great job with the makeovers! I’m jealous… I wish I had a project partner! :o) I love how you guys added the framed chalkboard, that’s a great way to give a plain ol’ shelf oomph!!

    Tania

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Tania! He really surprised me with his interest in redoing a few things, and it is fun having him to team up with!

  14. Sherry Pelle says:

    Another great job from Jack! It’s so much fun to see your kids be creative and yes…enjoy it while you can!

  15. After you remembered to pick up Jack at 4 o’clock he did another fabulous job helping Mom with this upcycle! Love your idea of attaching a chalkboard and the stripes add a fun element. After my can of chalkboard paint is empty I’m switching to the spray paint variety. I’m done with rolling the stuff on – you had me at “two coats”.

    • Christy says:

      Ha ha yes he did! ANd yes, the spray on chalkboard paint is so easy and smooth and one can goes a long way. 🙂

  16. Thanks for the photo of how you attached the frame to the shelf. And I really liked the stripes. Sometime soon I’m going to try the same thing. Thank you!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Joanne! Glad the photo helped…those metal plate things worked perfectly to attach the two pieces. XO

  17. This little shelf is darling! I love that you and your son are working together on projects. You both will always remember this time spent together. Super useful tip on lining up the back of the paper and sanding off the edges:) I’ll have to remember to try that because getting the paper straight and cut right is always a hassle!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Wendi! Yes I am hanging onto every minute he wants to spend with me. He is starting high school in September so I know it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be too cool to hang out with me lol! XO