80’s Chalkboard Update

Hello awesome Friends! If you read about my booth on Thursday, then you might have been expecting to see a suitcase makeover today. Yeah about that…sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Let’s just say that project is still a work in progress! Instead I am sharing how I updated this little 80’s gem:

I’m assuming 80’s but I don’t think any other decade will take credit for those hearts.

My booth is stocked as far as furniture goes for now, but it is really low on the smalls. I stopped by a couple of thrift shops on Friday while I was out to see if I could find a few small things to update quickly, and this is one of the things I found. I think it was pricey at $4.98, but that’s just me being cheap.  I’m including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.

This got a simple update…

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

…with paint, hooks and some fun words! Goodbye 1985!

Hello there, Sunshine. 🙂

The updates were simple, but it is so much cuter now. This is Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

I gave it a light sanding before using my Silhouette Cameo (I have this one) to add the graphics…

I used my Silhouette Cameo to add the graphics

I used acrylic craft paint and a small brush to paint in the letters. (You can also see I taped off the chalkboard area before painting.)

See how to print your own designs with your Silhouette HERE.

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

Then I very lightly sanded across the letters, and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

The hooks add more function:

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

These were a bronze color. I spray painted them black, then white. HERE are the exact ones I used. I bought them a long time ago for another project but never used them.

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

I used this fun piece to hang necklaces, but it would be even better by the door to hang keys or leashes. I borrowed that shelf from the wall going to my garage. I found it years ago at HomeGoods, and forgot how cute it is.

You might remember the flowers from my dining room hutch.

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

I love that this had a place to put the chalk.

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

I taped off the frame and sprayed the chalkboard part with a fresh coat of Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint.

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

Hopefully you’re not too disappointed that this isn’t a suitcase. 🙂

Update an old chalkbaord by painting and adding hooks.

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this thrift store tray:

Meanwhile I’ll still be working on that suitcase. 🙂

UPDATE: Check out how I updated this little tray HERE now!

OH and I finished the suitcase too! See how it turned out HERE. 🙂

See ya’ll Thursday!



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  1. chris aka monkey says

    the thing about your blog i like the most is i never know what kinda majic i am going to find when i scroll down, this is so cute xx

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    I thought that I was the only one that had projects that went astray. I love the chalk board you sent in its place, very cute. I always look forward to your post, you could never disappoint.

    • Ha ha nope! I added some stripes and a stencil, but I wasn’t loving it so heading in a different direction! Glad you enjoyed the chalkboard! XOXO

  3. I’m never disappointed Christy. Love the chalkboard and I’m sure we will see the suitcase soon. Plans change in our lives and we just have to deal with them. Looking forward to Thursday to see what you do with the tray.

    • Thank you, Janice! Yep sometimes plans change, and you just gotta roll with it! See ya Thursday! ????

  4. Christina in FL says

    Christy, this is super cute and fun-ctional. 🙂 Love the color and hooks are brilliant.
    What kind of hanging device(s) did you use?
    Create on!~

  5. I just love seeing what you do with your “finds”. Great job on the chalkboard!

  6. Hi Christy. What a cute transformation!!! I love it!! Can’t wait to see what you did with the tray. I love trays and use them a lot in my home. Have a great day.

  7. Love a good thrift store find! And you, my dear, gave it some much needed love. It’s so pretty!

  8. Marcie Lovett says

    $5? I would have laughed had I seen that. And kept walking.

    Of course, something that everyone else walked away from became something magnificent after you had your way with it, Christy. You’re going to need some more smalls, because this isn’t going to last long in the booth. Beautiful and functional!

    • Thanks, Marcie!! I almost didn’t get it…I thought $5 was too much too lol! Glad I picked it up though! XOXO

  9. There’s that dang silhouette machine (that I still don’t have) put to good use again. Very nice refresh and like how you added functional hooks. I did not know Rustoleum made chalkboard spray paint (finger’s crossed it’s available here in Canada) because it’s just been added to the top of my shopping list.

    • Thanks, Marie! Girl you need to break down and buy a silhouette! Mother’s Day? There is so much you can do with them. And yes check out the spray paint, it’s my favorite for chalkboards! XOXO

  10. I love it!

  11. It’s amazing how paint and creativity can take something you would never display in your house and make it adorable.
    Still looking forward to the suitcase 🙂

  12. Sherry M says

    What product did you use to create your stencil? Thanks

  13. This came out adorable. You make magic every time. And you don’t have to worry about disappointing us…not even possible. Looking forward to the suitcase though.

    • Thank you so much, Carole! I hope to get that suitcase done this week! 🙂 XOXO

  14. Awesome Christy! That is just like I like to do it 🙂 Great makeover!

  15. See… no skipping on your posts! (see my comment on the booth update post). This chalkboard is SUPER cute!

  16. Love your blog and ideas. Where do you buy the Annie Sloan clear wax?