Hey party people!! Today is my kiddos’ first day back at school woohoo yippee yahoo. For them…I am squealing with delight for them of course as I know how totally psyched they have been to get back to school. 😉
Seems like a perfectly good day to share a little thrifty upcycle, don’t you think? It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday so make sure you stick around to see four other fabulous upcycles from my talented and thrifty friends, at the bottom!
I am sharing what I did with this $1.50 thrift store picture and yard sale knobs:
Looking at it now, it matches my fall décor! The picture was only cardboard though, so I removed it and created this instead:
It’s a chalkboard and a place to hang your favorite necklaces…or lanyards…or whatever else might fit on a small knob.
Have you ever made a chalkboard before? If you haven’t, it is so simple. I make and sell a ton of them, but rarely share them because it would be a lot of repetition.
I use hardboard to make mine. It’s like pegboard, but without the holes and I get it from The Home Depot. I’ve included affiliate links so you can see the products I’ve used. Read my full disclosure here.
Here’s a quick how-to if you’ve never made one, but would like to…
I use my cordless jig saw to cut it to the size I need…
If I’m making several, I will use my table saw. The helpful people at Home Depot will also cut it to the size you need if you don’t have a saw at home.
Then I sprayed it with two coats of Rustoleum’s Chalk Board Spray Paint:
This is the best one I have used. I prefer the spray-on to the brush-on because I like that the spray leaves no brush marks.
When that dries, you need to “season” the surface by rubbing chalk all over, or the first thing you write will be there faintly forever supposedly. I haven’t tested that theory out myself.
Then just wipe it away with a soft cloth.
Insert the chalkboard into your frame that has already been painted, waxed, etc. This is the Logan Point Driver that I’ve mentioned a couple of times. This thing makes life so easy if you make a lot of these things.
If you don’t have one, don’t worry you can secure it using small finishing nails, hammering them into the frame similarly to how the points are inserted above. And that is it!
I found this bag of knobs at a yard sale for $3 last weekend:
I don’t love them, but thought I could use them here and there since I use a lot of knobs around here.
I used two on this project, along with two pretty glass ones, and the older one in the center that I saved from another project. These all screwed in from behind and luckily the frame was just the right depth that the screws fit snugly.
I added upholstery tacks in between for interest. I had planned to go all the way around with them, but those babies are stubborn!
So…along the bottom only!
Love the mixture of knobs…
Simple pieces like this are easy sells at my booth. I think it’s easier to justify a purchase if it’s for something that isn’t just pretty, but serves a purpose as well.
Here it is ready for market:
The little pouch is made from scraps and it holds a couple of pieces of chalk.
And we can’t forget to make the back pretty and add hanging hardware:
To finish off the back, I use matte Mod Podge like a glue and apply it with a chip brush to the back of the frame all the way to the edges. Then I add my paper. I like brown craft paper for this, but I can often find pretty patterned brown paper at HomeGoods. The one I used here came from Hobby Lobby.
I cut the paper on this one to fit before attaching since it was small, but I usually add the paper to one corner then use sandpaper along the edges to remove the excess paper, or a razor blade to trim the excess paper all around the edge.
I like these sawtooth hangers that screw in place fro hanging.
As promised, here are four more fun Trash to Treasure projects to see from my friends below!
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing this thrift store gem:
See you then! 🙂
UPDATE: Just like magic…see it HERE now!
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