Lamp to Memo Chalkboard

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

If you’ve been following March Madness, welcome back! It’s day #4 of my 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days! Today I’m sharing what I did with the goldalicious pineapple lamp I received in my Swap it Like it’s Hot package.

I received these two items from my friend, Shanna at Restoration Redoux for this fun challenge:


I shared what I did with the basket yesterday, but I saved the lamp for today. I told you yesterday that it was no longer gold and it was no longer a lamp. Both are true!

This was kind of cute as is, but the lighting was super dull and I have no need for a tiny lamp, so before I could think twice I cut off the cord and took it apart…

Turn a small lamp base into a perfect memo chalkboard.

Now what do I do with it? Honestly it sat looking at me like this for several days, then the threaded piece sticking out at the top gave me an idea.

I went looking for a frame and found this in my garage that cost 75¢ at a thrift store:


I used a 3/8 inch drill bit to drill a hole in one end…


Then I screwed it right onto the threaded piece of the lamp that was at the top!

Here’s what it turned into:

Turn a thrift store lamp and frame into a memo chalkboard!

How cute is this?

I gave the frame a coat of gold spray paint first then spray painted them both in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.  A little sanding here and there to bring out some details, and a piece of chalkboard cut to fit the frame and voila! (See how to make a chalkboard HERE.)

Turn a small lamp base into a perfect memo chalkboard.

This would be perfect to put by the phone to jot a number down or write a quick message.

Turn a small lamp base into a perfect memo chalkboard.

The chalk rests right on part of the pineapple.

Turn a small lamp base into a perfect memo chalkboard.


Turn a small lamp base into a perfect memo chalkboard.


Fun Memo Board from a lamp and picture frameHow simple was this project?? Easy is the best!

Here is another I created the same way for a giveaway:

Lamp turned Chalkboard memo board

I’ll be back tomorrow for day #5 sharing what I did with this sewing machine table:



UPDATE: See how I updated this little table HERE now!



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  1. Clever, clever idea. Can you erase from cardboard? Thanks, for sharing. Jo

  2. Oh This is great! I can’t wait to see what you make over each day! I really loved the covered basket, and this looks so much better as a memo board, Love It!

  3. Wow, so cute! I love painting pieces white, it really shows off the details and this is no exception! Such a creative solution.

  4. So cute and useful! I love how you’ve repurposed an item that was no longer useful to you in it’s original form. Good job!

  5. Totally brilliant. I will need to start looking for an old lamp to make my own verision.

  6. So cute! I love pineapples and I was wondering what you were
    going to transform that into. Great job!!

  7. Love it! You are so so clever!

  8. This is a fantastic idea!

  9. I absolutely love what you did with the lamp!! I think it’s the best of all the makeovers yet!

  10. Well, looks like I’m headed to the resale shops and Re-Store on my lunch hour today. Love this idea – flippin’ ingenious!

  11. I love this! Its so cute and tropical

  12. I love this! Its so cute and tropical

  13. Ohhhh, this is fantastic! I am so jealous of creative thinkers.
    You did a fantastic job.

  14. You are just soooooo clever!

  15. Donna Huisinga says

    This is soooo clever! Can’t wait to see what you do every day!

  16. Once again, SO DANG creative and cute! You’re the master of creativity Christy! Thanks for the inspiration~

  17. Nice job. After having lived in Hawaii I love seeing pineapples in decor, especially since they symbolize “welcome”.

  18. You are brilliant!!! I bet she is sorry that she gave away that basket too! Both projects turned out great….as always. You’re the bomb!!!!….does anybody say that anymore? Keep up the good work!!!

  19. Shut up!!! LOL That is one sweet memo board perfect for a kitchen (being a pineapple and all). Love the chalked message “Call Mom”…always always call Mom (I need to remind my son of that – haven’t heard from him in weeks).

    • Isn’t this so cool? I wrote that on it before I sent a pic of it to show my Mom and just left it on there lol. I hope my boys call me every once in a while!

  20. I love, love, love it! Very nice job.

  21. Therese Wescott says

    Oh! I really like it. I have been wanting a chalkboard for that very thing!

  22. Sue Farmer says

    I just cannot believe how clever you are!! When I saw the heading “Lamp to Memo Chalkboard” I thought ??? It is so cute!!! I want one.:)

    • Thanks, Sue! Ha ha I thought the title might throw people, but it made a pretty good chalkboard with the help of that frame. My Mom already claimed this one lol. 🙂

  23. Donna Lee says

    Love all the white paintings, the chalkboard is really cute. Keep saying I’m gonna try chalk paint. Just love checking out what you do next.

  24. Seriously brilliant Christy!!!

  25. Love it! So very unexpected and creative! 🙂

  26. I have two of these exact lamps – I am so going to do this!! One for me…and one for my sister! 🙂

  27. This is absolutely awesome! I love the combination and the outcome….you are genius girl!

  28. Now THAT is the cutest thing ever! I can’t believe it! I never in a million years would have thought of this, and even as I was reading I was thinking “yeah, but what does it look like… I’m not gonna like this one.” Wrong! It has to be your color choices that make some of your projects so amazing.

  29. I love your lamp make over. Small lamps have been hard for me to find. Can you tell me where you found yours?

    • Hi Karen, this lamp was part of a flea market swap where we swapped thrift store finds with other bloggers and transformed them. This is one of the items I received. A reader told me that she bought one just like it at Dollar General though for $5, so maybe try there? The thrift stores are a great place to look too! 🙂

  30. Christy, I cannot believe you made this darling Memo charlkboard from a lamp and I saw it on Hometalk too. Brilliant!! If you have a minute we’d love for you to come and link this up at our Something to talk about link party that just went live this morning. have a great day, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  31. Very Cute!!

  32. This is probably my favorite of all the swaps!!! Brilliant! Now I want to find a cute, small lamp to make my own memo board!!!

    • Aww thanks! I was so happy with how this came together. It was so easy to do and I’ve been on the hunt for small lamps myself ever since to make a few for my booth. My Mom already claimed this one.:)

  33. You KNOW I’m loving this creation! Congrats on being feautured at the DIY Sunday Showcase 🙂

  34. Christy, Well you know I LOVE love LOVe this and GREAT NEWS – YOU’RE BEING FEATURED TOMORROW!! YAY Across 7 blogs!!! Thank you soooo much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party and I hope you’ll join the party again tomorrow morning at 6 am est. See you there and have a great week, hugs, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  35. Well, li’l missy…you are DANG clever!!


  36. I love everything you do! I am a new fan and really enjoying your March Madness segment! What grade and type of sand paper do you use on your paint projects? Sometimes I end up taking off too much paint! Thank you! Lana

    • Thanks so much, Lana and welcome! I usually use 220 grit sandpaper, and it takes off just the right amount. Sometimes I’ll even use 320 grit for a super smooth surface. I like the 3M brand that is red and comes in 9X11 sheets. I cut them into four and wrap a piece around an old sanding sponge to sand. Occasionally I might use my rotary sander, but its more difficult to control how distressed you want your surface to be.

  37. What size frame did you use? Haven’t tried chalkpaint yet but getting ready to. Such a cute “purposeful’ idea, thank you.


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