Today is a Good Day

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Today is a good day to kick off March Madness! Well since it’s March first and all. I promised to share 31 thrifty makeovers in 31 days, and I am up for the challenge! I hope you’ll stick around and follow along with me!

To start things off, I am sharing this dough board I picked up at an estate sale for $2:


Now something like this I would not keep to use for food prep. I have to draw the line somewhere. But what else could you do with this?

Make a sign of course!

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

I love the positive sentiment.

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

I created the graphic in Photoshop elements: Today-is-a-Good-Day-to-be-HappyIf you’re interested, you can download it free here: Today-is-a-Good-Day-to-be-Happy

And in the reverse also: Today-is-a-Good-Day-to-be-Happy-Reverse

(Both for personal use only please!)

Then I printed it in the size I wanted through is perfect for enlarging graphics

Because I was transferring to a darker surface,  I rubbed chalk across the back and traced the letters from the front with a pen:

Transferring graphics using chalk

The chalk helps to transfer the image:

Transferring an image using chalk.

You can see other methods to transfer graphics here. Then I painted in the letters using acrylic paint and a script brush. The chalk just wipes away when you’re done. A good sanding smoothes out all the bumps in the paint. I sealed it with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

To give the sign a different look, I painted the board in one direction first, up and down. Then for the second coat, I painted going across. Kind of interesting!

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

Love that this little board has a new purpose now, to give the spirit a lift. 🙂

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

I thought this was a good one to start off with!

See all 31 March Madness Makeovers here:

31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!

March Madness {31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers}





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  1. Nice way to start off your March projects. 🙂 I take you have been busy restocking your shop with all your new DIY stuff? 😉

    • I thought it would be a positive way to get this series started. 🙂 I have been busy working on things for my booth, and January was my best month yet. Its a good thing because all the snow we’ve gotten this month has been terrible for business! This is helping to fuel the fire under my behind to get to work! XOXO

  2. Heather J says

    I Love this so mu h

  3. Christina says

    Fantastic project! I love the fabric look of the way you painted the board. 🙂 AND what a wonderful message to see all the time! 🙂 I choose happy! 🙂
    thanks so much!!

  4. I love the positive message. Great inspiration!

  5. That’s cool Christy. I seem to always get confused when it comes to transferring.. You make it look so easy. I’ll have to try out that website. Thanks

  6. Carolyn Price says

    Love it!! Love everything you do. You are one talented lady.
    One down. Thirty to go!? Can’t wait!

  7. Love this! What a great way to repurpose the old dough board.

  8. Sunflower says

    That is really nice! I enjoy your work. Thank you.

  9. Great sentiment on your lovely sign. 🙂 Deep breath…only 30 days to go! 😛


  10. Love the positive message Christy and great thrifty repurpose!

  11. What a great board and beautiful sign, Chrsty! I pinned it to my DIY board 🙂

  12. I love it Christy, how amazing that you used chalk to do it. Who are always full of wonderful surprises. Hugs, Jo

  13. Christy, I love the sign and the sentiment of the quote:). It turned out beautifully! – Tara

  14. Love that statement! Beautiful job, Christy!

  15. I have my great-grandmother’s cutting board, which looks very similar to yours. I sanded lightly to clean it up and applied vinyl letters saying, “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” It hangs on the wall behind my dining table. It can be seen on my LinkedIn page: