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Thrift Score!

I’m excited to share our latest thrift score – a thrifted painting-turned-chalkboard!  DIY chalkboards are all the rave these days, and I must say, I’m quite a fan myself.  So, you can imagine my glee when I found this beauty at my local thrift store.  It still had the $130 Kirkland’s tag on the back, so I was definitely happy with the thrift store tag of $15!  It’s a great size, too, nice and big – about 27″X33″.

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Some painter’s tape and spray paint later, we had the perfect chalkboard!  And, it was finished just in time to be used at a dear friend’s baby shower.  It is such a statement piece, and I absolutely love it.  We plan to use it for our weekly menu, hanging in our dining room.

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Want to make one on your own?  Here are some tips:

1. Make sure the picture you’re painting over has a textured or rougher surface (not glass or a super smooth surface).  This will help the chalk grab on and works better as a writing surface.

2. Take time to tape around the spots you don’t want to get paint on!  This might mean you have to do 2 rounds (one round for the frame, one round for the chalkboard surface), but it’s totally worth it.

3. Put 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint on the surface.  This takes a little more time, but it will give you a more even look.  Make sure you allow the paint to dry in between rounds!

Looking for the right paint?  There are lots out there, but here’s what I used: Rustoleum Professional Spray Paint (frame) and Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint (surface)

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