Friday, January 4, 2013

Goodwill Hunting (chalkboards)

It was a fantastic movie.

But that's really not what I am talking about here. I am talking about finds at your local Goodwill. Have you ever been to your local Goodwill? OR have you ever donated to one? I was first introduced when I lived in a small town in Nebraska while I was going to school. Then I moved away, and that was the end of that. I was reacquainted with Goodwill when I moved to Hawaii. There was one about a mile from our house. I found some pretty cool stuff there, including a pub-style table and a couple stools. SUPER CHEAP.

And so the love of Goodwill brings this post to you. If you happen to pop over to my other blog, you know that I have a love for chalkboards and chalkboard writings. I found a couple of old picture frames right away when we moved to North Carolina. They have been sitting in our dining room since about September.

Since deciding to keep up with the projects I already have going, I began the taking apart one of the pictures I had picked up. It had a photo that was printed in the 70's of a cross. Unfortunately, the backing on the picture was truly disgusting, so it was removed.

I lightly sanded the frame to give it some texture. Next, I put a coat of Valspar's Mystique on the frame with a sponge brush. It's a color sample I picked up at the big blue hardware store. I didn't paint it completely solid because I knew I was going to sand it again after it was dry. I took it outside and gave it light scuff here and there.

With the frame done, I cleaned the glass that was inside of it and painted it with Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint, rolling it on with a small roller. It took about 3 coats, and says you need to wait 3 days for it to cure. After the glass was all dry, I put it back together with the frame.  (The other chalkboard you see in the photo on the right is the back to another project I will post next week.)

{We received this pretty little container from J's auntie for Christmas. Isn't it awesome?!}

And there she is. Standing so tall and proud to be in our kitchen, for now. I am not quite sure where I will be putting her, but until she is completely cured, she will stay here.

If you are wondering about Chalkboard paint, it's really the simplest thing to use. I got mine at the five and dime store last spring. You can usually find coupons for 40%-50% on a single item at those kind of stores. With a good stir, and sponge brush you can be on your way in no time. If you do paint something, let me know, won't you?

So what do you think?

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Miss T


  1. I think they are so cool, my only problem I can't
    write as neat and nice like you do.

  2. And you thought all that doodling was for nothing when I was growing up, Mom!! :o)


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