Thrifty Thursday! DIY Chalkboard Finds!

A long time since a thrifty post! Now that I am getting settled in Arizona, I finally checked out some thrift stores in my area!

My first find was NOT a thrift store find but a trash find… it was bulk collection last week and while on my daily walk with Kalia I saw this frame:

I picked it up and realized it was a chalkboard and took it home! The frame looks nicer in the picture than it did in real life.  It was grimy with brown spots all over the gold that did not remove when cleaning.

I knew spray painting the frame would be a simple fix.  The back was completely stapled on, so instead of removing all those staples to get the chalkboard out, I taped it up with some ScotchBlue tape and newspaper and sprayed!
I used blue because I was co-hosting a jungle themed baby shower with blues and greens, so here is a sneak peak of the party with the makeover reveal! (A full post of the jungle themed shower with a couple DIYs will come later!)

My next find was a thrift store find for $1.99-
Four little signs that did not look like anything special, but I thought the jagged appearance looked “jungley” (I used this word a lot during the baby shower prep…)
Again, I went with the Scotchblue tape and some newspaper to cover the stick part and I used Chalkboard spray paint for the first time!  It was awesome! 
All you need to do is two coats to make a chalkboard surface.  It was much easier than pulling out a can of chalkboard paint and cheaper.  I figured on such a small surface the spray paint would work well and it did!
And for another peek of the party:
Yes, I have terrible handwriting, but I can spray paint?
I wish I wrote Please Take Five! We had so many animal crackers left! 
If you want to make your own chalkboard frame check out my DIY for a magnetic chalkboard frame!
Also, check out Thrifty Finds from the past!
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  1. Tamsyn

    January 28th, 2013 at 6:29 am

    That chalkboard is such a great find and I love the color you painted it! I seriously need to get back out there and do some more thrifting, but the thought of doing it with both my boys in tow sends shivers down my spine!

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