Thrift Store Chalkboard Makeover

I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget, or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts


Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

As you know already, thrift stores and flea markets are my second homes. So when I spotted this old chalkboard for only 0,50 € I didn’t think it twice and I grabbed it… I was not going to give anyone else a chance to get it. No no, she was coming home with me for a face lift!

Thrift Store Chalkboard Makeover - Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

A friend of mine has a big and pretty chalkboard in her kitchen, and every time I go visit her and I see it, my hearts melts. I thought I could do something similar but on the cheap way, so the first thing was to cut some thin plywood to fit inside the chalkboard.

Thrift Store Chalkboard Makeover - Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

I made some black DIY chalk paint to replace that ugly green color it had. I took a dry brush and some white paint and added a bit of white to the frame. The funniest part was to wrap the plywood with a pretty graphic I found. It looked so cute I decided to take a piece of scrap wood and do the same; that way I was going to have a chalkboard and a hanger for the kitchen. It only needed four hooks and some varnish.

Thrift Store Chalkboard Makeover - Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

I love it!! It has nothing to do with the chalkboard I bought and it took me less than an hour to do it!

It is the kind of projects I like most, cheap and frugal.

Thrift Store Chalkboard Makeover - Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

I hope you like it too. Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too! If you want to check some others makeovers and projects, you will find them at the Gallery.

Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. sherry says:

    Pili, when I saw that you were doing the Thrift Store Challenge also, I had to come look because I knew it would be good. This is geat!

  2. Linda at Mixed Kreations says:

    What a great makeover Pili! I love how it turned out and the matching kitchen hanger. I really like those graphic’s. I sure wish that I had more time so that i could participate in things like the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge, sounds like lots of fun.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Linda! I’ve seen lots of bloggers participating in challenges like this and always wanted to try, it’s been really fun!!

  3. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Pili I love the graphic you chose. It is perfect for the kitchen and the colors are so warm and pretty. I also think it was a good idea that you softened up the wood a bit with the white chalk paint. Beautifully done!

    • Pili says:

      Thanks, Kim! That’s the challenge too, make something pretty out of a thrift store find. The graphic helped, though 🙂

    • Pili says:

      There are not enough chalkboards at home, right? We have lots, this way the girls don’t fight for one.

      Thanks for stopping by, Chelc!

    • Pili says:

      Aww, thanks Julie!! That’s why I love thrift stores so much, lots of potential stuff looking for being discovered!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Erlene! My friend’s chalkboard was the inspiration, it is so pretty! But mine turned out cute too, I’m pleased with it!

    • Pili says:

      The print is so pretty that it gives the chalkboard that elegant look. Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Shirley Wood says:

    Your chalkboard turned out so cute. I love the fruit art details, so cute. I know you will enjoy your chalkboard in your kitchen too. This has been such a fun challenge to find fun ideas.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Shirley!! I agree, it has been really fun! I love to go thrift shopping and that chalkboard caught my eye!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Beverly says:

    Pili, your chalkboard makeover looks great. I love the details on it. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  6. JES says:

    I love how this came out and the possibilities are endless! I found you via Five Star Frou Frou. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Jes!! Welcome to my little corner, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave me your comment.

      Have a wonderful week!

  7. Life Loving says:

    What a lovely collection of upcycling projects. Your chalkboard looks fantastic. Did you use wood glue to affix the picture to the plywood or something else?

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Yes, I forgot to mention it in the post. I affixed the plywood with some wood glue, and then stacked some books on it until the next day.

      Thanks for visiting, Sally, I really appreciate you stopping by each week!

  8. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    What a great project. I love what you came up with, the graphic looks really great on the chalkboard. And on the hanger. This will really look great in your kitchen, all for a few pennies and a whole lot of imagination!

    • Pili says:

      Thanks Nikki. I had the graphics long ago and I wanted to use them on something. I agree they look great.

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