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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
Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Sign
On one of my many trips to a local thrift store in town, I stumbled across this very beat up mirror that was marked down to $1.50. Most of the time I tend to get tunnel vision when I’m at thrift stores, and just can’t look past the beat up exterior of a piece. This time was different though. As soon as I saw the frame, I had this Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Sign pop in my head.
This is rare stuff folks! Most of the time I have a vision, but my final product turns out nothing like the original vision. This time, the finished version is exactly what I had dreamed up in my scattered little head.
This was a really easy upcycle too! I used my font transfer method that I’ve used here, here, here and here. The design is something I whipped up quickly in PicMonkey and printed out. This piece will help me complete a gallery wall I am working on for my living room makeover.
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How to make your own Home Sweet Home chalkboard sign:
What you’ll need:
- Decorative mirror, frame, etc (you can cut plywood to fit inside a frame)
- Chalkboard paint
- Chalk Paint (color of choice)
- Home decor wax
- Chalk markers
- Paint brush and foam brush
- Printer, scissors and pencil
- Rag or papertowels
- Start by cleaning the mirror and frame really well. Remove mirror from frame and set aside.
- Using a paintbrush, paint 2-3 coats of chalk paint onto the frame. Be sure to let it dry completely between layers, and let dry completely before applying wax.
- To finish the frame, rub or brush on home decor wax, wiping away any excess. There is not an exact science to this. I used the brown antique wax to give the frame depth and an aged look.
- Using a foam brush, paint chalkboard paint onto the backside of the mirror, or onto the plywood insert. I used the backside of the mirror so I wouldn’t have to use a primer that would stick to glass. Paint on 2-3 coats letting it dry between coats and dry overnight before moving on to the next step.
- Using the side of a piece of chalk, shade all over the chalkboard and wipe away with a dry rag. This will prime the chalkboard for use.
- I created my design mock up in PicMonkey, saved it as a JPEG and printed it out as an image. It fit almost perfectly in the frame.
- Next, shade all over the back of the printed image with chalk.
- Flip the image over and place it to fit in your frame. Secure with tape if needed.
- Trace over the design using a pencil to transfer the image onto the chalkboard. Make sure to press firmly to transfer the design completely.
- Pull up the image and you should be left with a ghost chalk outline of the design.
- Using the chalk markers, trace over the chalk outline and fill in areas as needed.
- Assemble mirror and frame back together and hang in desired spot.
Next to my Home Sweet Home chalkboard sign is that wooden letter “K” I picked up at Home Goods a few weeks ago. I was so in love it HAD to come home with me.
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Need some more inspiration?? Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ thrift store upcycle projects too!