Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Sign–Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

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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!

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Meet the Hosts

Spring 2016Thrift Store Upcycle

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. 

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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.

Home Sweet Home (1 of 1)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:

  1. Start by cleaning the mirror and frame really well. Remove mirror from frame and set aside.
  2. 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.Home Sweet Home (3 of 11)
  3. 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. Home Sweet Home (5 of 11)
  4. 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.Home Sweet Home (4 of 11)
  5. 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.Home Sweet Home (8 of 11)
  6. 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.Home Sweet Home (6 of 11)
  7. Next, shade all over the back of the printed image with chalk.
  8. Flip the image over and place it to fit in your frame. Secure with tape if needed.Home Sweet Home (7 of 11)
  9. Trace over the design using a pencil to transfer the image onto the chalkboard. Make sure to press firmly to transfer the design completely.
  10. Pull up the image and you should be left with a ghost chalk outline of the design.Home Sweet Home (9 of 11)
  11. Using the chalk markers, trace over the chalk outline and fill in areas as needed. Home Sweet Home (10 of 11)
  12. Assemble mirror and frame back together and hang in desired spot.

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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. 

Thrifted mirror upcycled into a beautiful "Home Sweet Home" chalkboard sign.

More upcycled decor:

Need some more inspiration??  Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ thrift store upcycle projects too!


  1. This is new to me. I have never heard of chalkboard markers. Love the finished product. Thanks for sharing something so lovely and simple!

  2. I’m so glad you were able to look past the rough appearance of this piece – it’s absolutely gorgeous now! 🙂

  3. This mirror makes a perfect chalkboard and it’s going to look great in your living room as a part of your gallery wall.

    Thanks so much for organizing this challenge. I had so much fun reading through all of the projects and getting inspired.

  4. Your chalkboard is perfectly adorable! I’ve been trying out a few different transfer methods lately and this one is one my list – the results are terrific.

    Thank you so much for organizing the challenge – maybe we can make it a monthly event? 🙂

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