Thrifty Thursday: Chalkboard Art.

I am a huge fan of our local thrift store. 

In our house, if an item isn't a hand-me-down from family members or a wedding gift, it came from the thrift store. We're just living the newlywed dream. Seriously, I need Dave Ramsey to start reading my posts...

Anyways, for weeks I had been in search of the perfect piece to make a copycat chalkboard I had seen at TJ Maxx. I adored the one I saw there, and knew it would be perfect in our dining room, but I wasn't willing to pay $50 (see that self control, Dave?). Plus, I knew I could make my own using a thrift store find.

I think those trendy, city kids would call this "upcycling"?

Finally, on a random trip to the thrift store, I found a huge mirror for $8. It looked like a mirror that had once been attached to a dresser.

 It was a lovely fake oak finish (we gonna party like it's 19...89) and the mirror was dingy.

  I fell in love.

I paid my favorite cashier and headed home with my haul. I covered the mirror with newspaper and spray painted the "wood" silver. I then painted the mirror with chalkboard paint. Then, I wrote on it with a fun verse I came across.

I plan on changing the verses more often in the new year. It was such a fun project for $8!

If you didn't already have spray and chalkboard paint, it would still only be around $15 total (buying the smallest bottles).

I love recycling. I love upcycling. I love only paying $8 for a functional conversation piece.

Happy thrifting!!


  1. You are so talented! Both in scouting out GREAT finds AND artistically......Love this and YOU!!

  2. Woo hoo!!! Way to go, Lizanne!!! Featured on All Things Pretty! Love you, cute girl!

  3. hey ashley i love this. great idea. and as always thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party.