Do you ever grab something at the thrift store without knowing what you’re going to do with it?
I absolutely do!
It’s one of the ways I thrift.
Last year I picked up a trio of cork backed placemats for $1 each.
Lovely, huh? 🙂
These weren’t the first set of rigid placemats I’d picked up from the thrift store. They’re pretty easy to find. Imagine that!
I stowed them in my supply cabinet, then promptly forgot about them until I did my big clean-out in January.
What Would You Make with Them?
That’s what I asked some readers last month. I threw out a challenge to see what kinds of ideas they could come up with to repurpose these little gems and there were three suggestions that were simply brilliant!
The contributing designers landed craft supply gift cards, and I got to have fun with their creative ideas!
This week I’m sharing the first of those projects, designed by reader Rosana Halprine.
Rosana’s idea used all three placemats, painted with dark chalkboard paint, then connected with twine to create three level message boards.
I decided to only use one and save the other two for other suggested projects, but you could easily expand this to 3 – or more – boards if you wish by just adding holes at the bottom of each placemat and additional twine.
Let’s Make a Chalkboard!
I started by drilling holes in the top corners and lightly sanding the surface. The price tag was really glued on there, and there were also some light knife marks I needed to smooth out. I used a medium-grit sandpaper just to scuff up the surface a little.
Next, it was time to paint. I used two coats of black chalkboard paint, letting it dry an hour between coats.
You’ve probably heard me say this way too many times, but it’s true…
A little paint can be totally transformational!
Wouldn’t you agree?
Since I only used one board, I decided to dress it up a little and rummaged around in my gemstone collection. I found some blue, green, and clear gems that worked well against the black background.
Every girl needs some gemstones in her life, right? And faux works just right in a pinch – or project. 🙂
First I laid out a pattern, then hot glued them in place (sans chocolate-covered dried cranberries this time).
I paired some white shimmery ribbon with the sparkly jewels and ta-da – this quick and easy repurposed project was done and ready to display the perfect DIY reminder.
No longer a stashed away corked backed placemat, this bedazzled chalkboard is sure to get way more use and attention than every before.
Many thanks to Rosana for her brilliant and creative idea!
Next time I’ll share the second project from this challenge – and it’s another winner!