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Trash to Treasure | Chalkboard Message Center

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

One of my favorite things to do is to refurbish "junk" into something else.  Sometimes, the junk has to sit awhile before I figure out what to do with it, but eventually I come up with something.  I love the challenge of figuring out another use for something I've purchased.

DIY Chalkboard Message Center made from a vintage frame and compartment on sewing machine door |

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

While shopping at my favorite "junk" dealer during my Thanksgiving weekend shopping trip last fall, I picked up a board that had hinges on the side, a fancy wood trim and scalloped edge on the bottom, and a wooden compartment sticking off the back.  I honestly had no clue what this board might have been when I bought it, but I loved the shape and detail of the board to paint on.  Well, after purchasing my sewing table recently and seeing that there was obviously a door that used to be on the front of the table, I finally figured out that is what I purchased last year.....the door off of a sewing table.  (Sometimes it takes awhile to even figure out what the "junk" is that you bought!)

I haven't done anything with the door yet, but I decided I'd pair the compartment from the back with a large, thin board from my scrap wood and a frame I bought at an estate sale last year (are you sensing a theme?....that it takes a long time for me to figure out what to do with things?!?!).  While they are three random pieces, I combined them to form a beautiful and functional chalkboard message center.  This is the type of piece you can hang in your mudroom to write messages and reminders for your family, hold the incoming and outgoing mail, store your keys, and......whatever else you can think of!

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

To make this chalkboard, I began by painting the frame and compartment in a creamy white chalk paint and the board in a gray chalk paint.  I really like the contrast of these two paint colors.

When the gray was dry, I painted a rectangle filled with three coats of chalkboard paint.  It was so much easier to do it before the frame was attached.  Everything got a coat of paste wax (aside from the space painted with chalkboard paint).  Then the frame and compartment were attached to the board using screws from behind the board.  Two D-hooks were attached to the back to hang the chalkboard on the wall.

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

I am thrilled with how this turned out.  I had rolled the idea around in my head for quite awhile before finally putting the project together.  Don't you love it when I something works out the way that you hoped it would?!!?  I love how distressed and worn everything is, including the board I built it on....There is a lot of chipping and marks in the wood, but that is perfect for pairing with the two old pieces.  Everything looks like it goes together.  Perfection!

Distressed finish on DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

DIY Chalkboard Message Center from

(Oh, and by the way, the inspiration for the writing on the chalkboard came from a great print on Etsy created by Lilly and Val.)

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