Dollar Store Chalkboard


About 16 months ago we made some shoestring upgrades to our bathroom with two splurges ~ a granite countertop and an oil rubbed bronze Tuscan faucet.  I do have pictures that I intend to post…someday, but until then I have this small decorator addition that cost me less than $1.50.  The bathroom mirror is the original from when the house was built in the 1970’s.  I have repainted it on three different occasions.  Once when I first bought the house, once when the bathroom was entirely gutted ~ the mirror was the only thing we kept, and last year when we did our upgrade.  I spray painted the mirror frame with a basic brown and then applied another coat of textured paint.  I had a lot of the paint left and wanted to add some crafty touches to the bathroom.  This chalkboard tray was so easy to make that I will probably be making more for other rooms in the house.

I started with a tray from the Dollar Tree.

I taped off the silver rim first using Duct Tape Clean Release Painter’s Tape. and painted the center with Chalkboard paint.

I used 5 coats of the chalkboard paint alternating the direction of each coat.

After several days I removed the tape and then placed tape over the center portion leaving the edges untaped {sorry I don’t have a picture of that}.

I spray painted with my base coat and then my textured top coat to match my bathroom mirror.

{The mirror above was my inspiration ~ I like the shape and frame details and the tray from the Dollar Tree matched it pretty well!}

Once it was all dry I hot glued a ribbon to the back adding a rhinestone finding from the clearance bin at Wal Mart as an accent to the ribbon.

I chalked over the surface in all directions covering thoroughly to prime the chalkboard {if you omit this step, you can’t use the chalkboard}.  After wiping it off it was ready to use.

That’s it ~ less than $1.50 and less than an hour of craft time.

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  1. I am all over this! looks great mb!
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  2. This looks fabulous! I don’t think anyone would know this came from the Dollar Tree. Do you know about Perhaps you could enter your project there. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hi Carrie ~ thanks so much for the link to the Dollar Crafts site…I am going to check it out! mb : )

  3. Rhiannon-Baked In The South says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up to our party!

  4. I love this!
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  5. Came over from Transformation to see your project. Love the chalkboard – gave me an idea about some old restaurant steak plates I have in the shed.
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  6. Fab makeover! Thanks for sharing

  7. I need to really take a good look at my dollar store. I always go but never seem to find any inspriation. I must not be looking hard enough.

    If you get a chance come link up your tutorial at my Pin Party.

  8. I love this idea…I have some of these trays lying around…gives me some ideas. And, maybe if I “spiffed up”…maybe even good gifts maybe? Hmmm..Thanks for sharing!

    Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter
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  9. That is very cute Mary Beth!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
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  10. What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing. Found you on Sugar Bee Crafts. Nichi
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  11. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

  12. This is a fantastic and frugal idea! I would love for you to share it and others on my new blog hop Frugal “I Did It!” Tuesday.
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  13. I love this amazingly thrifty idea! Thank you for sharing!!!
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  14. Super cute idea – these chalkboards could go anywhere. Thanks for sharing :-)

  15. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us on the Someday Crafts Facebook Page! I will be featuring your project Friday on our blog. Please stop back in and grab a Featured at Someday Crafts Button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. I keep forgetting about the dollar store! These look great! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  17. I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for linking up to “Home is Where the Heart is” Our link party is a great one because of you! We’d love to have you link up this week too! The party is open now!
    You’ve been featured! :)

    • Thanks so much, Erika ~ I already grabbed my “featured” button from your blog. I appreciate it! mb