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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.

Linking to



Washi Tape Chalkboard Flag ~ 4th of July Quick and Easy Craft | Cupcakes & Crinoline - Part 1

Friday 28th of June 2013

[...] it to have a bit of a rugged and worn look to it.  I eyed up the spacing of my washi tape on a chalkboard tray that I had made {Dollar Tree} and voila ~ a pretty darn cool Fourth of July ~ Independence Day [...]

Erika @ HomesteadSimple

Wednesday 1st of August 2012

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! PS. You've been featured! :)


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

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

Kathryn Griffin

Sunday 29th of July 2012

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


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

Thanks, Kathryn! Love your blog BTW : )


Wednesday 25th of July 2012

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!


Wednesday 25th of July 2012

Thanks so much! So exciting. : )


Wednesday 25th of July 2012

Super cute idea - these chalkboards could go anywhere. Thanks for sharing :-)