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!

  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!

    1. Hi Carrie ~ thanks so much for the link to the Dollar Crafts site...I am going to check it out! mb : )

  3. Donna Wilkes says:

    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.

  4. I love this idea...I have some of these trays lying me some ideas. And, maybe if I "spiffed up"...maybe even good gifts maybe? Hmmm..Thanks for sharing!

    Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter

  5. That is very cute Mary Beth!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch says:

    What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing. Found you on Sugar Bee Crafts. Nichi

  7. 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.

  8. I love this amazingly thrifty idea! Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Geneva!

  9. Super cute idea - these chalkboards could go anywhere. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Missy@SomedayCrafts says:

    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!

    1. Thanks so much! So exciting. : )

  11. Kathryn Griffin says:

    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

    1. Thanks, Kathryn! Love your blog BTW : )

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

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