Chalkboard Stands from Table Legs

Karen, The Weekend Country Girl, has been on a mission to clear out all of the stuff in her garage.  She spotted this long-forgotten table with sweet spindle legs and inspiration struck immediately.  She decided to repurpose those spindle legs.


The idea that Karen came up with was to use the spindles to make chalkboard stands.  She had her husband take apart the table and cut the spindles into equal pieces.  Using pieces of scrap wood and old shelves, they put together little stands.  After painting the stands white, Karen painted the front face of each stand wit chalkboard paint.  Decorative hardware from her stash was added to the front of each chalkboard frame for a little added pizzazz.  These made a terrific gift for the members of Karen’s craft group!


View the tutorial for these chalkboard stands at The Weekend Country Girl.

Valentine Storage Jars

After-Christmas-blues getting you down?  Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so if you need a little pick-me-up from the January blahs, I suggest doing a Valentine craft, like this cute one made from baby food jars by Courtney of Crafts by Courtney.

baby food jars

After spotting some adorable Valentine jars at her local crafts store, Courtney decided that she could recreate the look with the empty, glass baby food jars that she had on hand.  She spray painted both the jars and their lids in bright, happy colors.  On one side of each jar, she added a chalkboard vinyl sticker in the shape of a heart.  Now Courtney has the perfect spot to store buttons, pins….or her stash of conversation hearts!


Click over to Crafts By Courtney to learn more about this project.

Old Window Becomes an Industrial-Chic Chalkboard

You may have spotted this project by Mindy of My Love 2 Create over at Knock Off Decor.  It’s one she originally shared at My Repurposed Life.  She started out withan old window that a friend had passed along to her.


Inspired by Restoration Hardware’s industrial chalkboards, Mindy decided to turn the old window into a chalkboard.  After removing all of the hardware, she painted the glass with several coats of chalkboard paint.  Mindy cut some fake rivets out of chipboard and attached them to the corners of the window frame for an industrial vibe using glue and upholstery tacks.  Once the faux rivets were in place, she used several different colors of spray paint to give the frame the look of rusted metal, and her industrial-style chalkboard was complete.  How awesome is that?  I can’t even tell it’s not actually metal!


Find out more about this project by visiting My Repurposed Life.

Chalkboard Fall Decor

Over at Stow & Tell U, Amy came up with a fun way to decorate for Fall on the cheap.  She turned simple cardboard shoebox lids into chalkboards!


Amy had several  shoeboxes that she was almost ready to throw out.  Inspiration struck, when she realized that the cardboard lids were shaped and sized similarly to canvas frames.  Instead of tossing them, Amy painted the lids with chalkboard paint.  After priming the faux canvases with chalk, Amy began incorporating them in to her Autumn decor, with lots of “Fall” words.  “I decorated these lids with Fall sayings and what not, but they can be erased and re-chalked  for any season or no season at all,” she says.  Super cute!


Find out more about these faux chalkboard canvases at Stow & Tell U.

Chalkboard Succulent Planter

While trash-picking one day, Emily from Elizabeth Joan Designs found a couple bags cheap, ugly baskets and vases.  She was pretty sure she could figure out some new uses for them, starting with this square glass vase.


My love for chalkboards helped determined the fate of this little guy,” Emily admits.  She layered on a few coats of black chalkboard paint over the glass.  After it dried, she primed the chalkboard surface with chalk before having some fun with chalked designs.  Planted with a succulent, this former piece of trash is now a quirky, cute addition to Emily’s home.


Visit Elizabeth Joan Designs to learn more about this project.

Printables for July 4th

Happy Birthday, America!  I thought it would be fun to help you show your patriotic spirit with some free printables, today.

Free Printable Collage

Showcasing quotes from two of our greatest Americans, these graphics are perfectly sized for printing out as 8×10 pictures.  Print them out and then look around in your stash of frames (we all have those, right?).  Maybe you could paint one frame red and one frame blue…..but use what you’ve got, Roadkill Rescue style!  Simply save each picture below to your drive and upload to your favorite photo printing service, or print them out at home. Enjoy!

george washington quote chalkboard printable

Abraham Lincoln Quote Chalkboard Printable

Easy, Busy Fun for Kids from a Box

Katie from The Casual Craftlete shares a cute repurposing project that is inexpensive and will help keep a child busy this summer.  Sweet!  This one started with the small wooden box that was packaging for one of the toys her daughter got for Christmas.  Finding it hard to toss good wood, Katie had saved it.


When she rediscovered this wood tray recently, Katie noticed her daughter had colored the bottom of it with her crayons.  Inspiration struck!  She tell us, “This give me the brilliant idea to paint the inside of the crate with chalkboard paint.”  Naturally, her daughter loves it!  She has a space to draw and write using the chalk, and the sides of the box make it possible for her daughter to tote around her art supplies.  Great idea!


Click over to The Casual Craftlete to get more details on this project.

Cabinet Door Chalkboard for Spring

An old cabinet door was just what April from House By Hoff needed for her spring mantel.  It didn’t go on the mantel as an actual door, however.  Check out the transformation!


April reimagined this small door (once part of a vintage dry sink) as a chalkboard.  She painted the whole thing white before filling in the center with chalkboard paint.  She removed the original, wood knob and replaced it with a sweet birdie drawer pull.  Now the chalkboard bears a Spring message and looks great on April’s mantel!


Visit House By Hoff to learn more about this cabinet door to chalkboard transformation.