A Thrifty Project

Let me tell you a story about an old barn window. An old barn window that I got some time ago from my stepsister. An old barn window that all the glass fell out of, and I later learned that that glass was actually some kind of fancy antique glass. An old barn window that sat around and sat around, collecting dust and being passed up for more pressing projects. An old barn window that, after many paint jobs, sandings, and more paint jobs – has FINALLY been repurposed into a chalk/corkboard! YES!

Step 1: Procure old barn window

Step 1: Procure old barn window

First, I sanded this bad boy down before I could repaint it. I used an electric sander because it’s way easier than doing it by hand, and I like easier. If you are getting into restoration, invest in a sander! Or buddy up with someone who has one, like I do!

Step 2: Sand down procured window

Step 2: Sand down procured window

Obviously, I could have sanded it down completely, but that’s unnecessary. You just need it sanded down enough to paint another coat over it.

Then…I got the plywood from a home improvement store and had it cut there. I also got the backing there too, it was a thicker cardboard that could withstand being hung on the wall or any other beating it would take. I measured the plywood and painted half of it with chalkboard paint. The other half, I used spray mount to attach the corkpaper and the foamy backing.

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Note…I had to apply quite a few layers of chalk paint to get it thick enough to write on.

Then it sat around. Sat around while I completed all of my Christmas projects. Sat around while I laid on the couch, declaring that I was too tired after Christmas to work on anything for the next year or so. Sat around until I finally decided that I really wanted a cork/chalkboard and decided to finish it.

Raise your hand if you can see the gap

Raise your hand if you can see the gap

Here was one problem, though….the wood was too small and didn’t fit in the frame! There was a gap on one side! But my stubborn self decided that I would just put something over the gap to cover it. Now that it was time to put it all together… I found some old fabric that I loved and cut enough of it so it would cover the cork portion and I could pull it over to staple it to the back with a staple gun.

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Note: I used a craftsmart chalk pen, and to be honest….I’m not too excited about it. I’m going to look around for a better quality one. Please let me know if you know of any!

It was my first time ever using a staple gun (I think) and I loved it. I wanted to staple EVERYthing in the house! Then, I got over that feeling and continued. I stapled the wood to the frame so it would stay put, since it didn’t fit perfectly. Had it been measured correctly, I probably wouldn’t have needed to staple it down. Then I stapled the back on, and it’s done!

I’m waiting to attach a hanger to it so it can go up on the wall, or I might keep it on top of the dresser. Not sure yet. But I do know that I love it.

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What thrifty projects are you working on? Post a link in the comments and share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google + with the hashtag #staythrifty. You can also find more thrifty inspiration on my Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

Nothing really gets my engine going like a good thrift store. Given the opportunity, I could spend hours upon hours just looking through the clothes and imagining all of the cool ways I could transform them. Thrift stores hold so many stories and memories, and you can find pretty much anything you’re looking for. Except for stand-up cheese graters. Apparently you can’t find those there.

Anyway, while online thrift stores can’t offer the feeling that you get when you walk into that big door of upcycling opportunity, they do offer an option to buy affordable clothing and household items online if you don’t have the chance to spend hours in the thrift store. Just think, you’re kid can’t throw anything out of the shopping cart if it’s online! Here are a few online thrift stores, and some even offer to buy your clothes! This will come in handy when I fit into my old clothes…whenever that happens!

Image belongs to ThredUp

Image belongs to ThredUp

thredUP – An online thrift store that only offers clothing, but they offer cool maternity clothing, which is always a big hit for me. When I was pregnant, it was hard to find maternity clothes that I liked, and what I did find, was expensive. The maternity market is so small, designers are able to charge insane prices for clothes that we wear for a few months and then are more than happy to dispose of, even if those super stretch pants are super comfortable. You can also ship your clothes for a possible sale, but it’s subject to a pretty strict inspection. If it passes, they’ll pay you 40% of the resale value upfront. They also pay for pick up and delivery, all you need to do is order a free thredUP Clean Out bag online. *SPECIAL DEAL: USE CODE AUG15 FOR $15 OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE! SPECIAL ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT! (8/9/13)*

Image belongs to Notnu

Image belongs to Notnu

Notnu – Notnu is another online thrift store that offers cute clothes, accessories and jewelry for a good price. Pretty much everything is $5 on that site, and some items are even less! No maternity section, but I’m sure as they get more clothes, that will happen. I don’t see an option to sell your own stuff online, but the shop is run completely by one person, Whitney Strouse, and only opened two years ago so there may be an option for that in the future, who knows! Either way, this is a killer store and an awesome idea.

Image belongs to WebThriftStore

Image belongs to WebThriftStore

WebThriftStore – This online thrift store offers clothing, furniture, household items and a whole lot more. The most amazing thing about this store is that all of the proceeds from each item sold go toward the designated charity. So, whoever is selling this item will choose a charity, and when the item is purchased, the proceeds go there. The prices are a little higher, but there’s a lot to choose from, and it all goes to a good cause.

Know of any cool online thrift stores? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #onlinethriftshop. Check out my Pinterest for more online thrift shops!