Thrift Store Makeover: Message Board

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!
I walked into the thrift store with a purpose: find a piece I could makeover into something practical for our family.  At any given moment I have 3 or 4 projects in progress, but that doesn't stop me from looking out for future projects, especially when I go to the thrift store. *wink*  I picked up one piece in particular that I thought was kind of ugly, but looked a little closer and found that it had some really great features and I knew what I wanted to do with it: a mini message board.

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The entrance to our garage is through our laundry room, which means we end up dropping a lot of things in there that don't really belong.  Because it's how we enter and exit our house 90% of the time, it's also a good place to leave reminders or notes and have a place to leave our keys.  The piece I found had a small cork board and a place for a picture with two hooks at the bottom, however, the color was all the same boring brown.  Thankfully, it wasn't anything a little paint couldn't fix.

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!

As I was getting ready to paint, I noticed that there was a little separation on the top right side so I grabbed some super glue (I used this brand) and glued it together and then borrowed my husband's clamps to hold it all together.  A few hours later and I was ready to paint.

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!

The back of the message board has tabs over each of the sections which makes them super easy to remove and I didn't have to tape off anything (#winning).  I did two coats of white chalk paint, but oddly enough it didn't cover the brown like I thought so I did two more coats of white acrylic paint to finish it off.

For the cork board, I painted it a turquoise/teal color with some acrylic paint.  I have this color scattered throughout my house (here and here) so this was a good way to tie it in and add a pop of color in my laundry room.  I added a button and a mini clothespin to a couple of push pins using some super glue that we can use to leave notes.

The space above the picture looks kind of like wicker, which I don't love, but I liked the texture it added so I decided to spray paint it the same gray color as the two hooks at the bottom which tied it all together really well.  (I used Rustoleum Granite in a satin finish.)

*TIP: Screw the hooks into a piece of cardboard so they don't move when you spray paint them.  This way you also spray the tops of the screws so they aren't a different color than the hooks.

Screw hooks into a piece of cardboard before you spray them to keep them from moving around.

I printed off a fun picture of our family from Valentine's Day this year and popped it in the frame, then I hung it on the wall next to our garage door.

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!

Use super glue to stick buttons and mini clothespins to push pins for and fun and custom update.

Use super glue to stick buttons and mini clothespins to push pins for a fun and custom update.

Turn a thrift store find into a fun message board makeover!

What do you think?  Could you see something like this in your home?  I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that it will prevent lost keys. *wink*

Inspire My Creativity: 13 bloggers, 13 projects.  Come be inspired with a new theme each month and then link up with your own post!

Now, I have to tell you that I've been looking forward to today's post for a few weeks and I'm so excited it's finally here!  Starting today, and every second Wednesday of the month, I will be co-hosting a new link party called Inspire My Creativity.  Each month, a group of talented ladies and myself will be sharing a project based around a theme.  You can check out each of their blogs below:

Meredith  |  The Designer DIY
Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Emy  |  Semigloss Design
Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Kim  |  Creigh-ations
Candice  |  She's Crafty

As you may have guessed, this month our theme is thrift store makeover.  I'd love if you took a minute to look through and see what each of the hosts were able to makeover this month.  Feel free to add your own thrift store makeover project to the link up and use the hashtag #InspireMyCreativity on social media!




Here is next month's theme!  We'd love to have you join us and share your chalk paint projects on Wednesday, August 9th.

Inspire My Creativity: 13 bloggers, 13 projects.  Come be inspired with a new theme each month and then link up with your own post!

12 comments

  1. I'm always losing my keys.. I definitely need to look for something like this for my hallway!

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  2. What a cute makeover! I could definitely use a key holder and more organization in my house!

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  3. Such a great thrift store find!! I have been on the look out for one of those myself. Great job. It looks amazing.

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  4. I love thrift store makeovers! I try to hit up my favorite at least once a month. That's a great tip about screwing hooks into cardboard for easy spray painting. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love this upcycle Shani! It's always nice to make something functional. :)

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  6. I love how it turned out!! We can't ever find out keys so this would be really useful for us!!

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  7. I love it! So cute AND practical. :)

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  8. I love the thrift store makeover theme. I wish I was more creative when it comes to home decorating crafty ideas. I love what you came up with!

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  9. I love the colors you picked! I linked up an OLD project, lol. I don't visit many thrift stores these days with my little ones, takes all the fun out of the experience when I have to chase them everywhere! ;)

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  10. What a nice transformation! We need one of those too....off to the thrift store!

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  11. So handy! I love what a little paint can do!

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  12. I LOVE the color you picked and this project! What a great, personalized way to hold your keys!

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