Custom Chalkboard for the Kitchen
So, the thing is… if you shop at garage sales, you have to be prepared to buy. Thoughts like: “What am I going to do with this?” or “Will this fit the space?” don’t seem to make it into that quick garage-sale-buy decision making process for fear the item will be gone if you turn around. I find this happening to me a lot. I see something I like, I buy it, THEN I think about what I’m going to do with it.
Since we moved into our house over two years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for a chalk board for my kitchen. I originally loved the idea of these modular chalkboard tiles featured in Pottery Barn. As with all of their awesome pieces though, they well exceeded my budget. They were $136.00 for a set of 4! Additionally, I wanted something custom – something with personality.
This summer, I struck gold when I found a huge chalkboard at a garage sale. It was 48″ by 60″ and love at first sight. The $40 price tag had it in our vehicle and on the way to my house in minutes. Here is the post-buy interview compliments of my dad, who’s on a mission to capture my pre “Hoarders” film.
When I got it home, the chalkboard didn’t fit. It was too wide for the wall I wanted to put it on. My dad came to the rescue and was able to cut the chalkboard down several inches while maintaining the wood trim around it. When he was finished, I customized it using my Cricut and vinyl – an additional $10 in materials.
Now, I have a massive customized chalkboard for the fabulous cost of $50! Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also helps our house stay organized with our weekly menu, a to do list, and shopping list. I think my impulse buy worked out perfectly; although I will admit that is not always the case.
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