Repurposed Chalkboard Sign from Curbside Finds

Many of you know each spring my pulse begins to quicken and my plans form on how I’m going to interact with the city spring clean-up. It’s a veritable potluck dream for a junker like me. Problem is, it’s so vast I can’t bring everything home, so I limit myself to only shopping my quadrant when it’s the appropriate time. Here are a couple of #trashure things I picked up just around my block. Do you know what they are? Well, what they’re going to become is a repurposed chalkboard sign – two of them. Woot!

Wooden Stands Before Repurposed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My first thought was these are a couple of different gentleman’s valets (or butlers), but then I think they looked more like TV tray stands. You know, so that it could hold 2 TV trays on each side. Either way, they’re wooden and so absolutely cute, so they had to come with me. Am I right?


First order of business was to get those frames sturdy. I did some mending with my nailer to give it all a nice tight frame. Then, I cut some boards to fill those empty spots in the middle. It was simple enough by laying the frames on my laminated ply sheet and cutting it out with my jigsaw.

Using Ryobi Jigsaw to Cut Wood for Chalkboards | Prodigal Pieces |

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Once the boards were cut out, I filled all the holes and spots with wood filler. Then that step was followed by a good sanding with my oribital sander to soften the edges and get the surfaces prepped for the next stage.

Sanding Chalkboard Sign with DeWalt Sander |

My extra special help joins in to help give the boards a couple of coats using one of my favorite Zibra paint brushes. We allow a hour or so between coats so it can fully cure, but that’s it! So easy.

Painting Repurposed Chalkboard Signs with Black Chalk Paint | Prodigal Pieces |


While those chalkboards are curing, now is the time to tackle the frames. I chose to pick some fun colors for them, because it’s…well…FUN! haha. For the one I chose this teal like I used on my cart in this post.

RustOleum Vintage Teal Spray Paint for Chalkboards by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Once the repurposed chalkboard signs are cured, it’s time to assemble them and then prime them. Not with paint, but with chalk. Just rub it your chalk all over and wipe off. My cutie helper had a blast making a mess. It’s super fun to do DIY jobs with kids, let me tell ya.

How to Prime Your DIY Chalkboard for the First Use by Prodigal Pieces |

This repurposed chalkboard sign could be for anything your imagination can dream up. My kids and I decided that one should be for a wedding. Particularly for JC and I because we are coming up on our 20th anniversary. Time flies!


The first frame that got the vintage teal color was assembled using my nailer again and attaching from the outside in. If you notice I cut the frame slightly smaller so that I could fit my fingers in to pick it up and move it around.

DIY Wedding Chalkboard Sign from Repurposed Items by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Sign for Any Occasion by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rather than put chalk art on it, I added some text in a photo editing software. However, if I had wanted to make this sign with chalk, I just follow these steps:

  1. print the design to scale
  2. rub the back of the print out with chalk
  3. tape the design to your chalkboard
  4. trace the design which applies it to the chalkboard
  5. fill in using chalk

TIP: You can use a pencil sharpener to sharpen basic school chalk and works as well as expensive chalk pens.

You could create a repurposed chalkboard sign for birthdays, a menu, bridal shower, a shop sign…you get the idea. I would use one for my brick and mortar shop that would read, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Shop @ Chain Stores”. tee hee hee! I love it!


Check out the super fun glossy yellow. I staged it with my own chalk design at my front door.

Welcome to Our Home Repurposed Chalkboard Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

How to Decorate and Welcome Guests with a Spring Front Door using Upcycled Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

While I’m waiting on the weather to let me plant more things and for my landscaping to fill it, this makes for a bright little sunshine spot. The wreath on my door came from another repurposed curbside find I shared last week. You can build those planters with my DIY build plans seen HERE.

Create this DIY Chalkboard Sign for Wedding, Birthday, Holiday, Shop, Menu and more. DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun repurposed chalkboard sign post. See why the spring clean-up is slightly addictive? Seriously. {{wink, wink}} If you love either of these chalkboards, you can find them available for purchase from my online shop. (both SOLD)

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Do pin and share this project to inspire others to see past the junk and see the trashure that awaits.

Create a repurposed chalkboard sign from a curbside find (aka. #trashure ) for your wedding, shop, birthday, welcome get the idea. Get the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #shopping

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where I will be sharing what I did with this. Any guesses? See my creation HERE in this post.

Underbed Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Also, more projects like this repurposed chalkboard sign:

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  • Janice

    As always, you are amazing!

    May 3, 2018 at 9:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love, Janice. 🙂

      May 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    You have the cutest helpers ever. I love what you did with these two.
    Also Happy Anniversary to you both.

    May 3, 2018 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are the best! Thank you, Jolinda.

      May 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Julia Bettencourt

    What a lovely project! They turned out fantastic! And yes, definitely tray table holders. I have the one of the left of your first photo, although I rarely use it, because you cant just take two of the tray tables off one side. You always have to have them even or they flip over. Love your creativity and ingenuity!

    May 3, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      oop! I wondered! Thanks for the smile. 😀

      May 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    So imaginitive! I love it!

    May 3, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, First of all, Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you and JC! I love these signs, you and your adorable little helper did a fantastic job on these. The colors are great!!!!

    May 3, 2018 at 11:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Can’t believe how time flies. So crazy!

      May 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Happy Anniversary to you and JC! Love your chalkboards, Larissa. I could definitely see you with a brick & mortar shop someday and a pretty little DIY chalkboard sign out front. Pinned 🙂

    May 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you from the two of us, Marie. Time flies!

      May 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    Happy Anniversary, Larissa! What a cute little helper you have!

    May 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Lee!

      May 7, 2018 at 9:20 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa is that the littlest one helping along? I am so impressed with her chalk and painting skills. It is always the best when you get to work with your children on the projects.

    May 7, 2018 at 10:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, she’s getting so BIG! I have the best time with my gang. Thanks, Mary!

      May 8, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Lee Kuhn

    You inspired me to upcycle one too, thanks

    May 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm Reply
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