This week is Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza in Mount Dora! So excited. Michelle and I usually go to one of the three events held each year. This is the last one until November so we gotta go. We’re taking along new-bee Kathryn and we’re expecting great things from her. She loves to thrift and is a DIYer wanna be. Especially since she just bought a townhouse and is moving from a wee apartment. She’ll be furnishing the new place on a tight budget.
Last week I received the latest Ballard Design Catalog. I love this shop and have purchased several pieces of furniture from them, but that was before I started following DIY blogs, hitting thrift stores and finding the fun in creating it myself.
This chalkboard at Ballard’s is on sale for $199 plus shipping. The size is 28 1/2″ x 40″.
This is my post where I made a similar chalkboard http://ktgreendesign.com/magnetic-chalkboard/ . I used a thrift store frame plus purchased galvanized metal from the plumbing department and chalkboard paint at Home Depot. Don’t remember the exact prices for everything but it was much less that $20 and no shipping!
Here’s what it looks like today:
And this media corkboard at Ballard’s for $149 plus $15 for oversized shipping is 44″ x 32″.
This one is covered with burlap. 20″ x 33″ and $89.
And this is the one I made that I use for an inspiration board:
It’s 30″ x 40″. I bought the frame from a little shop in Crystal River in Heritage Village that no longer exisits. Bummer. It was $20 but I thought that was a good price. I cut two foam core boards to fit and taped them together with packaging tape. Bought a roll of cork at Lowe’s, glued that onto the foam core. Went to Jo-anne’s for the burlap. They actually let me look through the yardage to find a piece that wasn’t blemished! I wrapped the burlap over the cork and stapled the edges on the back. Fit it into the frame and Terry secured with little nails. Love it!
I also made these cute little pins:
And the lesson here is, get inspiration at Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, or any other decor store but buy at thrift stores and out of clearance bins. More fun and easy on the budget!