Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags

I have been reading John and Sherry's blog, Young House Love, for a few years now, so this weekend when I was describing my recent Goodwill finds to my sister, Erin, she instantly asked, "Did you read John and Sherry's blog today?!?"  

On Friday, John and Sherry issued a [unofficial] Macklemore Thrift Shop challenge.  I hadn't heard the song before, but once I played the video (unedited version) I was hooked on the lyrics, including the incredibly catchy chorus: "I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket...." My favorite line though is "Passin' up on those moccasins someone else's been walkin' in..."  <---- that is true, gross.

In honor of the Thrift Shop Challenge, I thought I'd post my finds here.  But a tiny bit of background first.  We have this Cherry Blossom print by Vincent van Gogh in our dining room. I've always loved the shade of blue in the painting and wanted to bring some more of the color into the room somehow.

So imagine my delight when I came across this little guy at Goodwill in the exact shade of blue.

Let's zoom in on that art work shall we?

A peacock, staring into a beautiful portrait of a man seducing a woman with a mandolin?  Yes, please.  But as "great" as the actual picture was, I knew that I'd be covering it up with chalkboard paint immediately.  So I got to work with the paint, but after finishing I remembered that my Goodwill find was actually a tray, not a hanging picture.  I headed to Lowe's for some picture hangers.

Just like that my peacock tray became a hanging chalkboard.

And now this is what you see when you walk in the front door.

This is a portion of one of my favorite quotes.  The entire quote reads:
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” 
― Mother Teresa

Much to my husband's dismay, the chalk painting became a tad addicting, so I also whipped this one up as well the same day...haha.

I have had this stinking silver tray for 4 years from another Goodwill trip and sadly am just now getting around to actually completing the project.  Oh well, better late than never.  Plus, it hides the majority of the lamp cord--so I'm marking this one in the necessary home improvements column.  

Goodwill + chalkboard paint + a catchy rap song = success. 


  1. Did you just paint chalkboard paint on the silver platter? I love it. Very clever.

  2. Yes! Easy, right? It's a silver platter I picked up at Goodwill, but I can't take credit for the idea. It's a copy off a couple other bloggers I enjoy reading: and