Club G.W. {Goodwill} No. 15 and "BOO" Blackboard Books

October 3, 2011


I am shameless.  Kind of.  When I see a good idea I grab it and run with it.  And grab it I did from my friend Betsy over at My Salvaged Treasures. {Thanks, Betsy!} She had an "aha" moment recently when she put chalkboard paint together with a thrift store leather-bound book.  Who woulda thunk it?  I'm glad SHE did, cause it led me to my own little moment of crafty joy.  Behold.

I just happened to stumble across some Reader's Digest Condensed Books at my Mr. Thrifty store the other day.  Okay, so I went there "in-search-of" and good ol' Mr. Thrifty didn't let me down!  Just so happened he had three books for $1.49 each.  Sold.

This one's so pretty I hesitated to spray it. 

But I got over that fast and got to work.  First I used painter's tape from Dollar General to tape over the spine and exposed pages of the book to protect it from the paint.

Then I sprayed the cover with this.

It's advisable to spray multiple, thin coats of the chalkboard paint.  Oh, and I didn't even prime! 
 {Can you say i-m-p-a-t-i-e-n-t?} 
But it turned out beautifully anyway with three coats.

I left the spines alone since: 1. They're so pretty to look at and 2. If you get tired of the chalkboard thing you can just place them back on a shelf and they'll look fabulous from the side in their pre-painted state.  But you can certainly paint the spine as well.

Just think of all the words you could spell out, depending on the season.  Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year.  Happy Easter.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Okay, I guess 18 books is a bit much.  But you get the idea! And Betsy took it one step further and embellished her books after painting them.  They're so pretty you have to check them out here. Thanks again, Betsy, for this fabulous idea.

Now let's get to those features from last week's Club G.W. {Goodwill} Party

As usual I wish I could feature you all!

This Halloween vignette is made of thrifty finds and nifty ideas!

Thrifty No Sew Ottoman Re-do

Thrifty Decorator Charm  

It was nice to see some new faces this week.  But it would be even NICER if you faithful souls could spread the word about the coolest thrifting party out there.  The more who play, the more fun it is for all.  A mention in your post is great, although not everyone does it.  A shout out would be even better. I'll leave it up to you.  And thanks for coming back each week ~ you know who you are.  I love that you share your stuff, and look forward to seeing it every week.

Okay, here's the rules.

Link up your thrifty finds, and your thrifty find re-dos.

Please link back to your post and not to your blog's main URL.

Please mention the party somewhere in your post or place the party button (grab it from my upper right sidebar) on your sidebar.  That way others can find out where the party is and join in!

I'd love for you to become a follower so you don't miss the next party!

You can also "Like" me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.  

Now link away!


I'll be linking up here:


Leave a Comment!

Patty & Kenneth said...

Love the chalkboard books! Great idea!

KimMalk said...

Your Boo books are really cute--what a great find. I need to remember to check out the book section!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for the invite, I linked up my stool and I am headed now to link you up. I love the chalk board BOO!


Sue said...

That's actually a clever idea to chalkpaint the book covers! Lots of different ways to celebrate or send messages this way. :-) Thanks for hosting, Kathleen. Take a look at my give-away, if you're interested!
~ Sue

Elegant Economies said...

Hi Kathleen,
I must be the last person on the planet to buy chalkboard paint! You have convinced me. Love your mantel. Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting. Audrey

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I did chalk board wine bottles last year but I'm loving the chalkboard books!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And they turned out great! Betsy is very creative and has so many great ideas.

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Awww Thanks so much for featuring my Halloween up there!!! I am in love with your chalkboard books :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks so much Kathleen for posting about my chalboard books. I'm so happy to see how good yours turned out. What a great Halloween idea, they look so good on your mantel. So many possibilites for every season:-)

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Kathleen, I love the chalkboard books too and the festive mantle!


Homeroad said...

Kathleen I love the books! Great idea!

Unknown said...

I always love seeing great new chalkboard paint idea. Very clever.

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Great idea with the paint. Those books look awesome!

mtashie said...

I'm so glad I found this site! I am a Goodwill nut! I'm so happy to see so many people share my passion for shopping at Goodwill. Thanks for the great ideas!!

WhyCuzICan said...

Very cute use of chalkboard paint :)

Found you from linky party at Midwestern Sewing Girl's EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN today,
~Suzanne in NW IL

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thank you so much for hosting and the faBOOlous book idea. I'll be using that for sure!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Kathleen

I stop by to see your post and saw you feature my ottoman. Thank you, I am very grateful.

Thank you for hosting this link. Appreciate it very much.

Have a great weekend.

Susan Freeman said...

I love your bOOOOk redu! It's great. Oh and I love your blog title too because I adore charm bracelets! I am your newest blog follower and I am following your tweets now too. I hope you will stop by for a visit.

Susan and Bentley

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your books! I know I need to try this paint! I'm linked up..thanks for inviting me! ♥

My Dream Canvas said...

Wow, this looks great! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by!

Decor To Adore said...

What a cute way to update old books!

Thank you SO very much for linking up!

The Tablescaper said...

So creative! It would be great to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathleen, what a great idea! Very clever! I am now your newest follower. I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

Chris said...

Hi Kathleen, what a neat idea. The books turned out great. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

WhisperWood Cottage said...

So clever! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn D├ęcor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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