This was such an easy repurposing project, but it’s one that gives a whole new look to a tired looking wall plaque I found at a local thrift store. Chalk paint and a stencil gave it some coastal flair.
Last fall, I found two wall plaques at Goodwill for $1.00 each. I wasn’t sure at the time just what I would do with them, but I knew I couldn’t pass up that price! Neither of them fit in with my decor, but I knew with a little paint, I could change that easily enough.
I kept thinking about ways to repurpose them and decided to make one of them into a coastal key holder. I cleaned the plaque with TSP and removed the knobs. I used the same chalk paint I used for a couple of table makeovers. It’s Waverly Inspirations in Celery and very reasonably priced.
I used Folk Art chalk paint in salmon coral for the knobs.
I’ve used this stencil on a couple of other pieces, including a rocking chair makeover.
I glued a piece of rope to the back for hanging. The knobs have pegs on them, but they didn’t fit back into the plaque securely, so I added just a little bit of glue to hold them in place.
Using my palm sander, I sanded over the stenciled painting to smooth it out and along the edges to distress the piece. I added four cup hooks along the bottom for holding keys.
I have this hanging in my laundry room and it’s not only a decor piece with a purpose, it brightens up the room.
I had the chalk paint, rope and stencil on hand, so the only new cost for this project was another dollar for the cup hooks.
I’m still trying to decide what I’ll do with the second plaque. Don’t you love it when you find items at a thrift store that are such a bargain? Are you like me and stand in the store looking an item over and trying to visualize how you can repurpose it? I’ve had people ask me what I’m planning on doing with an item. I often tell them, I’m not sure, but I’ll think of something!