I love to shop. I think we have established this fact. I love to spend an hour wandering through a thrift shop just to see what I can find. I often find things that I really should think about whether or not I have a use for the item. Then there are the times I spot something I just have to have even though I don’t have any idea where it will go or what I will do with it. This is the very thing that happened the other day when I walked into the Restored Thrift Shop run by the Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas on the corner of Pat Booker and 1604 in Live Oak. I found this wood framed metal chalkboard that could have just come off a truck from Pottery Barn. It had been well loved and needed a little cleaning up to make it beautiful.
At first, I thought how beautiful this would look on the side of our fridge in the kitchen. Right now we have a very large pin board that is looking a little weary, but I didn’t like how the conversation with my dear hubby would go when I broached the subject of replacing the pin board. I brought this beauty home and used an old school teacher trick to recondition it with WD-40. (This works beautifully on any old chalkboard. You just spray on a nice coat of WD-40 and walk away for at least 15 minutes. Then you rub it all in with a soft cloth until the board is shiny and clean.) After cleaning up the frame I realized I didn’t really need to do anything to it. The next question was: Where can I hang this beauty?
As with most creative problems, I decided to sleep on it as that’s usually when I get my best ideas. I woke up the next morning refreshed and brimming with ideas. My dear hubby and I are co-stewards at our neighborhood community garden and I had been trying to find a way to communicate with our fellow gardeners. I had torn a picture out of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine article about community gardens last spring. The one they created was a little more elaborate than we needed so together we came up with a plan to use this chalkboard as a communication board. My dear hubby and I took a trip to Lowe’s and bought two 4x4s and a bag of cement. Before we left the deck section (where we found the cement) we spotted a solar lamp that you can put at the top of a post so we bought two.
Once we got to the garden, my dear hubby used a post hole digger to dig two holes. We measured the depths of the holes so the structure would be level. My dear hubby then screwed the chalkboard to the two 4x4s and we put them in the holes. Then came the cement and water. My dear hubby filled each hole with dry cement and then added water. We topped the posts with the solar lights and left the cement to cure. This is what it looks like now.
Now you can see the lights on top.
As you know, I like to shop at thrift shops and resale shops where my money will help someone else. This thrift shop is run by Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas. This is a non-profit organization that provides residential faith-based care for recovering addicts. The people working in and managing the shop have been through the program and are trying to make a better life for themselves. The shop is in the shopping center at the corner of Pat Booker and 1604 (8328 Pat Booker Road). If you get hungry after all that shopping, there is a barbecue place next door and our favorite, Bangkok Cuisine, is in the parking lot. I hope you will check them out.