Thrift Shop Wooden Notepad Holder Repurpose

August 07, 2015
I purchased this wooden notepad holder at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago for $2.  The framed top portion looks like advertising for Casablanca Bar and Grill.  The wooden piece across the middle holds the notepad in place with bolts and two wingnuts.

This is what the notepad holder looked like from the back.  There was a piece of plexi-glass in the top.

I painted the notepad holder with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Cream".

I wet distressed the piece with a wet terry rag, and then waxed it with clear wax.

While my paint was drying, I found this lacey graphic frame on the Graphics Fairy Site and downloaded it to Picmonkey and centered a capital letter "A" in Blackletter font inside it.  I printed it as a 4 x 6 print on plain paper.

I then centered a dictionary page over the lacey frame graphic and taped the edges down in a few spots to send it through the printer again.

Then I placed the dictionary page/sheet of paper back in the printer and printed my graphic onto the dictionary page.  I cut the page to fit my frame, and added Grandma and Grandpa "A's" wedding photo.

Photo of notepad photo holder
I love the way my photo holder turned out.

Photo of notepad photo holder
I added a small piece of cardboard under the top of the photo to hold the photo a little tighter.

Photo of a repurposed photo holder gallery wall
I hung the new photo holder on my repurposed photo gallery wall, that is a "work in progress"!

Other projects on the gallery wall include:

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. you always do a great job repurposing, your photo wall is very creative.

  2. Brilliant, Carlene! I passed up one of those the other day at the thrift shop.... now I wish I'd gotten it.

  3. Another creative and wonderful repurpose project, Carlene! I love the picture of your grandparents' wedding.....what a treasure!

  4. All I can say is - WOW! You have an amazing imagination.

  5. wonderful ideas! thanks!
    be blessed

  6. love your creativity!

  7. Stunning, Carlene - as always!

  8. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I would never have thought of this. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.


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