Remember the menu board I made from a super-ugly Goodwill frame this summer?

chalkboard menu in dining room

Well, it had a little accident.


Large pieces of glass don’t take kindly to being knocked off the wall.

I’d grown rather fond of my board, though, and I didn’t want to just give it up. So, I popped in at Goodwill to find a new frame to paint/stain.

Lo and behold, they had what appeared to be a sibling of the original ugly frame/print I started with.


(original on the left, new one on the right)

I didn’t snap a photo of the frame, but it was the exact same dark stain/black speckled finish as my first frame. Apparently everyone is currently donating their framed 80s prints.  ;)

Anyway, I started to feel cautiously hopeful about being able to just pop the glass from the new frame right into the already-refinished frame.

So, I carefully removed the glass from the new Goodwill frame and yes! It fit into the stained framed.

(Oh, happy day!)

I really wanted to make sure that we didn’t repeat the falling-off-the-wall thing again, though, so I decided this needed a wire hanger and whatever the heck you call this thing:


(Previously the menu board had just been hanging on a nail.  We should not be surprised it got knocked off the wall, should we?)

I found some wire in the toolbox, but couldn’t come up with eye hooks, and I figured I was going to have to buy some.


But I kept on digging through all the compartments of random hardware and I came up with two eye hooks.



I screwed them into the sides of the frame and then wound the wire through them.


(See the old hanger there?  Not secure, people, not secure.)

And I cleaned off the glass from the new Goodwill frame, gave it several coats of chalkboard spray paint, and put it into the stained frame.



I did have to pay $7 for the new Goodwill frame, but I already owned everything else I used for this fix, and that makes me happy.

I haven’t yet decided what I will do with the empty ugly frame I now have.

For the moment, I’ll probably store it on a laundry room shelf, and next summer I may paint or stain it and use it to frame some of my kids’ art, because that doesn’t really require glass.


P.S. I already discovered that glass-less frames are kind of great.

P.P.S. Children’s art looks pretty marvelous in a frame.


Pizza dough rescue

by Kristen on October 21, 2014 · 24 comments

in Photos

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

This past Friday, I made a double batch of pizza dough, but I only ended up needed 3/4 of it. So I stuck the last fourth in the fridge.
garlic bread from leftover pizza dough

Yesterday I pulled it out, gently stretched it out on some (already used) parchment paper, threw it into a 500 ° oven (it was cold yesterday, so I totally did not mind heating up the kitchen!), and once it was finished, I put butter and garlic salt on top.

It was slightly yeasty tasting from the dough’s long stay in the fridge, but my kids and I had no problem polishing it off.

One small bit of food waste avoided!


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