Sep 6, 2013

DIY: Chalkboard from a Mirror

If I had to chose one craft/diy tool that tops them all, hands down it would be chalkboard paint.  Is it not the best invention ever?  I think I would chalkboard paint something in every room of our house because who doesn't need a chalkboard at their finger tips all of the time?!  Okay, maybe I am going a little bit overboard here.  We have a giant, empty (naked) wall in our kitchen begging to be filled and a mirror that didn't travel across the country well that was taking up space in our basement.  I happened to have an extra spray paint can full of chalkboard paint in our garage.  I think this all adds up to a clear project waiting to happen.  I have also learned more about how to properly use chalkboard paint through a lot of trial and error as well, so I am hoping this will hold up better than most.

Here is what I started with:

I taped up all the white parts and very carefully around around the inside edge.  My goal was to have nothing exposed except for the mirror.  I wiped it down with a rag and some rubbing alcohol and let it dry for a bit.

Once it was dry, I gave the whole thing a once over some spray primer.  I let this dry for about 45 minutes.

I then gave it three coats of chalkboard paint, waiting about fifteen minutes between coats.  For some reason I can't find the picture I took of this?  I let it dry overnight.  I took all of the tape off the next afternoon and took a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the board to break it in.  If you skip this step whatever you first put on the board will stain it and never erase.  I learned this the hard way with earlier projects.

I noticed that some of the chalkboard paint had seeped through my tape (fail) which drove me crazy.

So I went ahead and sanded that down.  I didn't get rid of it totally because I liked the worn in look it gave the frame.

And here is the final project!

This was super easy and didn't cost anything because I used items I already had.  My favorite kind of project! I can't wait to hang it up and use it in the kitchen for menus, to do lists, and reminders.

Happy Friday!


  1. Love it!! Such a good idea to use an old mirror too, I never thought of that and that's a great timp to cover it in chalk first- I had no idea.

    1. I definitely learned the hard way about the chalk trick! Never enough uses for chalkboard paint ;)


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