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March 21, 2013

diy Mirror turned Chalkboard

I purchased this huge, heavy mirror at a local thrift store for just 4 bones when we first moved back to Athens two years ago. I bought it intending to immediately turn it into a chalkboard. Obviously executing the project wasn't so immediate. 

In my defense, I was a little torn, because the mirror is old and has this beautiful shimmery fogginess to it, and I wasn't sure I wanted to cover all of that up with paint. But after two years, I've decided that it was time for the mirror to get a makeover. I've walked by that foggy mirror one too many times trying to check myself as I'm leaving the house...only to squint, get an inch away from the mirror and sigh -- you can't see anything in it!

Goodbye, beautiful fog. 

This is all I needed to turn the mirror into a chalkboard: 1 small doors/cabinet kit (4 inch), Valspar chalkboard paint and painter's tape. A note about the paint: I've used chalkboard spray paint before, and I was less than impressed. The helpful Home Depot employee also informed me that the more layers I apply, the better, so I covered my mirror with roughly six coats of paint. I'm really happy with the end result!

I got to work on my back porch, laid down an old towel, taped off the edges of my mirror and then watched paint dry. Literally. The whole project only took me a little over an hour to complete. When the tape came off, I had to touch up the corners and a few hairline edges with a small paint brush to cover up the last of the fog shiny mirror. 

And after letting the paint dry for the last time overnight, ta da! We now have a big chalkboard where I can write pretty quotes, future party menus and whatever else I fancy:

Happy diy-ing!

Update: more chalkboard fun!


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  2. Absolutely love this! And it is styled beautifully. The quote is also one of my favorites!


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