Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY Mirror Turned Chalkboard

This was SUCH an easy-peasy project. Thanks so much to Jessica over at Mom4Real who inspired this project. She transformed a mirror this way and gave me an excuse to get it in gear with my mirror.

Would you believe this mirror was free? I kind of flipped when we got it. We purchased a dresser off Craigslist. It ended up being a really, really nice dresser that was photographed very, {VERY} poorly so we were the only ones who called on it (I said it was a God thing, my husband said it was lack of flash photography...ehhhh, potato-potAHto). We got it for a steal since the gal was desperate to get rid of it before she moved. The mirror wasn't apart of the ad, nor did I want a "dresser mirror"...I'm just not very matchy-matchy about furniture...I'm a bit random (with purpose, I guess...that makes no sense, but I'm sure a lot of you "get" me). The mirror was off on the side in her garage leaning on a wall. Right before we left, she told us it was going to Goodwill unless we wanted it. She had never used it either! SCORE!

{It did, however, weigh about as much as the dresser and proved an even greater challenge getting it in the truck. But we persevered!}

The goodies for this project. I bought the "good stuff" for primer...it said on the can that it adheres to shiny stuff. My chalk board paint was leftover from this project.

I started by priming the whole thing, frame and all. 

I let it completely dry overnight before grabbing the paint.

And...I'm so excited to tell you...I found my first legit can of OOPS paint! Seriously, I'm always so jealous of the gals who find five gallons of gorgeous "tobacco-road-esque" colors for like a buck. But, here's my very own can! And truthfully, the color is so pretty...now I've got to figure out how to duplicate it. It's a big old gallon, so it's also going on my kitchen island (the never ending project that's been disrupting my kitchen for the last 10 days...someone help me).

It went on b-e-a-u-tifully!!

And of course, where would I be without my palm sander? I dread the day that it's not cool to distress anymore. (If it's already not cool, and I somehow missed that memo, please don't tell me. I'm just fine living in denial amongst my weathered junk.)

 
Although a very odd thing to do, we hung it up before I added the chalkboard paint. I didn't think I could get a good cut in on the paint while it was laying down (and apparently not when it's upright either...geez, paint much? Oh well...good thing it's got a weathered look. ) This was right after I painted it...it's still wet in the pic.

 
After it dried overnight, I seasoned my board. I always feel like this is taking a new board on its maiden voyage. To season a new chalk board, go across the entire thing with the chalk on its side.

This helps prevent "ghost images" (of old chalk) showing through. After you wet-erase the "seasoning", it's ready to use!

Yes, it's in my living room...not exactly a typical chalk board place, but I really, really wanted it there! I'm planning to write scriptures and inspiration on it daily. Although, it's said "Mirror Turned Chalkboard" for three straight days now...not sure how my big plans will work out! :)









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18 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the shout out! It is sooo perfect! Don't you love it? Watch out...you will be wanting to paint every surface in your house with chalkboard paint now!

    Jess

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  2. Love your chalkboard! I just picked up a frame for $2 at a garage sale that I'm going to turn in to a chalkboard. Love the blue color too!

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  3. Love this project! I have a bunch of mirrors laying around, too! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. What a great idea! I love the thought of it in your living room. I've been putting small one's newest sayings up on mine. They make me laught all the time. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. It is beautiful! I love how it turned out. I would love to have you link it at our party.

    http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/05/fab-not-drab-friday_10.html

    Jen

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  6. What a neat little idea. Just perfect. :) Love the turquoise frame color.
    Found you through Artsy Girl Connections Linky Party

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  7. It was a God thing. He does that for us sometimes. Gives us wonderful things to do wonderful inspiring things with. So go on girl get some inspiring scripture going on that new old looking chalk board.

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  8. That is awesome!!! I love the distressed edges that you gave it too!! I love free things... especially when they are awesome!

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  9. Wow, this turned out great! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  10. This is way cool! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/05/trendy-tuesday-1.html

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  11. okay maybe I'm just a little dense, but I didn't realize you could just paint over the glass and have it work! Ha! This looks great. I have some mirrors that would be much better chalkboards. :)
    Thanks for linking up to pin-ed it, made it!

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  12. Love this!!! Thanks so much for linking up to Pin-ed It, Made it! @ Finding My Way in Texas :)

    <3 Jennifer

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  13. Kristi - You are just straight up hilarious! Love this and pinning it right now! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  14. This is such a great idea, I love how ingenious it is. Thank you for sharing on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week with some more great ideas.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  15. This mirror chalkboard turned out so awesome, what a great idea! I would love for you to link it up on my Link Party at Doodles & Stitches... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/fabulous-friday-link-party_25.html
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I LOVE THIS! Definitely inspired. I recently painted my daughter's bedroom closet door and our kitchen pantry with chalkboard paint. A mirror chalkboard sounds like my next DIY challenege. Sweet!

    http://thepinteresthousewife.blogspot.com/

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