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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 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 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'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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