Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A mirror becomes a chalkboard

I wanted to share how I turned my Grandma's gilded mirror into a giant chalkboard, giving the ornate piece a modern look. Here's how it was done!



I started out wiping down the mirror with glass cleaner to remove any dirt or dust.




Then, I gathered the supplies needed for the project.




As you can see, I used Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint and also primed with their magnetic primer. Since the mirror is gilded, I used a light pressure when taping the edges of the frame so the gold wouldn't come off when the tape was removed.

I started rolling the magnetic primer with a small foam roller and used a foam brush to cut in the bevelled edges of the mirror. The primer wasn't the easiest to work with. It was stinky and thick as tar! This stuff doesn't clean up with soap and water either, so you'll need mineral spirits or paint thinner for that.

I should mention that priming isn't required with chalkboard paint, unless you want it to be both a magnetic board as well as a chalkboard.




The primer calls for 3 coats with time to dry in between. When it was completely dry I did sand out a few uneven spots, although I don't know if it's recommended.

Once that process was done, I started painting with the chalkboard paint. This was easy as could be, as it is a thinner product and rolls on smoothly. 

I followed directions on the can of paint which called for at least 2 coats and used a foam brush and roller here as well. Thankfully, clean up was easier with just soap and water for this paint.




Once the paint is fully cured, it needs to be rubbed down with chalk. Use a stick of chalk on it's side to quickly cover the entire piece. This prevents ghost lines from any writing you do. later on.






I then wiped off all the chalk with rag (it gets a little dusty and messy, so you'll want to have a vacuum handy!) and was ready to scribble away.


We hung it in our dining room and I wrote this quote on it from C.S.Lewis, as it's a much needed reminder for me. How easy is it to get caught up trying to find joy in material things and "stuff" instead of what matters?

To the right of the chalkboard is our laundry closet where I just painted black and white stripes.


The can of chalkboard paint goes pretty far, so for $10.00 you could do quite a few projects or even whip up a couple of gifts for Christmas!
5 comments on "A mirror becomes a chalkboard"
  1. Cool idea! I'm going do this myself. Cute laundry room also.

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  2. Love this! I'm going to be on the lookout for a great gilded frame. Love the laundry room stripes. I'm visiting from Jones Design Company. :)

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  3. Love this! I'm going to be on the lookout for a great gilded frame. Love the laundry room stripes. I'm visiting from Jones Design Company. :)

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  4. Great idea. I have a gilded frame. Do you think you could stick a piece of glass in there and have it work the same way your mirror did?

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    1. I think you could! The chalk paint claims it can be painted on glass, so it wouldn't hurt to try!

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