How to Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

We’ve been working on our kitchen reno for almost 11 months now (it hurts my eyes to see that number) and I was really ready to look at something other than paint swatches and spackle on the wall, so I decided it was time to work on my vintage mirror to chalkboard project. If you’ve been following our reno, then you know that we have a very small, galley style kitchen. What you may not know is that there’s only one wall that we can hang any kind of decor on. Eek!

Vintage mirror before it was turned into a kitchen chalkboard |

My original idea was to turn an old, chippy window into a chalkboard, but when I saw this vintage mirror at a local ReStore for $10, I knew that the window idea was, well…out the window (sorry, couldn’t resist πŸ˜‰ ). I was looking for something with some curves in it to balance out all the straight lines in the kitchen and this was it!

I wanted this to be a quick and easy project so I decided to use spray paint on the frame and chalkboard paint on the mirror.

The first thing I did was to remove the back so I could get the mirror out. Then I cleaned the dust and dirt off the mirror and the frame.

Vintage mirror frame before it was painted and turned into a kitchen chalkboard | chatfieldcourt.comI’ve been wanting to try spray chalk paint for a while and this was the perfect project for it, so I picked up Krylon’s chalky finish spray paint in Slate and Classic White. I used the slate as a base coat and then I used the classic white over that.

Krylon spray chalky finish in Slate | Krylon spray chalky finish in Classic White |

Both were super easy to use and dried quickly. I will say that the slate covered much better than the white but the finish was smooth and chalky. After it was completely dry, I did a light sanding to expose some of the slate color and my frame was done. I was looking for a chalky, flat finish so I didn’t bother with waxing the frame.

Vintage mirror frame after it was painted and turned into a kitchen chalkboard | chatfieldcourt.comThe next victim was the mirror. For this I used Rustoleum’s chalkboard paint in the black finish. I did a quick coat, right on the mirror, with a paint sponge and let it dry for 4 hours. I ended up doing 4 coats, letting it dry the recommended time between coats, using opposite strokes for each coat (the first coat was from top to bottom, the second coat was from side to side, and so on).

Painting a vintage mirror with chalkboard paint to turn it into a kitchen chalkboard | chatfieldcourt.comI let the chalkboard dry for 4 days, as per the directions, and then seasoned it with chalk. It’s essential that you season a freshly painted chalkboard otherwise you will always see what was written on the board. Chalkboard paint is very porous and using chalk to season it fills the little pores in the surface.

Seasoning a vintage mirror with chalk to turn it into a kitchen chalkboard | chatfieldcourt.comSimply take your chalk and use the side, rather than the tip, to rub the entire surface vertically and then horizontally. Once your chalkboard is completely covered, take a soft, damp cloth and clean the surface. Now your chalkboard is ready for fun!

Cleaning chalk off of a vintage mirror to turn it into a kitchen chalkboard |

When the chalkboard was done, I put it back in the frame and reattached the backing. All that was left to do was to add hooks and wire and hang it on the wall. I’m showing you the chalkboard and the whole wall to give you some perspective of the only space that I can hang decor. We are still working so the cabinet doors are missing, the light switch needs to be changed and the back door needs to be replaced. πŸ™‚

Vintage mirror turned into a kitchen chalkboard |

I’ve wanted a chalkboard calendar for as long as I can remember, which is why I originally got the old window, so that’s what I made. This actually worked out better because I can see the whole month, instead of 1 week at a time with the old window.

Vintage mirror turned into a kitchen chalkboard with a calendar | chatfieldcourt.comVintage mirror turned into a kitchen chalkboard with a monthly calendar | chatfieldcourt.comI love how it turned out and it’ll be fun to do different themes every month.

Vintage mirror turned into a kitchen chalkboard with a monthly calendar |

I know chalkboards have been around a while, but have you ever turned a mirror into one?

Vintage mirror to a kitchen chalkboard |

As always, thanks for stopping in!

Want to know how I created the calendar? Check out my easy tutorial.

Easy Chalkboard Calendar Tutorial |

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53 thoughts on “How to Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

    • Thanks MJ! I was a little afraid that it was too big but I like that I can see the calendar and not have to squint. πŸ˜‰ How’s your project coming along?

      Hope your weekend is great my friend!

  1. That came out great. You are lucky you can draw and print nice. That is the reason I do not have A chalk board, my writing and printing a not pretty. Great idea with the mirror.
    Enjoy the weekend, Debbie

    • Thanks so much Debbie! I can’t draw to save my life but I did come up with a few tricks to make it look good, that I’ll be sharing on Monday.

      Hope you are having a great weekend my friend! πŸ™‚

  2. I LOVE this, Kristi! Wonderful frame. I like the fact that you made the chalk board a calendar I didn’t know abou.t the spray chalky finish paint. So thanks for sharing that, and for the chalk board seasoning advice. Great post! xo ~ Nancy

    • Awww, thanks so much for the sweet comment Nancy! It was a fun and easy project to do and I love how it turned out. πŸ™‚

      I appreciate you stopping by and hope that you have a great week!

  3. I have an antique mirror that looks horrible. The frame is great but the mirror itself is very distorted and I had the idea to change it into a chalkboard, but didn’t know how to go about it. You have given me the courage to make it happen. Thank you SO much!

    • Yay! I’m so happy that I was able to give you the courage to redo your mirror Vickie! It really was an easy project and the finished surface is so smooth, better than putting it on a wall or piece of wood. Good luck with your project and I would love to see it when it’s done. πŸ™‚

  4. This turned out perfect! I love it! I hear you about the kitchen reno taking forever. We are in the middle of ours right now and at times I wonder if we will ever finish it, lol.

  5. So you literally just painted the mirror with the chalkboard paint – no fiddly cutting out ply to fit or anything like that?
    That is brilliant and it works so well, pretty and practical!

    • Yes, Julie, I just painted on top of the mirror. It actually worked quite well because the mirror was so smooth. Really, it’s such an easy project to do. Thanks for stopping in. πŸ™‚

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