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!
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 😉 ). 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.
I’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.
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.
The 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 let it dry the recommended time between coats and used opposite strokes for each coat (the first coat was from top to bottom, the second coat was from side to side, and so on). It took 4 coats to to get it looking the way I wanted.
After letting the chalkboard dry for 4 days, as per the directions, I 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.
Simply 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!
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. The kitchen is still a work in progress so light switches and cabinet doors are still not missing.
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’s list of activities.
I love how it turned out and it’ll be fun to do different themes every month.
I know chalkboards have been around a while, but have you ever turned a mirror into one?
As always, thanks for stopping in!
Want to know how I created the calendar? Check out my easy tutorial.
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