How to Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

Vintage mirror before it was turned into a kitchen chalkboard |

We’ve been working on our kitchen remodel for almost 11 months now and I was really ready to look at something other than paint swatches and spackle on the wall, so I was ready to turn my thrifted mirror into a chalkboard. If you’ve been following our remodel, 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. 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 |

I’ve been wanting to try spray chalk paint for a while and this was the perfect project for it, so I picked up some chalky finish spray paint in gray and white. I used the gray 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. Once the frame was completely dry, I did a light sanding to expose some of the gray 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 |

The next victim was the mirror. For this I used 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.

Painting a vintage mirror with chalkboard paint to turn it into a kitchen chalkboard |

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.

Seasoning a vintage mirror with chalk to turn it into a kitchen chalkboard |

Simply take your chalk and use the side, rather than the tip, to rub the entire surface. Make sure you rub the chalk vertically and horizontally. After you’ve completely covered your board with chalk, 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 |

After I finished seasoning the chalkboard, I put it back in the frame and reattached the backing. I added hooks and wire and hung it on the wall in the kitchen.

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 a work in progress so light switches and cabinet doors are still missing.

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’s list of activities.

Vintage mirror turned into a kitchen chalkboard with a calendar |

I 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?

Thrifted Mirror to DIY Kitchen Chalkboardvintage mirror and kitchen chalkboard with large graphic over the top

As always, thanks for stopping in!

Want to know how I created the calendar? Check out my easy tutorial.Easy Chalkboard Calendar Tutorial |

You can also see our kitchen remodel that we completed for under $3000, here.

Updating a small dark kitchen and turning it into a bright white space with tons of storage.



  1. Friday,November 6, 2015 / 7:30 am

    Great job! I see a Hometalk feature in your future!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 6, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Kim! 🙂

  2. Brenda, Florida
    Friday,November 6, 2015 / 7:39 am

    What a great idea! It looks wonderful!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 6, 2015 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks Brenda, I appreciate it. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. chris aka monkey
    Friday,November 6, 2015 / 8:41 am

    love this i have a picture in a large frame and i want to try to do this with it xx

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 6, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      That’s awesome! I’d love to hear how it turns out. 🙂

  4. Friday,November 6, 2015 / 8:45 am

    I love it and what a pretty calendar!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 6, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! The calendar took me longer to do than the chalkboard itself. 😉 Happy weekend!

  5. MaryJean
    Friday,November 6, 2015 / 11:50 am

    Really turned out nice! I wish I had a spot for a large chalkboard, I would love something like that. Nice job!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 6, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      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. 😉 How’s your project coming along?

      Hope your weekend is great my friend!

  6. Friday,November 6, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    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

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 8, 2015 / 1:56 am

      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! 🙂

  7. Sunday,November 8, 2015 / 11:11 am

    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

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 8, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      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. 🙂

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

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 11, 2015 / 12:19 am

      Thanks so much Pamela! I’m really happy with the results. 🙂

  8. Wednesday,November 11, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    LOVE IT!!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 12, 2015 / 3:14 am

      Thanks so much Martina!

  9. Vickie Mendenhall
    Friday,November 13, 2015 / 7:04 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      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. 🙂

  10. Monday,November 16, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Oh my gosh, that’s awesome! You were lucky to find such a pretty shape to work with.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 17, 2015 / 12:26 am

      Thanks Stacy! I looked for a long time for the right shape and size and was so happy when I found it in our local ReStore.

  11. Wednesday,November 18, 2015 / 6:40 am

    I love this! We will be featuring at tonight’s Share Your Style party!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 18, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      Awesome! Thanks Amanda!

  12. Saturday,February 13, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I simply couldn’t love this any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 14, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Thanks so much Deborah, I love how it turned out.

  13. Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
    Monday,February 15, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 16, 2016 / 3:47 am

      I know, right? We are in over a year right now and I’m just ready to be done. Thanks for stopping in Sarah, I appreciate it.

  14. Monday,June 13, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    This looks so lovely. I am insired to try it myself. Never thought of using a mirror! Thanks for this post.

  15. Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Beautiful transformation! I love the unique shape of the mirror frame! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 1:57 am

      Thanks Emily. It was a fun project to do. 🙂

  16. Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Outstanding project. It really turned out wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 1:58 am

      Thanks so much Pamela. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.

  17. Creatively Living
    Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 8:16 am

    Cute, I love how you repurposed the mirror.

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 3:26 am

      Thanks so much, I appreciate it!

  18. Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I love this idea. It is not every day you find an elegant chalk board.

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 3:27 am

      Thanks! I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

  19. Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 11:29 am

    What a clever project! I love how it has this more interesting shape as a chalkboard, instead of the usual rectangular boards, because of the mirror’s frame. Well done!

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 3:28 am

      Thanks so much! The shape of the mirror is what drew me to it.

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 3:31 am

      Thanks so much, Catherine! I love that it’s practical (with the calendar) and pretty. 🙂

  20. Friday,June 17, 2016 / 4:51 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      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. 🙂

  21. Tuesday,June 28, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Love this! Such a difference and very functional now!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.


    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 29, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Thanks, Liz!

  22. Monday,November 7, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Kristi this turned out really super. And you were lucky to find such a large mirror to make it on. Perfect for a calender.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 10, 2016 / 3:11 am

      Thanks Mary. It was a really lucky find. As soon as I saw it I grabbed it and wouldn’t let go. 🙂

  23. Wednesday,November 9, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Loving this. It turned out great!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 10, 2016 / 3:13 am

      Thanks so much, Charlene! It’s one of my favorite finds.

  24. Helen at Pleasures of the NW
    Sunday,November 13, 2016 / 9:47 am

    This is a great idea – I’m on a quest now to find a cool mirror! Would love to have you share at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 13, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks Helen, I appreciate it! 🙂

  25. Tuesday,November 15, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    So cute and a wonderful way to repurpose the old into the new. I love it when I can take an existing item to use for projects. Great for the environment.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 17, 2016 / 3:33 am

      Thanks Celeste! I love when I can repurpose something old. 🙂

  26. Friday,September 8, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    What a great job! It turned out beautiful! I would of grabbed that curvy beauty up too!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,September 9, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Thanks so much Linda, I appreciate it. It makes thrifting so much more fun when you find that perfect piece. 🙂

  27. Monday,September 11, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Love the way this came out!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 12, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much Jennifer. I really love how it turned out, too. 😉

  28. Wednesday,April 18, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Love this! its amazing how what chalk board can do!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,April 19, 2018 / 5:17 am

      Thanks so much Maria! You’re right. I just love chalk board projects. 🙂

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