Mirror to Chalkboard Tutorial

Grab your goodies!

Remember…I am using what I have…..tweak YOUR ingredients.

I used:
Primer (spray paint)
Nickel paint (spray paint)
My handy dandy never ending sample of Valspar paint
Sanding block
Stain (for distressing)
Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Painters tape

And a mirror.

Please squat like this in front of your mirror…..so precious.

First Step:

Take off the little hooks. If you are not wanting them back on, this is where you would fill the holes with putty and sand it smooth.

I wanted them back.

Clean your mirror and frame around. I just used a damp paper towel

Step Two:

Spray primer on. I used primer on this project for two reasons. The wood had some finish on it and I was painting a mirror. I haven’t had ANY issues from where I chalkboard painted the glass directly on my last tutorial but I thought I would make this extra effort.

Does it impress you?

Step Three:

Paint the frame.

When it dries or almost is, in my case…..take your little sandy block….I use a fine block…..and distress away……Ahhhhhhh….like a good back scratch.

Important note: You will know when your paint dries by sticking your tongue to the paint….if you can taste it , it is still wet.

For real.

Ok….

I was just checking to see if ANYONE actually reads this tutorial. Let’s see if ANYONE comments on that. ; ) DO NOT LICK YOUR PAINT! In case you thought I was serious…….

Gotta’ keep you alert.

Step Four:

I used tape here but had already taken it off. Make sure you take off the tape…while the chalkboard paint is wet! It will peel up if you wait until it is dry.

I use about three coats. It is wet in this picture, so brush strokes are visible and looks messy.

But you know what…..I sort of like the messy chalkboard look on distressed boards……is that weird?

Step Five:

Paint your hookies and screws….I used brushed nickel….BUT….I was using what I have. I would probably used bronzy color if I had a choice.

I also felt that since this was going to a couple with their first house….they were going to be so excited about “nickel” this and that with their new hinges…fixtures etc. that nickel would work better for them.

Step Six:

Put them back on.

I do want to show you this though.

Remember…..make these projects your own…….

I think…if I found a board like this again….I would do this……

Fill in the holes and use it this way.

Would totally change this mirror, wouldn’t it?

Perfect for skinny walls!

Here’s a before (with a foggy lens due to 747 degree weather…cankles NOT included)

AND AFTER!

Perfectly cute.

30 minute project.

$5.00 and using stuff I had.

It’s your turn.

Talk to me and tell me what you think!

Love,

Me

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Sunday Parties

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31 thoughts on “Mirror to Chalkboard Tutorial

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am
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    This turned out great…and I have many “squat shots” – why is it that we don’t notice them until the photos are loaded onto the computer?  Cute post (and NO, I will not use my tongue to test )  Stop over to enter Vintage Linen Giveaway

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  • July 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm
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    I agree with Patti. This turned out really cool. You know better than to tell some of us slow people to lick the paint. If I hadn’t read down further, guess who would be cussin’ you right about now! Ha!

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  • July 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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    This is too cute!!  I wondered if you could paint over mirrors!!  Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • July 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm
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    Nice redo! I like the color  you  chose.  Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  • July 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm
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    Wish I had read the whole thing before I licked the paint lol

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  • July 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm
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    Love this…I have a very similar mirror that will soon be a chalkboard. I however will not be licking mine to see if it is dry! 😉 Thanks for the idea!

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  • July 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm
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    I love it! I haven’t done a chalkboard paint project yet, but I feel an urge…

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  • July 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm
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    I love this! I have a mirror just like this that is in serious need of updating. 

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  • July 22, 2011 at 2:29 am
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    LOL!  You had me giggling all the way through this post!  The squat!  The cankles!  Too funny!  I did a chalkboard on a small glass window a few months ago and recently did a large chalkboard from MDF and a vintage frame!  You can check it out on my blog!  Great job, girlie!  🙂

    xoxo laurie (with cankles, too)

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  • July 22, 2011 at 11:47 am
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    I love it….I’ll have to put this on my to-do list. P.S. You made me smile! I make soap, and you can ‘taste’ it to ‘see’ if it’s cured – no bite, it’s ready for sale! 😉

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  • July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm
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    First of all…hilarious! I especially love your “precious” squatting pic! 🙂 And I just love how you transformed that piece into something that couple will absolutely love. It looks so great and I now have the courage to do chalkboard paint on a mirror…although I promise not to lick it!
    Vanessa

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  • July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm
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    @a95436edb82e49272ec23d5cf9fb1dad  Vanessa, I do NOT know how you manage to visit your links. You have such awesome parties and such a pleasure when you stop by! Sweet spirit and sweet inspiration! And….you actually read the tutorial ; ) Love, Me

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  • July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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    Jenny, Your comment is such a pleasure but……you really taste your soap? I’m impressed you even make it!!!! What a gift! Love, Me

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  • July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm
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    @openid-93945:disqus  Can’t wait for you to try it! Are you going to do “long” or in the original “sideways” way? Would love to know! Love, Me

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  • July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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    @65ebf47b8478b5545f510796379f3943:disqus  You did read the tutorial 😉 sorry for the delay in responding. Crazy time here! Thank you for stopping by. I believe I have now missed the giveaway but look forward to other posts! Love, Me

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  • September 3, 2012 at 6:27 am
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    Help! I have a bought a house where the previous owner
    Was light/ mirror obsessed ie whole walls with mirror STUCk to
    It. I have removed some and hat to get plasterer in the walls were
    So damaged. There is one left stuck to the side of a kitchen
    Cabinet and I decided I would chalk board it! However, I am concerned that it won’t work and could leave an almighty
    Mess!!! It is a metered wide
    And as hight as tall
    Kitchen cabinets.
    Do you think your technique will work ??!!

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  • October 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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    I have two large mirrors drying at the moment that I am turning into chalk boards. Yours turned out great. Thanks for the tip about how to tell if the paint is still wet, think I will pass on that.

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    • October 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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      But Donna…it was such a good tip. ; ) Thanks for reading and stopping by to comment. Heading your way! Love, Me

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