Old Dresser Mirror to Cafe Chalkboard

These pretties are plentiful at thrift stores, Good Wills and Salvation Army’s.

I know you have seen them.

They are dresser mirrors that are usually laying to the side somewhere.

And

They are usually cheap because they are MINUS the dresser.

Cast-offs…..poor things.

What to do with them?
Let me show you.


It is one of the leading keywords that have brought many of you to my blog on google searches.
“How to make chalkboards from old frames and mirrors.”

It is easy.

Wanna’ see?

Step one….chalk board paint. I like three good coats. I do NOT prime the mirror or glass for chalkboard paint. You will have to use your own judgement on the prep of your surface.

I haven’t had any issues with my chalkboard that I made for myself that was not primed. Worse case and you get a scratch…just put a fresh coat on. It’s all good.

I use the same Rustoleum can that I have for all of my chalkboards. It has lasted forever!

Step two…paint the wood your desired color.

This is my leftover Valspar sample that I am still using.

That $1.25 has went a LONG way.

Distress it up good.

I think the worn distressed wood looks so pretty next to the black chalkboard paint.

I just wanted you to know that.

You’re welcome.

Those few steps take this…..

To this.

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Too CUTE!

I couldn’t decide which way I liked it better.

With the scroll work on top or bottom.

Worked both ways!

This is the perfect size for a kitchen, mantel, mudroom, kids room…..

The chalkboard paint was damp from where I erased it by the way. It dried a nice smooth color.

I could make these all day long if I wanted.

I don’t want to.

But, my point is…..

They are seriously plentiful in every thrift store.

Take a peek at your thrift store the next couple times you are there.

Bet you have one there and bet it is definitely under 19.00.

This one was $4.99.

Can’t beat that!

Like this idea?

Where would you see a chalkboard this size?

Let me hear ya’!

Love,

Me
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58 thoughts on “Old Dresser Mirror to Cafe Chalkboard

  • September 21, 2011 at 3:08 am
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    IN MY DINING ROOM!  I Love it!!  Passed one of these little gems up at GW just the other day! ugh…

    Signed,

    Kicking myself  😉 hard…

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  • September 21, 2011 at 3:30 am
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    That looks so fantastic Rebecca! I love the scrollwork on it and I’m definitely going to think twice about passing by those sad dresser cast-offs next time! Poor things! 🙂
    Vanessa

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  • September 21, 2011 at 3:41 am
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    It is SO funny that you post this because just this past Saturday I was doing a little browsing at the local St. Vinnies as I like to call it and they had 4 that caught my eye.  I stared and then thought, “but what would I do with that?”  And look here, now I know what I could do!  Your amazing, oh and by the way, they had one of those wood couches and loveseats, but they wanted $300 for it.  Is that ridiculous or is it just me? <3in the blog posts!! 🙂

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  • September 21, 2011 at 4:18 am
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    You are soooooo much fun to read (does that make sense?)  Love the mirror! 

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  • September 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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    Love the chalkboard…never thought of that! I’ve turned a couple of old dresser mirrors into bulletin/cork boards. I have one in my office and one in the kitchen I use instead of magnets & papers all over the fridge. I’m doing my 1st craft fair 10/1 think I’m gonna add chalkboards to my bounty..thanks for the idea!

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  • September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm
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    Wow, way to think outside of the box!

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  • September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm
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    I have two or three old mirrows right now in my garage…need a chalkboard in my kitchen…now, with your guidance, I will make one!  Thanks…..

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  • September 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm
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    You get your cool stuff SO cheap…  Thift Stores around here would sell a mirror like that for 19.99….sad huh!

    Are you planning on selling this?? And if so, what would you price this at??? (still workiing on the whole priciing/math thing)
    lindavb50208@yahoo.com   (okok, I still having figured out how to sign in for the comments thingie – and yes, that’s the technical term for it

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  • September 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm
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    Adorable! I like the scroll on top, but if you flip it, you would have a place to rest your chalk.

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  • September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm
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    LOVE THIS IDEA !!! Yea !  (cartwheel, flip, somersault !)
    im going to do it !!!
    KAT

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  • September 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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    Oh, ye of the most awesome ideas ever!!!!  I bow down in humble adoration!!!!  🙂

    This is fantastic and on the Must Do! List!!!!!

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  • September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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    This turned out terrific, Rebecca!  I love the frame color with the chalk paint.  By the way, I like the scrolls at the top.   😉

    Hope to see you at Time Travel Thursday again this week.  Be sure to come by tonight, and see yourself featured!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  • September 22, 2011 at 1:09 am
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    So cute! This made a perfect chalkboard! I love it!

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  • September 22, 2011 at 1:14 am
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    Love it!! I need to go thrifting now! What a creative idea!

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  • September 22, 2011 at 5:24 am
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    This is amazing!  What a terrific idea and so beautifully created.  Kudos to you! Love it.

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm
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    Don’t fret! Bet when you go back it is marked down again. They do that every one to two days. Did you also know that you get 25% off for “cash and carry” at GoodWills when you take their furnishings from store right when you buy them? It is on the white piece of paper with price. I just learned that! Good luck! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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    Brittney, get your hiney back there and get your mirror/chalkboard! That is UNREAL that they were asking $300.00 for that sofa in the BU-GLY state! Keep looking! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm
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    I actually thought about doing that. Did you just do one layer of cork over mirror? I have made cork boards but not on mirrors. Let me know! Good luck with adding to your bounty. Should bring in good money! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm
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    Get busy Judith! You have three projects just waiting to be finished and posted on my linky party or sent to me via “hog da’ blog”! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm
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    Not all the time. This had been marked down several times. Go back and check your 19.99 bet it goes down. No one really wants these mirrors. I would price a mirror like this easily on CL for around $65.00. Good luck! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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    I thought of that but loving the scroll on top won out. Plus, I only had the dollar tree big ole chunky chalk. Sorta’ ruined the rest on the ledge idea. : ) Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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    You make my head swell. Maybe it will be more in line with my hiney that keeps on growing at a fast pace! Make one! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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    Thanks for the reminder for your party! I posted like crazy. Do the same when my Monday Linky Party rolls around! Love, Me

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  • September 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm
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    What a dream colored chalkboard!!! You did a super job. Some of the mirrors I see are huge which is exciting now!

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  • September 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    What a great idea and so inexpensive!  Love the color you painted the old mirror:-)

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  • September 23, 2011 at 3:04 am
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    (found you on a link party)
    I am loving chalkboard paint right now.. thanks for another great idea! 

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  • September 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm
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    Hi! My hubby takes the mirror out first (save that for another project) and then puts one layer of cork onto the backing then I paint & distress. We also make them from old picture frames (the kind you find at GW for a 
    dollar or two) …just take out the glass and the hubs finds something to use for a backing. I just took my  1st two end tables to a consignment shop yesterday (so-o excited!) and she said she could sell the 10×13 frame for $22. Not bad for $1. frame and a little paint! Let me know if you need more info! I’ve got so much great info from you I”m happy be able to give you some (not much but still makes me happy!!) 
    Take care, Jo Ann

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  • September 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm
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    Oh how funny, I just painted another chalkboard mirror that is similiar to yours and photographed it in front of my bricks, too.  Love these things–they are so easy to do and make great gifts.

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  • September 24, 2011 at 10:45 am
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    I am a huge fan of chalkboards and I love your project! X

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  • September 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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    Love the color! I like it with the scallops on top:)  I made a chalkboard from a mirror a few months ago and just used the back of the mirror leaving the actual mirror in tact. That way, you can always just flip it over when you want a mirror. So pretty!

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  • September 28, 2011 at 5:32 am
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    Visiting from Domestically Speaking. Love the mirror to chalk board makeover. The paint color was super pretty too =) $4.99 wow, what a deal.

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  • September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm
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    I just bought one of these at Salvation Army yesterday.  My only question is how do you hang it?  These things are HEAVY! 

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  • September 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm
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    What a great idea!  I have a tri-fold dresser mirror in the garage.  I’ve already refinished the wood.  Now, instead of using it as a mirror, I’m going to paint it with chalk paint.

    Visiting from Domestically Speaking.  Following you now. 🙂

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  • September 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm
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    If you turn it upside down can you use the ledge to hold chalk and erasers? What a really clever idea, and the color is so pretty!! I will try this when I get home!! Hugs, VBg

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  • October 28, 2012 at 8:30 am
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    Thank You , have a mirror that needs to be a chalkboard but wasn’t sure if chalkboard paint would stick or peel off slick mirrored surface!!

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  • January 29, 2013 at 8:51 am
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    I just found this site looking for a way to get chalk board into my kitchen. Rebecca, you and I may become very good friends. Thanks for the information.

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    • January 29, 2013 at 9:02 am
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      What a great way to start my morning!!! A new friend! XOXO! Subscribe to emails….hang out with me on FB. I’m a needy friend. LOL! ; ) XOXO! Reb

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  • February 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm
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    Hey Rebecca!
    Great name! 😉 I’ve bought a great mirror just for this purpose today but got home and suddenly can’t work out how to tackle the mirror. Did you spray paint? Does that mean Rustoleum has spray chalkboard paint? I haven’t seen it here in England. Do you think I could use non-spray chalkboard paint with okay results? Ideas? Thanks for your help! I’m excited! xx

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