The other day I mentioned that my Pickin Sister and I paid a final visit to one of our favorite salvage stores. The store is now out of business. Today is the day I will share with you one of the things I found. It is a mirror from a vintage mirror without the mirror. I instantly thought of how to create a chalkboard from a broken mirror would be the perfect project.
I always start off by cleaning the piece thoroughly with white cleaning vinegar and water. After it dries I start to work. Furniture buttons were glued on. Pieces of the old dresser removed.
I decided to paint the chalkboard first. It took 4 coats of chalkboard paint. Sand it with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats.
For the painted part I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint. For the first coat, I added a touch of Chocolate Brown to Snow White. I don’t think I added enough to matter.
More Snow White was added to the mixture for the 2nd coat of paint.
To distress the frame I used 120, 220 and 400 sandpaper wrapped around the sanding sponge. The frame was waxed with a clear wax. Brown wax was used in strategic spots. I added picture hanging wire and hardware to hang the chalkboard.
Don’t forget to season the chalkboard by taking a piece of chalk on its side and rubbing it over the chalkboard. Rub in with a dry cloth and erase. If you don’t season the chalkboard you run the risk of the first drawing becoming permanent.
I have done other chalkboards. One is from a mirror except the mirror was intact and one on a cabinet door. How to create a chalkboard from a broken mirror is one of my favorite projects. Do you think you will try making a chalkboard from something?
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Vintage Mirror without the mirror Chalkboard Paint