This month’s theme for our Thrifty Chicks challenge is Chalkboards. Now I think chalkboards are really cool, does anybody say that word anymore? Anyway, I haven’t done much with it because it isn’t a big seller in my booth. I did use it for the globe book ends, the memo cube and on some glass canisters but that is about it. But this gave me the opportunity to show you how to make a chalkboard from a mirror.
The mirror that I decided upon is the other one my friend, KT gave me. It is vintage and I did hesitate about covering up the mirror but decided why not. She had already started working on it by painting it a beachy blue.
I thought why not stick with that color palette and used a lighter blue that is so pretty. It was already mixed up and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a dresser I was working on for a client.
I always start a project by cleaning the piece. If only because it does get dusty in the garage. This piece was wiped down with the solution of white cleaning vinegar and water. I keep it mixed up in a spray bottle. Let it dry.
So after it was dry I considered the next step. And I decided the best way to go was to prime it. Luckily for me, I had a can of spray primer. Maybe it does pay to be a hoarder prepared after all. I sprayed several light coats for full coverage.
Once I felt the primer was cured I carefully painted the frame with the paint already mixed with Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder and the pretty blue paint. It only took one coat along with a little touch up here and there.
The next step is to use painters tape to tape around the mirror frame. That is unless you can take the mirror out. In this case, I left it. Now it was time to use the chalkboard paint to make the chalkboard. I suspect it would have been easier to use the spray chalkboard paint but I had the quart can so I took a wide sponge brush and painted the primed mirror going up and down. It took four coats.
Let it dry thoroughly. Even allowing it to cure some of the chalkboard paint peeled up when I pulled up the tape. I carefully touched it up. BUT before I did that I used the sanding sponge wrapped in 220 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the chalkboard to smooth it out. Then I did the touch-up.
After that dried, I sanded it again. At that point, it was time to wax the frame. I just used a clear wax and buffed to a nice sheen. And then I sanded the chalkboard again and again so it was nice and smooth.
Now chalkboards need to be seasoned. Take a piece of white chalk on its side and rub it all over the chalkboard vertically and then horizontally. Wipe with a soft cloth and blow all the chalk dust away.
I used the farmhouse stencil because my handwriting isn’t pretty. After I stenciled on the design, I waxed it a final time with clear and then with the dark wax. Buff it to a nice sheen.
You are now ready to use your chalkboard. If you want your chalkboard to be a working chalkboard it is recommended you don’t leave the design or whatever is written on it to remain for any length of time. Don’t leave the design on too long or will remain. It is time to repaint it if the chalkboard isn’t taking the chalk. For a crisp, clear picture wet the board or piece of chalk. Or use Liquid chalk the picture will be crisper. I only had regular chalk and could not find liquid chalk in the store I shop at. And one final tip, don’t use a paper towel on it. It will leave lint stuff on the chalkboard.
Now that I showed you how to make a chalkboard from a mirror give it a try and have fun. Oh I only took the picture outside because the chalkboard is so big and heavy. I don’t have a good spot to hang it in the house for picture taking.
Be sure to check out all of the projects by the other talented Thrifty Chicks. The links are below.
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1. How to Make a Chalkboard from a Mirror, by Shoppe No. 5
2. Giving Vintage Jugs a Modern Look with Chalkboard Paint, by Adirondack Girl @ Heart
3. DIY Chalkboard Scoreboard, by Just the Woods
4. Chalkboard Wall in the Pantry, by Lora B’s Create & Ponder
5. Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors, by Interior Frugalista
6. Chalkboards in Any Color, by Little Vintage Cottage
7. Quick Easy Cookie Sheet Chalkboard, by Thrifty Rebel Vintage