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Guest Post: An Easy Chalkboard Project

October 7, 2010

With most families’ busy fall schedules now in full swing, a message board can be a lifesaver when it comes to keeping track of appointments, grocery lists and reminders. And, a stylish chalkboard is a great addition to your decor.

While there are other tutorials out there for creating a framed chalkboard, I’ve found the easiest solution is to simply convert an old framed mirror. Luckily, Goodwill is a great place to find them, usually for less than $15.  While any style will work, I always look for a frame that has character–some interesting detailing or carving, like this one:

Once you have your mirror, you will need a can of chalkboard paint (available at any home improvement store), a sponge roller, painter’s tape and spray paint for the frame.

I recently completed this project using a mirror that we had stored away.  I started by rolling two coats of chalkboard paint directly over the mirror.  Be sure that you use a sponge roller; a brush will leave marks, giving you a rough surface.  Let the chalkboard paint dry for 24 hours.

Once the paint is dry, you can begin taping off the mirror so that only the frame is exposed.  I also use a piece of newspaper or shipping paper so that no paint mist gets on the mirror. Now, you’re ready to spray. For mine, I used a glossy white interior/exterior spray paint, but there are lots of fun colors out there, if you want to experiment.
The final result is a decorative message board that hangs by our back door and keeps us on track.
-Emily A. Clark

Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest blogger and Goodwill shopper Emily A. Clark. Stop by our Contributors page for more about Emily, or or read her other posts here.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2010 10:51 am

    Fantastic Emily, I’m a huge Goodwill shopper too, your mirror turned chalkboard is so very chic!

  2. patsy hinson permalink
    October 7, 2010 12:02 pm

    How fortunate we are to have Emily in Charlotte and especially as a contributor. She’s my very favorite designer and has ideas that all of us can do. Thanks so much, Emily!

  3. JoLynn permalink
    October 7, 2010 3:27 pm

    Thanks for this! I have made a few chalkboards, but never thought to use a mirror!! Great idea!

  4. October 7, 2010 4:31 pm

    I’m definitely going to give this a try. There are always mirrors to be found at Goodwill and yard sales. Making a smallish one as a gift and writing a special message on it to the recipient would be fun too! Don’t forget to give a box of chalk along with it!

  5. October 8, 2010 7:50 am

    If you sprayed first, can you scrape spray paint off a mirror like you can scrape regular paint off? I’m lazy, and avoid taping if I can.

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