Antique Mirror Repurposed

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Welcome lovely Friends to day #4 of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series! I shared a peek of this antique mirror I found at the thrift store in yesterday’s post:

Antique Mirror Before

These old mirrors are SUPER heavy and the back was falling out, but for $9.98 I snapped it up.

After I painted the frame I went to clean up the mirror to put it back in, and it was so scratched. I know it looks great in the photo above, but that was taken in November back before I turned the mirror loose in my garage! Poor thing never stood a chance.

I ended up replacing it with a chalkboard:

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Looks great paired with my sofa table I shared yesterday!

Replace a scratched mirror with chalkboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

To add a little more function, I added hooks at the top on either side:

Adding hooks to this mirror turned chalkboard adds even more function.

I found these at Hobby Lobby, but they were originally black. A little spray paint fixed them right up. For the chalkboard I used hardboard. You can see more on how I make them in this post. Some people just paint right over the mirror, but because I sell these, I would hate for people to not know to be careful with it. Plus as I said up front, the original mirror was super heavy.

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This whole set up would be perfect in an entry hall (if you have one as I sadly do not), with a little dish waiting to collect your keys…

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Replace a scratched mirror with chalkboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used pure white for this, but it did require a couple coats of shellac first. It seems the good ones are always bleeders! I sanded and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Replace a scratched mirror with chalkboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Turn a broken or outdated mirror into a chalkboard! Adding hooks to this one adds even for more function. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

I just dropped this off at my booth yesterday. It’s hard to say good bye sometimes.

Hope you enjoyed today’s thrifty makeover. I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did with another thrift store mirror!

Oval rosette mirror before

Is it still a mirror? You’ll have to come back tomorrow and see!

UPDATE: No you don’t! See it HERE now! 🙂

If you missed the first three days of this awesome series, you can check them out here:

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1. Mini Shelf Makeover   2. DIY Tray from an Old Picture   3. Patterned Sofa Table

 

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. The mirror turned chalkboard is beautiful! It appears your garage is the place to shop. Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to answer!

    • I’m so glad you like it! Yes my garage has quite a pile of treasures just waiting for their day to shine. I am slowly getting through them though! XO

  2. Another great makeover!! xoxo

  3. Very Nice Christy… I am green of envy of your thrift finds¡¡, in Spain those jewels are so expensive¡¡ imposible to do nothing…. I want to move there hahaha… I am planning a trip with my family to Usa, I ‘am sure that I wil spend one day thrifting here and there…so I’ll buy one big suitcase just for it…. Looking forward to see your new makeover tomorrow…I visualize this mirror as an sign with an oval graphic and hooks …should be ..why not?, see you tomorow darling XOXO

    • Thanks, Victoria! I am very lucky to have several thrift stores near me, but my favorite one is closing next month…so sad! Where are you planning to visit in the US? Yes, bring a big suitcase ha ha! I love your plan for tomorrow’s mirror…have to wait and see! 😉 XOXO

  4. I love this makeover, great idea!!

  5. Turned out great!

  6. I think it’s hilarious what you said about your garage! Mine is the same way. I always tell my customers they need to pick up as soon as possible once I’m done with a piece because it’s not safe for finished pieces in my garage – terrible things happen! LOL!

    • I so get what you’re saying! I try really hard not to take on other people’s furniture because I would be afraid for it lol! Even my own pieces, if something bad is going to happen, it’s always in the home stretch!

  7. It’s official, I’m coming down to visit you to go thrift shopping! You find the best things and do such a good job of making them over.

  8. You are Blessed with talent!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!
    Addie!!!

  9. I love this! The color, shape, everything! You really pulled off a winner here.

  10. Nice repurpose Christy – pinned it!

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