Hello lovelies!! I’m excited to be back with my first brand new makeover of the year! It’s a mirror turned chalkboard project that turned out prettier than your average chalkboard!
I finally got around to redoing my hubby’s grandma’s mirror that went to this dresser that I shared back in 2016:
I don’t have a photo of the mirror in its original before state because I never planned to blog about it.
You can barely see it in this photo of our old garage not long after we picked up these pieces from Grandma’s house:
This mirror didn’t do the dresser justice at all, so I knew I wasn’t going to use them together. I had planned to just paint the mirror white and put it in my booth, but never got past painting it, and then it just sat. And sat. And sat some more.
Six years later, this frame is finally getting its big day!
The mirror that was in it was super heavy, and honesty, I have no idea what happened to it. I have a feeling it got purged in the move to our current house.
What I didn’t love about this piece was the funky shape at the top. It reminded me of cat ears for some reason.
I finally decided to add it to my FREE Haul just to get it done!
Painting the Frame
I started this redo by giving it a good wipe down, followed by Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
I usually work in the garage but this was our situation outside on Monday while I was working on this:
We had really high winds as well that blew all our furniture over! We don’t often get snow around here, so I’m spoiled being able to work in the garage most of the Winter!
It was just too cold out there for me lol.
It comes with four sheets of gorgeous blooms:
There are enough here to be able to do at least a couple of projects!
Adding a Transfer
I started by adding a large magnolia bloom to the top, left corner of my frame:
Each transfer comes with the burnishing tool I’m using here.
How to apply a transfer:
- Remove the white backing
- Position the transfer where you want it
- Use the burnishing tool included to burnish (rub with pressure) the transfer to your surface
- It is best to start in one corner and pull the clear plastic layer on top away from the transfer as you go.
- If you get any pieces that stick to the clear plastic layer on top, lay it back down and burnish some more
You may need to cut your transfer into smaller pieces and match it up to make it easier to apply in some areas.
Next, I moved onto the bottom, right corner:
This transfer has a couple of larger designs and then a few smaller pieces you can layer and build with.
I added another bloom up the right side from that corner:
And then I added another bloom just above that…
It isn’t uncommon to get areas like this over the curves where the transfer has separated:
It’s a pretty easy fix. The transfers are so thin, that you can layer right over the top and it won’t be noticeable at all. I just found a piece in the scraps that would blend right into the design to layer over that part:
And you can’t even tell, right?
You could also touch it up with paint if you have that color on hand.
It’s easy to get carried away and keep adding pieces!
Making the Chalkboard
On Tuesday once the weathered had calmed down, I was able to cut a piece of hardboard to fit (like pegboard but without the holes). I find that at Home Depot near the plywood.
Then, I used Rustoleum’s Chalkboard Spray (my favorite) to turn it into a chalkboard:
Don’t forget to season it by covering the surface with chalk:
Recently, someone asked me about making chalkboards and what kind of chalk I use, because they were finding that the chalk was scratching the surface of their chalkboard. My favorite is the chalk you find near the registers with all of the dollar items at Michaels. It comes in a plain brown box. It’s quite soft so no scratching, and it works great for seasoning your chalkboard.
Grandma’s Mirror turned Chalkboard, The After
Once I attached it to the frame, I had a brand new chalkboard!
And I thought this project was complete after adding the chalkboard, but…
So I decided to add them for a little more function like I like to do with mirrors!
It’s amazing what these transfers can do to elevate a simple frame!
And I don’t see the cat ears at all anymore!
This transfer is just beautiful..and it comes with a couple of critters too like this dragon fly:
Here are all the pieces I still have left to use on something else:
I’ve been asked before about my thoughts on using the actual mirror as a chalkboard. It can be done, but for safety’s sake, I prefer to swap out the mirror for hardboard, especially if I plan to sell it.
In this case, had I still had the mirror, I definitely would have left it as a mirror.
I wish I had a photo of the actual before, but I promise, it’s a huge improvement!
And you ARE amazing!!
See all the brand new transfers that just released last month HERE in my Etsy shop! Click on “Transfers” in the menu to see all the transfers I have in stock!
If you missed what I did with Grandma’s dresser back in 2016:
You can see that HERE!
And that’s another project crossed off the FREE-to-me Haul!
If you’ve missed any so far, you can catch up below!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with this lucky curbside find:
Hope to see y’all then! Have a wonderful weekend!!
UPDATE: This piece done and prettier than it knew it could be! See it here now!
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