Hello amazing friends! I have another makeover to share with y’all from this pile of goodies I picked up last Saturday:
It’s this mirror I scored for $4.98:
If you missed what I did with the baskets, see them HERE.
I had passed it up twice before since the mirror in it was so heavy. Then when I saw it last Saturday, it had been marked down again and it occurred to me that it would make a fantastic chalkboard!
Don’t you think?
This wall is in our kitchen and I knew I wanted to put a chalkboard here. This frame was just the right size!
I have made tons of chalkboards for my booth, but never had a place to hang one in our old house. I have included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
Have you ever made a chalkboard? Have you wanted to but didn’t know how?
I have shared how I make mine a few times before, but I thought I would share again just in case!
I start with a frame, of course. You can find so many pretty frames at thrift stores.
Mine started out as a mirror so I had to remove the backing and the mirror, then I painted it in just ONE coat of DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)
That way when I sand, I get a really nice worn look:
For the chalkboard, I prefer not to use the original glass or mirror because I am selling them, and my customers won’t know to be careful with them once they’re painted.
I head to Lowes or Home Depot for a sheet hardboard:
Hardboard is like pegboard but without the holes. For less than $10, I can make several chalkboards. They also sell a quarter sheet, but it’s much cheaper to buy a whole sheet if you want to make several!
I have them cut it in half for me so I can fit it into my car:
I bought two sheets on this trip.
I use whatever came out of the frame to trace for my new chalkboard:
Then I use my Jigsaw to cut it out…
Always test fit to be sure because sometimes this happens:
Oopsie…happens for me often actually. No worries…a quick trim does the trick.
The next step is to turn it into a chalkboard.
My favorite chalkboard paint is Rustoleum’s spray chalkboard paint:
A couple of quick coats and it’s ready to go, and dries quickly too.
When it’s dry, I season the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface:
Then I wipe it off with a clean soft cloth. This is supposed to stop the first markings from leaving a permanent mark on the board. I have yet to test this theory.
This is my favorite chalk right now:
You can find it amongst the dollar items at Michaels, usually in bins near the registers.
Then I secure the chalkboard in the frame using my Logan Point Driver:
I love that thang! I use it to make trays as well. You could also use a hammer and small nails, hammered in sideways like the points above.
If this were heading to my booth, I would cover the back in pretty paper, but since it is for my kitchen, I skipped that step and went straight to adding the hanging hardware.
These sawtooth hangers or d-rings work just fine:
And you’ve got yourself a chalkboard!
For a little extra detail on the bottom, I added an old knob I found while I was digging through my stash the other day looking for embellishments for my baskets. (See how they turned out HERE.)
I chalk painted this with two coats, then used my nail to scratch some of the paint off here and there:
To insert it into the frame, I pressed it onto the wood slightly to leave indentions where I needed to drill. Then I drilled two shallow holes…
The hardware was a really tight fit so I was able to just push it in and it stayed put. Otherwise I would have dropped a bead of E6000 glue in each hole and then inserted the hardware, and let it sit over night to dry.
It adds a fun little detail to this otherwise plain frame.
Now normally I would stage it really cute for photos, but this is where it will live, so this is what you get. 🙂
Can you tell I painted the walls and trim in here?
Before it was painted like what you see through the doorway there by the stairs…contractor white.
Our kitchen walls look so much better now, and our trim really pops.
This is the same color as I used in the living room: Campfire Ash by Behr…
It’s a perfect neutral. Not too gray, not too beige.
I also did the hall that leads to the laundry, bath, garage, FROG, and storage room…that’s FIVE doors and doorways! (Not to mention the doorway into the hall!)
And here’s a quick shot of the rest of our kitchen in case you forgot what it looks like…
I can’t wait to paint these cabinets in here! That job is not very high on the to-do list right now though.
Be a little extra kind to those you encounter today. Kindness is contagious. I think we could all use some of that right about now!
I’ll see you soon with the makeover of this Craig’s List find:
UPDATE: See how this dresser turned out HERE now!
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