How to Turn an Old Mirror into a Chalkboard

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 
 

Hello friends!

Welcome to another #MonthlyDIYChallenge! Y’all know how much fun I have teaming up with my talented bloggy friends the first Wednesday of each month to see the different ideas we can come up with from the very same starting point!

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This month we’re having some fun with {chalkboards} to bring you all sorts of creative inspiration for your home!

12 DIY Chalkboard Projects sure to Inspire!
 

My fellow Fixer-Upper fans have probably come across this beautiful space in your travels…

Fixer Upper Living Room Space
 

I fell hard for this simple, but cozy living room the moment I first laid eyes on it.

The soft colours, rustic textures and of course, that pop of green!

So much so that it served as the inspiration to create a bold statement in our own farmhouse style family room.

Farmhouse Style Family Room | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

I love that this schoolhouse green chalkboard wall provides a pop of colour, but somehow it still seems to work as a neutral within the space.

Farmhouse Style Family Room | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Y’all raved about that green chalkboard wall SO much (THANK YOU!!!), that I couldn’t resist creating a new, smaller version of it…

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 

This pretty number happens to be an old mirror belonging to a vintage dresser set living in our master bedroom (you can check out some before photos here). Though the mirror didn’t quite fit into the vision I had for the space, it was far too lovely to let go of and I just knew I’d find some way to put it to work once again.

After digging it out of the far reaches of our basement, I got straight to work spraying on a couple of coats of the most perfect gold paint around the frame. I didn’t bother taping anything off as I planned to paint right over any paint that happened to land on the mirror.

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 

Once the frame was dry, I painted on a couple of coats of primer over the mirror itself using a small brush to paint around the edge of the frame (I was far too lazy to tape anything!) and this handy mini paint roller for the rest.

Then, I used the same technique to add a couple of coats of this green chalkboard paint to cover the primed mirror.

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 

Though I loved the way the gold and green played off of each other, the combination ended up being a bit more bold than I had anticipated, so I decided to tone the gold down a bit by applying a charcoal coloured glaze around the frame. It was a super simple process that took just a few extra minutes, but made all the difference!

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 

Finally, I finished it all off with a simple chalk scene perfect for those few months of Winter we’ve still got to look forward to.

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character!
 

I’m so, so happy with how it turned out! It’s been the perfect addition to mantel in our family room, bringing a fun pop of colour to the other side of the space now too.

Painting over an old mirror is such a simple and inexpensive way to create a chalkboard with loads of charm and character! | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

If you’d like to see how the rest of our farmhouse family room came together, you can check out the entire space here…

Farmhouse Style Family Room | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

And, just in case you’re on the hunt for more chalkboard inspiration, you can check out my other chalkboard projects below:


 
 

Now, don’t forget to check out the fabulous projects that my bloggy friends created for this month’s challenge too!


 
 

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
 
 

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