Home décor items can be expensive. You can save a lot of money by crafting your own art projects and up-cycling old items into something new for your home. Thrift stores are full of outdated and out of style objects that can be transformed into something beautiful and functional with a little imagination and some elbow grease. One item that can be found over and over again at the second hand store is mirrors. You can transform someone’s outdated retro mirror into a functional, trendy chalkboard with just a few inexpensive items from the hardware store. Chalkboard signs hung in your home office, front entry way or kids rooms are always popular and easy enough to DIY in just one afternoon.
- Chalkboard paint
- Paint brushes or foam rollers
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Craft paint or spray paint
Since I am challenging myself to a "Buy Nothing" month this September I actually was able to make this chalkboard only using supplies I already had around the house. The old mirror was donated from a family member and we already had the paint and other supplies from other craft projects!
First clean your mirror with glass cleaner making sure to remove all dust and residue from the glass. If you plan to paint the frame of the mirror your should give it a light sanding with fine grit sandpaper and wipe it down as well to remove any dust or old paint. In addition to old mirrors, glass picture frames with an interesting frame can be made into a chalkboard too!
Follow the directions on the chalkboard paint container. You will probably need to apply 2-3 coats of the chalkboard paint in order to get it thick enough. Make sure to let it dry for several hours between each coat to avoid peeling. Apply paint with either a small foam roller or small paintbrush making sure to use long even strokes.
Once the chalkboard paint is dry you can paint the frame if you like. Make sure to tape off and cover the chalkboard area to avoid getting the paint on this area. Use the appropriate paint or spray paint for the surface that you are coloring. Apply 2-3 coats of this paint as well allowing it to fully dry between coats.