EASY Antique Mirror to Chalkboard DIY Transformation

When I first spotted this lovely antique mirror at Goodwill,
I knew its purpose, and it wasn't as a looking glass.
Its size and sturdiness was what I'd been looking for to use over our demilune hall table.
As a chalkboard.

The gesso floral molding gave interest to an otherwise narrow frame.
It measures 28" by 40" and is HEA-VY!

And you'll never believe what I paid for it!
It was New Year's Day and everything in the store was half off so it was half off the sticker price.

I had some primer from another project, but did buy some chalkboard paint.
I think it was $3 something and I found it at Wal-Mart.

I took the frame outside, covered the side of our trashcan with a painter's tarp
on which I leaned the mirror and began covering the mirror with primer.
Nope. I didn't tape off the frame to cover it.
You'll see why I didn't below.

After a few light layers of primer had dried, I sprayed three light layers of chalkboard paint on.
This took about 3 hours of spraying and drying.

I brought it inside and let it dry for a few days then, according to the directions on the can,
I rubbed the long side of a new long chalk piece all over the surface
and wiped it off to prepare it to be written on.

I changed the frame color with some metallic craft paint.
Antique Gold by Folk Art.

I commissioned my daughter, Miss S (college senior girl who has studied 5 languages), 
to write on it.
(I let her choose the message!)
Here's what she wrote:

Oh, Eternel!
J'aime le sejour
de ta maison,
le lieu ou
ta gloire habite.
Psaume 26:8

In English:

I love the house
where You live.
The place where your
glory resides.
Psalm 26:8

It is perfect.

Do you have a spot in your home that you'd like a chalkboard?
It's really easy to make one, even from an old picture you may have that you no longer love.

Prime, paint, print, and praise!

Go do it!

Have a beautiful day making your home!



  1. How fun, and I love your vignette. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. http://www.astrollthrulife.net. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the table and chalkboard vignette.... I love finding things and repurposing them for my home.. YOu did a great job! Looks just lovely! Blessings!

  3. Hi I really like how it came out. But I don't understand how you removed the chalk paint of the insides of the frame and on the frame. Did you just paint it with the gold leaf paint?

  4. Awww Leslie - such a beautiful job, but I wouldn't expect anything less! I sure wish I had somewhere to do something in chalkboard, but I just don't have a single wall in my house where I could put it. :-( Maybe on the inside of my pantry door???

  5. I wouldn't have thought to do it, and I love the way it came out. So pretty, Leslie.


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