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:
J'aime le sejour
de ta maison,
le lieu ou
ta gloire habite.
I love the house
where You live.
The place where your
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!