Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

Last week, while reading some of my new favorite blogs, I stumbled upon two blog posts that put me into swift action. Rebecca at You Are Talking Too Much posted this gorgeous Thrift Store Mirror to Cafe Chalkboard, and Debbie at Refresh Restyle had written a tutorial about writing on your chalkboard.  These ladies have been so kind, and helpful…I cannot say enough about how sweet they are!  I asked Rebecca a few questions, and she told me exactly what I needed to do.  After hearing her response, I ran into my bedroom and grabbed up this hideously dark mirror that my mom found in the attic of a home she rented, and got started with my transformation.
As instructed by Rebecca, I first primed my mirror since I was using a thicker chalkboard paint.  Please excuse the fact that I didn’t take a picture of my mirror first…I was just too excited!
Next, I primed the frame of the mirror and painted the first coat of chalkboard paint on the mirror.
After the primer and paint dried, I painted the first coat of paint on the frame, and layer two of chalkboard paint on the mirror.
That’s it…finito benito!  I love it…and it fits perfectly with the rest of my home!  I love that I can change it as often as I like, and move it around as well!  
Thanks so much for the inspiration, ladies!

I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!


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    Perfectly beautiful! I love the results and it is just such a gorgeous piece! great job and thanks so much for joining us today!!! hugs…(i want one : ) lol!!!

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    I love your chalkboard! I wish I could find a cool old mirror, the details are beautiful on yours!
    Have a great week,

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    I love your chalkboard! I wish I could find a cool old mirror, the details of yours is beautiful!
    Have a great week!

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    I love it! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this and so I’m glad I found your post at the cinch linky party! I’m a new linky follower of yours and I’m going to go like you on FB right now too! I can’t wait to take a look around at your blog. I’ve got a new blog here http://www.saltboxhouse5.com and am also in the cinch linky party too. :)

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    I love this. What an amazing chalkboard that used to be a mirror!

    So easy, but so beautiful! I am pinning your vase for future inspiration :)

    Thanks for linking up to the party.


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    I love the shape of your new chalkboard. I have been making chalkboards lately too and have painted on both mirrors and outdated prints under glass.

  7. 16


    Oh my word how cute is this! I have the perfect mirror to do this to and I was fixin to throw it away! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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    Don’t you just love it when you literally get inspired into action! I see so many beautiful things out there but sometimes I just jump up and have to make it right now! Your chalkboard come out awesome…I am a huge fan of Debbie at refresh restyle.
    Thanks so much for linking up.

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    How pretty! I love what you did and I love the shape of that mirror/chalkboard! Really nice!

  10. 20


    You had me at chalkboard! What a fabulously shaped mirror you started with!

    Love Debbie at Refresh Restyle too!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party.

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    It looks great! And I love what you’ve written on it, too–a good reminder for all of us!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

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    Just found your blog from the linky party over at Grace At Home. Wow, what a wonderful piece — your tutorial makes it look so simple! I pinned this for future reference, and I’m looking forward to clicking around your blog for more great ideas. :D

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    This is awesome. I have a mirror in my garage and wasn’t sure that I could paint it. Now I definitely will! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. 26


    Great idea to paint over the mirror. Love it!
    I’m happy to be a new follower and hope you’ll stop by.
    Mary Alice

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    This is a really great idea!! I put some mirrors away and now have a reason to pull one out and give this a try!! fun post!!! I love chalkboard stuff!!

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    I would have never thought you could just paint over the mirror! I love it!!!

    I am visiting from SSS.


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    Great little makeover!
    I love a sweet chalkboard!
    Thanks for linking up to my Creative Inspirations party!
    Please come back Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    What a transformation! So pretty! What a pretty piece- looks great both ways but loving the chalkboard TONS!! :)

    PS: Featuring you this weekend!

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    Thanks so much for linking up @ the Delectable Home – I am thrilled to find your blog (so cute!). Your chalkboard mirror turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Anonymous says

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again

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    This is very educational content and written well for a change. It’s nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.!

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    Trish Smith says

    I’m doing this RIGHT now to hang on my pantry door!!!

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    Ilana says

    What kind of primer did you use?

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