In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn a vintage mirror into a chalkboard. This is a super-easy craft that you can even do with children or as a quick wedding or baby shower gift. The end result is an impressive and charming upcycled vintage mirror turned chalkboard that you can use in any room of your home. We plan to keep it in the kitchen as a fun menu board!
What You’ll Need: Vintage mirror (we found this one for just $3); chalk ($1); painter’s tape ($2); Krylon Chalkboard spray paint ($7.99 from Hobby Lobby); Valspar Crackle spray paint ($6.99 from Hobby Lobby); plastic bags and newspaper.
1) Wipe down the surface of the mirror well and apply the painter’s tape around the edges of the wooden frame.
2) Wrap the wooden edges of the frame in plastic bags, securing with the loose edges of painter’s tape. Lay down atop old newspapers in an open area outside.
3) As directed on can of chalkboard paint, apply several even coats to the mirror’s surface. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing plastic bags and painter’s tape from wooden mirror frame.
4) Now apply painter’s tape and plastic bags to interior of vintage mirror, completely covering the newly chalkboard painted portion.
5) According to directions on can of crackle spray paint, apply several even coats to frame of vintage mirror, allowing 10-15 minutes of dry time between coats. The more coats you apply, the larger of a crackle pattern you will see. We decided to keep ours pretty minimal.
6) After frame has completely dried, carefully remove painter’s tape and plastic bags from chalkboard. Voila! You now have an adorable kitchen chalkboard!
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $21.00