Friday, September 23, 2011

Antique Mirror into Chic Chalkboard

Those who have been readers for a while....
recognize this?

This is how it started....

Back in MAY I asked you all, what to do with this (my $5 garage sale find)

It was an antique mirror, formerly from a dresser set, and the silver on the mirror was diminishing and was very foggy. I knew I would revamp it, but couldn't make up my mind as to HOW.

I had 3 options in mind:

OPTION A - Leave it as it, appreciate it's character
OPTION B - Paint the frame
OPTION C - Paint the frame AND paint the mirror into a chalkboard.

But then you all chimed in and gave some great NEW options to think about like:
-mod-podge the frame with scrap-paper
-do an acid effect like Vintage Revivals did on The Nate Show.
-Remove the mirror and put in sheet metal (for a magnet board)

So I thought about it all.
For nearly 6 months.

Actually, I was neglecting it out of FEAR.
Yes, FEAR.
Fear that I would mess it up and lose my great find.

But then I decided that sitting in storage was messing up my great find anyways.

So I went with my gut, and SPRAY PAINTED THE FRAME (in Krylon Ivory- Satin) and then SPRAY PAINTED CHALKBOARD PAINT (in Valspar - Chalkboard).
I also distressed the frame slightly.

Now, after I did the chalkboard LOOKED like it had been spray painted, uneven and blotchy. But the glorious thing about a chalkboard, is in order for it to work properly, you have to go over the entire thing with chalk to prep the surface. After I did gave the PERFECT chalkboard look. Maybe a *little* flawed, but as good as good gets for a $5 can of chalkboard paint!

I added these galvanized tins and greenery leaves (both from the dollar store) and these cute little shelves that were gifted to me by a friend who no longer needed them in her daughter's bedroom (thanks Jen!)

You may be wondering what's up with the Bushel and a Peck?

It's been in my head all week.
And it's cute.


Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said...

This is really cute. I really like how it has a different purpose now. Great Job! Visiting from Along for the Ride link party.

Krystal said...

It's adorable!

Rachel said...

I love it! I may have to get me some chalkboard paint now.

jandjhome said...

I love it. I made one a few months ago and I love the idea of it. I'm always on the hunt for gaudy frames.

Heidi said...

The chalkboard is adorable. It is amazing to me how just changing the color can make a piece so awesome. I am scared a chalkboard are making me want to give it a try.

Beth @ the city said...

Fun idea, it turned out so well! I just love chalkboard paint and how I keep thinking of more projects I want to do with it :)
I'm stopping by from Saturday is Crafty Day with Laura

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Don't you hate that when you "freeze" on a project out of fear? So many of what we get is one of a kind, I frequently put off a drastic makeover out of fear of messing it up.
Glad you jumped in and went with your instincts. You did good!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Darling- I love turning old frames and mirrors into chalkboards too- yours came out darling! I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime! :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Your chalkboard turned out so sweet, Sarah! Great job! :) Gotta love that chalkboard paint! lol!

xoxo laurie

Tammy said...

Your wall looks great! The mirror/chalkboard looks terrific! I am your newest follower. Thank you for sharing! Hope you can visit me sometime.

Inessa Stewart said...

Wow!you turned a mirrored frame into a chalkboard. Everything about it is adorable.Even the writing:)Love the tins and the greenery(looks like bushels).Oh and happy thanksgiving!

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Anonymous said...

hi there,

just wondering if you had to prep the mirror in any way before spray painting it with the chalk paint?
I am amazed that you can paint over a mirror , good idea !
also your sweet message "I love you a bushel and a peck' comes from a sweet little song that I think Sharon ,Lois and Brahm used to sing and the next line is " and a hug around the neck, a hug around the neck' we used to sing it all the time, thanks for sharing memories as well!!

Jane Lee said...

Chalkboards are classic. It adds up playful and cutesy look in any room where you put it. I don't know, I do appreciate chalkboards that much because it gives a childhood mood in any place.

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