Jumping on the chalk wagon

Chalk paint is very in at the moment and you can find it all over Pinterest! For my latest project I turned an old mirror into a large chalkboard for the kitchen. I had a small collection of wall hangings on a rather large wall in my kitchen and was struggling to figure out what to replace them with. Luckily I didn’t have to look further than the garage.

the old hangings

Our garage is filled with a collection of lamps, vases, old clothes in containers I can’t toss, holiday décor, Mike’s work equipment, mirrors, and now retired infant items. I decided instead of going out and buying something new I would utilize what I already have. One of the pieces that I had hanging there was a small chalkboard that gave me the idea to go bigger. I had three (yes three, and no I am not a hoarder) unused mirrors that I brought into the kitchen and tested out to see how they would each look. I decided to use the largest mirror because it looked good just by itself and I wouldn’t need to worry about placing anything else on the wall. Another win was due to the large size of the mirror it covered all the old holes up!

It was a huge mission just to find the paint! Ace Hardware only had green colored, Lowes was completely out, and two days later I finally found some at Home Depot. My first mistake is I purchased two cans because I thought they were really small- you only need one! Not only did I have enough paint for two coats, my mom used it to paint a mirror for her house, and I used it for another project for Lily’s birthday (I will share the details after the party!).

First thing I did was clean the mirror and then I taped off the edges with painters tape. Now the instructions said you should use a roller but I used a brush, this would be my second mistake. This pain dries quickly and since I was painting such a large mirror I wish I used the roller so it would be a bit smoother. I waited four hours before I applied another coat and then left it outside to dry overnight….this was my third mistake! That particular night it was a little humid and messed with the drying.

When I took it inside the next morning Mike and I were so excited to take off the tape and hang it. As I started to peel the tape the paint was pulling with it. This is where my fourth mistake occurred. Having little patience that day I just kept peeling the tape off and exposing bits of the mirror here and there. I should have let it sit a little longer inside. Bummed but not defeated I laid the mirror on the kitchen counter and broke the brush and paint out again. I made touchups only to the areas where you could see the mirror and it looks fine! Is it perfect…nope, but I keep telling myself that it gives the board character!

Now I tried using regular chalk I had on hand, but I wanted a smoother look- like the kind you see at Starbucks, or a really nifty deli with today’s soups listed with a cute drawing of a steaming bowl next to it! You can buy the chalk pens online or at Joann Fabric. They are not cheap! I got a set of Chalk Ink’s colored 6 mm chisel pens and a 15 mm broad white pen from the same brand. Save the money and but the larger one first! As much fun as it is to have the other colors I love using the 15mm size better. The smaller ones seem to run out of ink in the midst of writing, whereas the bigger tip can hold more chalk paint….just my two cents! Besides that I love the pens. They dry quick and they don’t rub off like regular chalk. AND it doesn’t leave dust residue on the ground! All you need is a wet paper towel to wipe it off!

So now I have a board just like a nifty deli that lists the week’s menu. It is lacking a cute drawing of a bowl of soup, but the great thing is it changes every week! We have glass containers from Pier 1 that hold our coffee grinds and Splenda packets. On the outside of these containers is a chalk swipe where we list what coffee we are currently brewing. I love stumbling on cute finds like that at a store, but the remade mirror is more enjoyable because it is unique!

Have any of you jumped on the chalk wagon? Love to hear about it!

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  1. Melody commented:
    June 5, 2012 Reply

    I love the new updated look with the chalked mirror! It looks like a whole new room! I haven’t tried anything like this yet, but a roommate of mine painted some wine bottles with chalk paint and then wrote on them for a Mother’s Day gift.

  2. Amy Romano commented:
    June 5, 2012 Reply

    A new room is right! I love the idea about the wine bottles! If you ever get around to trying out chalk paint I would love to hear about it!

  3. Meghan commented:
    June 6, 2012 Reply

    OMGAmy your site is ADORABLE!!!! I love it!!! PS- I am obsessed with chalkboard paint and crafts! I have a huge chalkboard in my living room that used to be an old ikea frame! Tips I have:

    – Buy the chalkboard paint at Michaels and use your 40% off coupon:)
    – Remove mirror or art and replace with a piece of wood (can be super thin and cheap like plywood) and have lowes or home depot cut it…then glue it into your frame. That way the paint wont peel off or chip:)

    Love the idea of painting a strip on the glass! I also painted old terracotta pots and then wrote what I had planted in them and how many times a week to water! Super cute!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 6, 2012 Reply

      Thanks Meghan you are too kind! I love all your tips- especially reminding me about Michaels 40%off!!Congrats on becoming a mommy! Sweet Brody is beyond adorable! And btw you were the cutest preggo ever 😉

  4. Elizabeth commented:
    June 6, 2012 Reply

    Im dying to have a big chalkboard somewhere in my house. Your project turned out lovely…..I did a post on chalkboards yesterday too 🙂

  5. Emily Ley commented:
    June 8, 2012 Reply

    I LOVE THIS! Will you come to my house and do one for me? : ) xoxo

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 8, 2012 Reply

      I would LOVE to!! I have plenty of leftover paint & I even have a left over mirror in the garage 😉 I don’t know how it will go with your awesome remodel! Maybe we can paint some planters for our new porches??!!

  6. mckay commented:
    June 9, 2012 Reply

    um, can I commission you for one in my office? thank you! 🙂

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 13, 2012 Reply

      Sure- let’s swap an adorable Oatmeal Lace purse for a chalkboard;)

  7. Elissa commented:
    November 25, 2013 Reply

    I love this!
    May I ask the size of the chalkboard?
    Love all your ideas!

  8. Cindi Holroyd commented:
    December 12, 2014 Reply

    I love this! I’m working on pictures to make one for my kids for Christmas. I’m having it say “from 1st kiss… to family bliss.” 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!!! They dated, married and now have a little girl that turns 1 in Jan 🙂

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