Post # 1
FH and I were considering cancelling out the ceremony program & menu printing and using a chalkboard as a replacement. We were shopping around for a big chalkboard on the Internet, but were a bit shocked that chalkboards are actually not so cheap….
But today, when FH and I were coming back home from the grocery store, I saw this gigantic, gorgeous mirror by the dumpster! I immediately told the FH that we need to grab it & take it before someone else does.
The mirror is about 4-4.5 ft tall, 3-3.5ft wide, with solid wood frame. It already looks beautiful as is, but we will use chalkboard paint to convert it into a chalkboard for the wedding. Yay! We are so excited!!
We did some research about how to apply the paint, and so far we have gathered that we should put a layer of primer paint first, and then give two or three layers of chalkboard paint.
I was wondering if anyone has further advice (e.g. how to apply paint, which brand of paint to buy, etc) from experience.
Post # 3
Have you thought about just keeping it a mirror and putting the writing directly on like this–
But, if you really want a chalkboard sign, you will need a really good glass paint primer, and then just regular chalkboard paint. You could also remove the mirror and replace with melamine or even posterboard–which would make it much lighter to transport/set up and much easier to paint.
Post # 4
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personally i would keep it as a mirror – look into buying liquid chalk pens – they come in a range of colours so you could do black (would stand out well on the mirror) or use colours that compliment your colour scheme….
then, after the wedding, clean the chalk pen off and you have an awesome mirror with a back story – your 1st peice of furniture as ‘mr & mrs’!!
Post # 5
@weird_bunny: love this idea.
I converted photo framesinto blackboards but that was easier as you can take the glass outI
Post # 6
I would disconnect the glass from the frame and replace it with a smooth wood backing, otherwise you might have to shell out for some really expensive primer. As an example, we’re renovating our cottage – primer for regular dry wall is ~$30 a bucket, primer to cover old plastic fake wood panels is <$60. If you replace the glass with some sort of other backing, you also have the advantage of being able to paint the backing before inserting it in the frame. If you paint directly on the glass you’ll have to tape the entire frame carefully so that you don’t get black paint on the wood. As for the actual painting, assuming you paint directly on the glass, I would get a set of small brushes for the sides and then use a smallish foam roller (won’t leave lint) for the main surface.
Post # 7
I did this with a big picture that I bought at Goodwill. Literally all you have to do (all I did/turned out perfectly) is get a can of chalkboard spray paint, tape off the edges/cover the frame bit in newspaper, and spray in light coats. Thicker coats will leave drip marks.
ETA: Also clean the glass well with white vinegar and newspaper.
Post # 8
@wabanzi: FH and I saw the link you shared and we love the idea! I think we will keep the mirror as is and write on the glass. Thank you!
Post # 9
@Redholix: It’s going to look so great! If you have a straight edge razor (or even the straight edge of an exacto knife) use it to scrape away any mistakes in your painting.