Found a mirror to convert into a chalkboard!! Any advice?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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.

Nice score!

Post # 4
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

amazing find!!

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
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@weird_bunny:  love this idea. 

I converted photo framesinto blackboards but that was easier as you can take the glass outI

Post # 6
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 9
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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.  

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