November 26, 2013

Drab Mirror to Gorgeous Chalkboard Makeover

It finally got cold here over the weekend.
Just when I had plans to knock off a bunch of my projects that involved being outside.

But I still got the majority of them done.
I may not have been able to feel my fingers afterwards but I got things done :)

One of my projects to knock off my list was this sad, dreary mirror that we got a few weeks ago that came with a dresser. 

We didn't have a need for the mirror so I decided to make it into something prettier. 

Here's the dreary before:

As soon as I saw the mirror, I knew it had perfect potential to be a gorgeous, over-sized chalkboard. 

And so it began. 

First off, the old-school wooden applique had to go. 
It took a flat-head screwdriver and a little elbow grease and it popped right out.

Rather than being glued on, it was nailed on with tiny nails.
There was no hammering those little guys out and I wanted a smooth surface so I brought in my handy little dremel and cut the nails off :)

Love that tool. 

After getting it cleaned up & sanded down a little, it got several coats of creamy white paint.
Was already looking a million times better :) 

I gave the mirror itself three coats of chalkboard paint and left it to dry overnight.
It went on perfectly. 

After everything had dried, I gave the edges a slight distressing. 
You know that dark wood had to shown out a little somehow :)

Isn't it gorgeous?
I still can't get over what white paint can do. 

And, of course, I had to chalk it up & do a little photoshoot with her...
this picture of me & the hubs caused quite a stir on facebook...

Apparently, people saw 'baby' and went crazy.
Teaches them to read a bit further- ha! 

I love my chunky chalkboard though...and it looks even cuter with a christmas rag garland draped over it. 
I told hubby I was going to put it up for sale but secretly I'm crossing my fingers that no one buys it so it can stay with me forevvver :) 

I mean, check out the transformation...

Who wouldn't want that beauty hanging out at their house?? 

I can't promise I'll be posting much more this week with holiday festivities going on... so if I'm not back on here before then, I hope all my fabulous friends have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm so thankful for each & everyone one of you :) 

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  1. Love the chalkboard, I really need to find a old mirror.

  2. I love this, It is much better as a chalkboard

  3. Cute pic of you and the hubs! I did this with a mirror that Jama gave me, but I painted the back side of the mirror, so that If I got sick of using as a chalkboard, I could just flip it and have a mirror again. You are so talented, and where you find the time to do it all is beyond me :)

  4. That is adorable! On the hunt for an amazing framed mirror...

  5. i love this!! and its all your fault i've been looking for big chunky mirrors and old windows. ijs!!


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