Sunday, November 8, 2015

DIY Chalkboard with Mirror Tutorial

So, I moved into my new space at Southern Antiques and Accents. There's still a little work to be done on the booth, but I definitely like how it's coming together. In preparation for the move, I did make a new, larger sign and (per the shop owner's suggestion) a small mirror for the display.

It took a little time for me to decide what to do for the mirror. I played with buttons, a larger mirror, some small found objects, and other options as ideas sprung into my head. However, the shop owner did say something about chalk. . .  She could have said chalk paint, but I immediately envisioned a chalkboard.

To create my vision, I started by spreading some chalkboard paint onto an 8x10 canvas board. I followed the direction for the chalkboard paint I had (sand first coat, apply 2-3 layers, wait an hour between coats, scribble chalk all over last coat.) Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint.

Gather the rest of your supplies. I used a framed mirror from the Dollar Tree ($1), some lacy tape from the Dollar Tree ($1), and metal filigree corners from Michael's ($3.99 for 16 - before coupon). I found these in the scrapbook section of the store. I also used E6000 glue (not pictured here).

Remove the mirror from the frame, and apply the lacy tape around the edges.

Once you've covered all four edges with the tape, select which of the metal corners you want to use (I picked the bright, pewter-like ones.)

Glue the metal corners onto the corners of the mirror, letting them hang over the edges a little to cover the sharp.

Spread more E6000 on the back of the mirror and place onto the chalkboard. Allow it to set before moving onto the next step.

Use the backer from the framed mirror for this final step.

Glue the backer/stand onto the back of the board. Allow glue to dry.

Use chalk or a chalk marker to write your message.

I placed my mirror on one shelf in my new display. I'll share more of the display later.

How will you use your new mirror?

12 comments:

  1. It looks great! Can't believe you found all these goodies at the dollar store!
    Judy

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    1. Judy,
      Well. . .the mirror and the tape were at the dollar store. The canvas board and metal corners are from the craft store, but they're not expensive products by any means. I'm so glad you like it! I love me some inexpensive projects! :)
      Thanks

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  2. What a fabulous DIY! I doubt we have chalk paint in Bulgaria but the idea is irresistible! I'm sure the message will make people smile and...melt ;)

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna. I do hope it works out in the booth. I've still got some playing to do with the booth and a few more projects, but this was a start!
      I appreciate you stopping in and hope all is well with you!

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  4. Hope this is such a great DIY and a wonderful idea for your display! So many times, people are more receptive to buying when they an actually See themselves in the piece beforehand. Great idea!

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    1. Lee, Aw. . .thanks so much! Yeah, the shop owner is totally the one who suggested I add a mirror. She said often customers will go in the bathroom to take a look at a piece on. So, I came up with this. It was so cheap and easy! And, I love the little bit of victorian-ish it has. . .so ladylike! Thank you for checking it out!

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    1. Thanks so much Bobbie. It was so easy and turned out so cute, I had to share!! :)

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  6. Chalkboard paint seems like such a fun idea on so many different things. The mirror idea is adorable.

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    1. Leslie Anne,
      Oh yeah, chalkboard paint can be great! It's definitely a craft staple to have on hand. Thanks so much for checking out my little mirror idea!

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  7. Definitely want to make a few!
    Can't wait to see more of your booth.

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