Mirror Chalkboard Craft

  • How to Turn an Old Mirror Into a Chalkboard

    How to Turn an Old Mirror Into a Chalkboard
    Mirror Chalkboard Craft. Sherri Osborn

    I found this old mirror at a thrift store for $5.00. The frame was gold and it just screamed for a make over! I thought it would make a fun and fashionable chalkboard. Don't you think so?

    This was very easy to do and it is a fun way to send an encouraging message.

    • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)

    The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your...MORE circumstances.

    Materials Needed:

    • Old Mirror (I got mine at a thrift store)
    • Spray Paint Primer (compare prices)
    • Chalkboard Spray Paint (compare prices)
    • Paint
    • Small Piece of Felt (to use as an eraser)
    • Chalk (compare prices)
    • Masking Tape
    • Newspaper (Use to cover your work surface and sections of the mirror)


    Clean and dry the mirror. Lay the mirror down on some newspaper and spray it with several thin layers of primer. Once you have your mirror covered with the primer, let it dry completely.

    Once the primer is dry, you are ready to paint the frame. I chose a turquoise paint and it ended up being a little darker than I wanted but I still like it. You can tape off the frame area of you like, so the paint stays only on the frame. Since I was going to paint the mirror black (chalkboard paint), I didn't worry about it.

    Paint the frame using several thin coats so the paint does not run. Wait until one layer is dry to the touch before adding another. Like with the primer, when you are done painting the frame, let it set until it is completely dry. This is especially important because in the next step you will be covering the frame with tape and newspaper and you do not want it to stick.

    Finally, you are ready for the chalkboard paint. Use masking tape and pieces of newspaper to cover the frame, and then start painting. I used about six thin layers, letting each layer dry for between 30 and 60 minutes before I applied the next one.

    Let the chalkboard paint cure for as long as the paint can says, and then remove the tape and newspaper. My chalkboard paint can also suggested I condition the chalkboard paint by rubbing the side of the chalk over it and then wiping it off. Don't skip this step, I did with another project and I could not totally erase the lines.

    Now you can hang up your new chalkboard and enjoy. What room would you hang your in?