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Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard {guest post}

Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations turned a curbside find into this incredible antique chalkboard for her home with Liquorice, Devotion, and antiquing wax!

This curbed mirror frame first appeared really nice so I took it home.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I found out it was laminate. But, it would make a great chalkboard, regardless of the quality.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I decided to make it appear antique so I sanded the clear finish a bit to take on the paint.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Then, sanded the roughed up spots and taped the framework for painting.

The manufactured board absorbed an entire bottle of brush on chalkboard paint AND two cans of chalkboard spray paint.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I planned on red for color. Using Devotion on just the frame itself, I thinned it with water so the wood grain showed slightly.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

For the top and the bottom of the frame, I chose Liquorice; also thinned with water for the same affect.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Worried that the laminate would warp or ripple, I watched it carefully in case I needed to save it.

But, the paint was perfect.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

It covered the appliques nicely too.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Once dried, I softly sanded the entire mirror frame from top to bottom. Then accented the appliques by highlighting them with a foam sanding pad.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I touched up the raw areas with gel stain and wiped it off.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

For the Liquorice painted areas, I rubbed in clear wax to seal the paint.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Then used dark antiquing wax on the red paint.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Being a chalkboard, I felt it needed a tray of some sort. I had this scrap piece of a wooden fruit dish in my stash. I thought cutting it to attach it to the chalkboard would serve the purpose.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Cutting it in half would create one cubby for business cards and the other to hold chalk.

The cuts had to be done at an angle to mount them flush on the chalkboard.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Doing just that, cutting from outside corner straight over to the other outside corner made it fit as a floating cubby.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Sanding them slightly and applying dark wax before attaching them prevented any messes or mistakes on the board.

I used hot glue to apply them before screwing them onto the chalkboard was like having a helping hand.

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

When the wax dried enough to handle, I "broke in" the chalkboard paint.

Simply running the side of a chalk stick all over the chalkboard, then erasing a couple of times, made the surface ready for use. I wrote examples for many uses of this huge framed chalkboard.

Here is how it turned out:

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Mirror Frame into Antiqued Chalkboard #DIY #chalkboard #antique #crafting - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I like how the paint worked on this project. All of the painted areas blended very nicely. The junky laminate became classy.

The size and style makes this board perfect for wedding parties, restaurant specials, booth sales, yard sales, store specials and more.






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Robin {Redo It Yourself Inspirations}

Hi there! I'm Robin, an Adirondack born and raised DIY'er transplanted into the capital area of New York. I blog at Redo It Yourself Inspirations where I share tutorials that focuses on all aspects of the DIY Home and Garden. I enjoy showing how to be thrifty while recycling and re-purposing every day items and furniture as much as possible. I love helping others find the inspiration to make better uses of things creatively.


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