For the past few years, I have been looking into my full length mirror and thinking, “I swear I can hardly see anything in this mirror.”  The mirror is old, I think I got in the early ’00 sometime.  On top of all that it was only $10, so I am guessing the quality wasn’t the best to start with.  I splurged and got a new, $15 mirror and holy cow, I can see in it!  My clothes match!

And then, I had this old, dingy mirror stuffed in my closet.  Then it hit me.  You know how you will see pictures of kids on their first day of school?  And sometimes their crafty parents put a chalk board next to them that will say cute things like what they want to be when they grow up and their new teachers name?  I always thought those were cute.  And, the full length mirror height would allow you to see growth year after year.  So yes, my craft idea came about because I want a cute picture that my son will probably never even pose for.

Oh well.

Here is the old mirror before:IMG_4193


I gathered up my chalk board paint (leftover from HJ’s table) and a foam brush.


Then, I started painting the mirror.  To make the chalkboard really use-able, use 5-6 coats of paint.  This is what it looked like after 1 coat:IMG_4195


Tyson watched me.

After the 5 coats dried (over-night), I covered the mirror with card board and taped it off.


Then, HJ picked out a spray paint.  He went with Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze.  WE took the mirror outside and sprayed the frame of the mirror.

Once that dried for a few days, it was ready to color!



PicMonkey Collage


15 Thoughts on “Getting My Craft On

  1. Aw it turned out so nice!!

  2. That is adorable!! I wish I was more crafty!! Maybe I just need to start trying some stuff instead of just pinning away on pinterest 🙂

    • on June 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm said:

      The stuff I make is usually simple because I am to impatient for lengthy and tedious projects!

  3. Love this!! It turned out great 🙂

  4. So cute!! Great idea to repurpose:)

    • on June 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm said:

      Thank you!! It’s really because I am too cheap to throw things out 🙂

  5. I love it! I just painted my garage entry door with chalkboard paint- it’s scary when you first open it, isn’t it? But ends up being so fun! P.S- Saw you over on Bower Power:)

    • on June 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm said:

      I now want to chalk board paint everything, but am nervous about how many chalkboards one actually needs…Thanks for stopping by!

  6. What a great idea, i am going to do this this weekend with an old mirror in the basement. How long did you wait in between coats?

    • on August 22, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

      I didn’t have to wait too long, maybe half hour. But the paint I used had to set 36 hours before you can draw on it!

  7. Love a good chalkboard project. I have never tried it on a mirror. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Heather on July 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm said:

    Where did you find the mirror?

    • on July 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm said:

      Hi Heather! It is a full length mirror from Wal-Mart or target. They have lots out right now with students heading off to college!

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