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Project DIY: The Charcoal Chalkboard

We love a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to give new life to old things, it is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. Part of a sustainability mindset is finding ways to use what we already have and therefore purchase less.

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The DIY Project: Turning a Dresser Mirror into a Chalkboard

This is a throwback to one of the first projects Krista and I tackled together. We got ambitious for this project and decided to completely transform a piece of furniture. We took this old dresser mirror and made it into a chalkboard!

Our working together actually started with furniture DIY projects, including this mirror turned chalkboard and this vintage table we transformed.

Why I Love It

We loved that this piece was solid wood and had a good structure. We also enjoyed the fun shape to the mirror and were immediately inspired by it.

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Project underway with the mirror removed

The Plan

We decided to remove the mirror from its frame and transform this piece into a chalkboard with some functional hooks.

Supplies List

  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chalk Paint
  • Furniture Wax
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Board to replace the mirror
  • Spacers and screws for board
  • Drill
  • Screws and Hooks (we upcycled some beautiful glass knobs)
  • Measuring Tape for spacing the hooks

The Process

To start, we removed the mirror and painted layers of chalk paint. The wood’s finish was stubborn and took many more coats than expected, but chalk paint is easy to use and covered the frame smoothly in the end.

We decided to invert the frame to have the scallops on the base. This allowed us to attach some unique glass knobs that were salvaged from another piece of furniture.

After painting the frame, we continued onto the smaller details for the chalkboard. A board was cut for the backing and it was a blast testing out the chalkboard paint to cover the board. We drilled the holes for our funky glass knobs and put it all together.

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Placing spacers to hold the board in place.
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Drilling holes for the glass knobs.

The Finished Product

For the finishing touches we grabbed a chalkboard pen to give the chalkboard a spin.

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Our finished product!

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