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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Barn Sale Treasure! {DIY Chalkboard Mirror}

This weekend Jess and I got up bright and early on Saturday morning to attend a barn sale.  We weren't 100% sure what to expect (the details were limited) and on the way we were laughing at the possibility of us walking it and it being all farm equipment! Thankfully it wasn't!
The sale was inside and out of this cool, old barn

 There were plenty of random things, but also tons of furniture, mirrors, and stuff that was right up our alley!
 I REALLY wanted to buy this piece for my dining room, but it's a corner unit that wouldn't fit.  I was bummed!
 Jess almost bought this mantle to turn into a headboard, but I kind of talked her out of it because I thought it was overpriced!
 We both loved this cool sign!
 I spotted and scored this awesome "Mirror, Mirror, on the wall..." style mirror for $5.00!
DIY Chalkboard Mirror
Have I mentioned I'm impulsive?? 
By Saturday afternoon I was ready to start working on my mirror project! I make my poor husband take all kinds of dorky pictures of me holding things... He accidentally got himself in this picture (don't tell him I used it on the blog!)
 Here's the mirror before... Jess is in a gold phase, and liked it gold, but me... not so much...
 I went to Lowes and after staring at the spraypaint choices for an eternity, I decided that blue will now be my kitchen accent color.  A worker actually made a comment about how long it took me to choose. :)

 Did the blue in the above picture worry you?? 
 It just looks crazy bright in the pic, in reality, it's a really great, dark blue! Love it! If you're doing this project with a mirror, I recommend spraypainting right over the mirror as well.  It acts like a primer for the chalkboard paint. 
 See the little cobwebs??  I clearly didn't take the time to prep the mirror.  Thankfully, they wiped right off.  Impulsive remember?
Next, it was time to paint the mirror surface with chalkboard paint.  You can get it by the quart at any Lowes or Home Depot. 
 Rather than using my real painting brushes, I opted for some art brushes because I was going to freehand the edges. 
 It is just me or do other people like taking pictures of open cans of paint? I always think they look so cool!
 Thankfully, the mirror had an easy edge to follow and I was able to get my lines nice and crisp (perfectionist tendencies!)
 The chalkboard paint went on really evenly and only required one coat.
 And of course I hung it before it was dry! Ahhh I love it so much!
 We decided we'd use it for a countdown for this kids for now.  Eventually, I'll need some kind of quote that makes me seem way cooler than I am. 
 Here's where it's hanging in my house...It's on a small wall area between the kitchen and living room.  And look, I've been using my  Key Hooks and you can see them in this picture!
So, do you have any cool frames or broken mirrors that you can make into a cool chalkboard? 
What do you think of my Mirror, Mirror on the Wall turned Chalkboard? 

5 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT! Where was the barn sale...was it on Allentown Road?!?! I drove past a big barn sale on Saturday morning...and was so tempted to go in, but didn't have any cash on me! I LOVE the mirror you re-did, and I can COMPLETELY relate to that impulsivity!! I kick myself all the time for it...it gets bad :)

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  2. I am loving this framed mirror turned chalkboard.Great score

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  4. I love it!!! I will *try* to do this with mine. I'll message you pictures!

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  5. I"m kicking myself...yesterday i was at Jake's Flea market (ever hear of it, you would love it--it's right up the street from me). I found a beautiful oval mirror with the coolest frame that I almost bought..and didn't get it. I'll have to go back next week and hope it's still there. I would get more things accomplished if I were more "impulsive" SOmetimes I think too much!

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