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How To Make A DIY Chalkboard From A Thrift Store Mirror

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Turn an oversized thrift store mirror into a beautiful chalkboard with these simple, easy steps. Make it a statement piece of art with Chalk Couture transfers. Let me show you how!


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We are back for this month’s thrift store challenge and I am thrilled to show you how I took an old bureau mirror and turned it into an oversized chalkboard that I can change out for each season. The image is completely removable with water! How cool is that?

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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DIY Chalkboard From A Thrift Store Mirror

Keep your eyes open for large mirrors at the thrift store or yard sales. You can usually find them for just a few dollars.



Be sure to clean the mirror really well with a rag. You can also use a little rubbing alcohol on it to remove fingerprints, etc. Once it is completely dry, use a foam brush to paint the entire piece with chalkboard paint. Be sure to paint in even strokes and don’t overload the brush. It takes a good 3-4 coats and it is best to let each coat dry before adding the next coat. The below picture is after four coats:

I let it sit for a couple of days before adding the transfer. The adorable Farmer’s Market image is perfect for my One Room Challenge kitchen makeover that you can read about here.

The transfer is sticky, so you simply place it on the chalkboard and use the squeegee to add the colors you would like. If it is your first time, it is best to just use a solid color. Once you get the hang of it you can add in different colors.

Unfortunately, I lost a bunch of photos showing the before of the mirror and the steps of the chalking. But you can see the steps in a chalkboard project I shared here. using the same process. The best part is, you can make this permanent by spraying a clear sealer, OR you can remove it by washing it with water. I plan to replace this image with a Thanksgiving image and then Christmas.

farm fresh rooster

You can see another chalkboard project I made here:

Finished Welcome Wreath

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


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