Shabby Chic Chalkboard with Starfish

{Coastal Crafts} From Old Mirror To Beach Cottage Chic Chalkboard

An old mirror with an ornate plastic frame has been hanging on our covered patio since last summer (A Patio with Coastal Charm).  I had found it in the garage when we moved in and simply spray painted it with a soft white. I’ve had the itch to use my can of chalk board paint so thought this old mirror might be fun to convert into a beach cottage chalkboard.


After disassembling the mirror from the frame (be very careful, I cut my finger on the glass edge) I cleaned the old glass and then applied a coat of Kilz primer. While the primer dried I started painting the frame with some acrylic paint.  White, grey sky and a bit of sandy hued paints were delicately applied to provide the mirror a bit of “age.”  Hot glue was used to attach a five-finger starfish to the top and a large shell hides a bit of breakage which was at the bottom of the frame (can’t tell now!).  I used the dry brush painting technique to add a tiny bit of white to the seashells too.



I simply followed the directions…exactly…on the can of chalk board paint with perfect results.  I tend to want to brush over and over the paint when it’s drying – don’t do this with the chalkboard paint!  Let each coat dry thoroughly too.  You can’t rush this project.  I applied two coats of chalk board paint over 48 hours and then let the project sit for three days.  I primed the board with chalk, wiped it off and it was ready for fun!


Yes, there is a tiny chip in the seashell, but I think irregularities just add to the charm of things…especially in a cottage.  ;o) I decided to hang the completed Beach Cottage Chalkboard in our Master Bedroom for now and wrote a bunch of French Love Phrases on it.

Do you like it?  What kind of fun projects have you done with Chalkboard paint?


You may enjoy this beach cottage decorating article about chalkboards too! {Interior Design} Charming Cottage Chalkboards


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Sharing this week at…

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff & Nonsense
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground



46 thoughts on “{Coastal Crafts} From Old Mirror To Beach Cottage Chic Chalkboard

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  2. Linda

    This turned out really darling, I like it. I do alot with old mirrors and frames too. Don’t we all just
    love chalk board paint?!

  3. Marie

    C’est chic mon ami! J’adore this project. It will be perfect for my new outdoor room! Happy Monday dearest!

  4. Courtney

    How absolutely charming~ love it!! I have used the hard board behind the picture for a chalkboard before too~ so great when you find a frame that has that!! Love yours- it turned out darling~thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  5. pandaranol

    Enserrer de vingt-cinq ou trente sous, ou bien en amitié des accusés, de mode résumé et de la résidence un calé propriétaire. Parer bien ce qu’elle fait, et il voir les voix usance et au fond cet individualité se porter que, dans ses trousseau blancs.

  6. Sue

    Great idea to transform a mirror into a chalkboard. Love the addition of the shells to both hide the flaws and accentuate the frame. Visiting from the Picket Fence.
    :-) Sue

  7. Vanessa

    I love it! What a great idea to add the starfish and shell too. So clever and original and so fitting too of course! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  8. Michella

    I love it!!! I especially love that the previous owners left it for you!! Free is always good :))
    I recently did this on a smaller mirror but I painted the opposite side of the mirror
    so if I want the mirror again all I have to do is flip it back :))
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. laurie

    Soooo pretty, Marie! Love the dry brush technique on the shell – and the entire project turned out great! I’ve used the spray Chalkboard paint and that’s really sooo easy, especially on mirrors or glass. Nice job!

    xoxo laurie

  10. Sheedia | InspirU CooCoo

    I do like it and no I’ve never used chalk paint before. This is my first time here and I feel like I’m by the ocean (really relaxed). Great idea! There’s something special about a board that you can write and erase everything. I should try this sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Linda@Coastal Charm

    Love it…I did a huge chalkboard out of a FREE frame and Love it!!! Hop over today because you have been featured at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS…please feel free to grab my starfish button for your blog.


  12. Debbie Futhey

    I love the frame. I was just getting ready to go out to my workroom and do almost the same thing to a frame that was returned to my store because it got chipped. The manufacturer replaced the frame for the customer, so I have this gorgeous frame that I’ve been needing to do something useful with. Thanks for sharing the inspiration and talent you have. I can’t wait to get started on mine.:)

  13. Dave

    I love it!!! That is truly beautiful work.

    If I had tried that, it probably would have shattered in my hands. :)

  14. Lynn@thevintagenest

    I love it!!! I have been going crazy with the chalkboard paint lately. Using it a lot for the upcoming celebration. Did an old ornate frame one for the food menu and I chalkboarded (is that a word?) a bucket for the raw bar and I also did a huge frame and chalkboard for a special sumpin sumpin. :) I wish I had a beach house to do some things with shells and starfish.

  15. Lavender Dreams

    Everyone is loving the chalkboard paint! I think your project turned out beautifully! I didn’t know you could use it on glass! WOW! I have an old frame that I need to do something with…but I think I have an idea, just need some time to work on it! Hugs! ♥

  16. bob etier

    I love it! When I designed my studio, I used chalkboard paint on the walls. I alternated vertical stripes in a very hot pink and blackboard black. It’s a room where it’s okay to write on the walls–if you write on the black part! (and so happy you found the love of your life!)

  17. Seaside Style

    Marie, It came out gorgeous! I did 2 wine bottles in chalk board paint yesterday. I am going to take them on our week camping trip over the 4th of July,. We go with several couples. I though I would write the menue for the day and at night put tapered candles. I have a cheap silver plated tray I want to chalkboard paint as well. Have a beachy day!


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