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.
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