During one of my recent trips to the Raleigh Flea Market, I found a vintage mirror frame that used to be with a dresser. Well, I was out of luck…no mirror and no dresser to go with it! I loved the style of the mirror frame, it was a great price and just had to have it.
I tried to think of something that would make this frame pretty and functional. Since it didn’t have the mirror with it, I decided to fill in the hole with a chalkboard. Who doesn’t love a good chalkboard! I considered leaving the frame the way it was. The wood tone wasn’t so bad, but I thought it would look so much better painted against the dark chalkboard. This is the frame before.
The frame was in good condition, so I didn’t have to do anything to sturdy it up. I bought a sheet of chalkboard at Lowe’s Home Improvement and cut it to the size of the opening. It’s really convenient that Lowe’s sells sheets of chalkboard, so I don’t have to bother with spraying or painting the chalkboard paint on the board.
Next, I painted the frame with Antique White milk paint. I put two coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry in between each coat. I let the paint set over night and distressed the frame showing off the beautiful details at the top of the frame and the curvy parts of the frame. Usually, I would seal milk paint, but I figured this piece wouldn’t be touched much since it will hang on the wall. The chalkboard will get the most use.
Then, I seasoned the chalkboard. It’s very important to season the chalkboard before you write anything on it. If you don’t season it, whatever you write on it will be “engraved” into the chalkboard. You will always be able to see it no matter what you do! To season the chalkboard, simply hold your piece of chalk on its side and cover the entire chalkboard with chalk, going in all directions. Wipe the chalkboard off and repeat. I like to do this twice just to make sure I cover every part of the board. You’re all set!
I attached the chalkboard to the frame with some screws and added 2 heavy weight hanging hooks so that it can be hung on the wall securely.
What a great way to add character and function to a boring wall. You could even add hooks to the bottom of the frame and make it an entry station to put your keys, purses, bags, etc.