How To Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard {DIY Tutorial}

My baby boy started preschool yesterday.

I still can’t believe he’s old enough! But he’s 3 1/2 and ready to go. He was practically shoving us out the door so he could get to school.

He excitedly grabbed his backpack (filled with a change of clothes and LOTS of dinos) and headed out. But not before I grabbed a few snapshots of him to mark the special day.

The chalkboard I used is something I made. Yup! And it cost me $7 + a can of chalkboard paint. And no, I didn’t use all of the chalkboard paint. There is plenty left for lots more projects. Wanna know how I did it? Here’s how!

How to Turn a Mirror into a Chalkboard

1. Head over to your local furniture store. Check their clearance section to see if they have any cracked mirrors. The one above had a HUGE crack down the center of the mirror and was clearanced at $7. You can’t find frames that inexpensive!

2. Carefully remove the glass by taping the mirror and lightly tapping on the glass with a hammer. Use gloves to remove the glass from the frame.

3. Once the glass is removed, tape the sides of the frame so no paint gets on the wood.

4. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint onto the backing of the mirror (ours had a nice piece of chipboard behind the glass)

5. Let dry for 2 hours, or as recommended on the paint can, and reapply another thin coat.

6. Allow paint to dry overnight or until completely cured. Then start coloring!

Thats it! This was such a simple craft that I enjoyed doing. And the possibilities are endless. Peruse yard and estate sales for older mirrors, check out the flea market and thrift shops, etc. Then change up the color of the frames with some spray paint, remove the glass, and start making chalkboards!

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  1. You are so darn creative! Your boy looks so excited to be starting school. I hope he came home that excited too!!

  2. The Frugal Greenish Mama says

    I love the large size! I have only done this with a small size mirror but love the look of the large size!

  3. I don’t know if the paint would dry properly or stick to the mirror so it might be best to break the mirror and remove the glass.

  4. Laural Out Loud says

    What a fantastic idea! I see cracked mirrors all the time, and usually think the store is stupid to try to sell them even at a discount. Jokes on me, lol.

    I also have a large mirror that I’m not all that fond of anymore- do you think it’d be okay to paint over the glass, or should I break and remove it just the same?

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