I recently started to experiment with chalkboard paint. I had no idea how easy it was to use, you really cannot go wrong with it. It’s great for going over existing blackboards, making them as good as new but it’s also great to apply on walls, furniture, mirrors or on most smooth surfaces. Once dried, it becomes tough and scratch-resistant and can be wiped clean.
To turn a mirror into a blackboard you’ll need:
- An old mirror
- Masking tape (or frog tape 🐸)
- Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.
- Chalkboard paint pen or a POSCA pen
Other than the mirror all materials can be purchased from The Range.
Step 1. Firstly, ensure that your surface is wiped clean and dust free.
Step 2. Cover the edges in masking tape. Masking tape works but nowhere as near as well as frog tape, it’s bloody brilliant! Unfortunately I had ran out when I was working on this project so I had to make do with some bog-standard masking tape. But if you have a choice, get frog tape it helps to keeps your work tidy whether you’re decorating your walls or just doing a small DIY project, frog tape is phenomenal! It never bleeds and keeps lines sharp but make sure you get the green one. The yellow frog tape is designed for freshly plastered walls and doesn’t work in the same way as the green frog tape. Anyhow, I digress. Once the edges are covered in masking tape, paint on the blackboard paint. It only takes an hour or so to dry and then you can paint on another coat pretty quickly. On shiny services like a mirror, I’d suggest at least 3 coats.
Step 3. Now we start with the fun bit! Practice what you want to write before writing on the mirror. I went on the website, 1001fonts.com for inspiration. When I found one I liked, I practiced writing in that font. If you’re not 100% confident you can write on the mirror in pencil before using using the chalkboard markers and then gentle rub out the any marks once your sure the ink/paint has dried.
I used the mirror blackboard as a drinks menu at my wedding. I was pretty chuffed with how it came out.
If you’re having a go at upcycling a mirror, have fun!
Love Stacy xx