Mirror Turned Chalkboard With Clips For Organizing Papers

Mirror Turned Chalkboard with Clips for Organizing Papers


I know, I know…another chalkboard?  Yep, it’s a sickness.

I love to take something old that someone is throwing out, and giving it a new life…preferably in my home.  My favorite upcycling project ever is turning old mirrors into chalkboards.  I have a strange love for chalkboards, so they are everywhere in our home.  This one is going in my new office/craft space so I can write reminders and ideas down for myself.  Let me show you how easy it is to turn an old mirror into a chalkboard…

Mirror Turned Chalkboard Before

First, you will need  a mirror.  It can be a big one like this one that my friend gave me…it used to be attached to a dresser.  Or, you could go with a smaller mirror and make a cute chalkboard to display your family’s weekly menu on.

Turn A Mirror Into a Chalkboard

Step 1 ~ Prime the entire mirror, frame and all.  If you want to leave the frame unpainted, only prime the mirror.

Turn A Mirror Into a Chalkboard the Easy Way

Next, paint the frame any color you like.  Then paint over the primed mirror with chalkboard paint.  Give it 3 coats of chalkboard paint, making sure to let it dry completely between coats.

Season Your Mirror Turned Chalkboard

Let the chalkboard paint cure over night, then you’ll want to season your chalkboard.  Just take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard surface, then wipe clean with a dry rag.

Mirror Turned Chalkboard

Tada!  You now have your very own unique chalkboard!  I hot glued two giant paper clips that I got in the dollar bins at Target to mine so I could clip our weekly menu and a sweet printable that I brought home from SNAP! Conference.

Speaking of Snap Conference, I finally got to meet Jen from Tatertots and Jello at SNAP!  I’ve been contributing for her since January, and was dying to meet her!  She is the sweetest lady, and put together the coolest crafting pajama party ever!


And…if you are looking for more chalkboard ideas, you may want to check this post out…

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  1. Chris says

    How did you attach it to the desk? Pictures of that? Great idea!

    • says

      I have mine leaning against the wall. It’s very heavy, so I opted for leaning it against the wall. I have one that hangs in my foyer, you just have to use really strong drywall anchors or find a stud in the wall. Hope this helps!

  2. says

    I would have never thought about painting over an old mirror with chalkboard paint … great thinking!

  3. says

    Super cute! I’ve been dying to chalkboard paint my glass pantry door inserts, but I’m worried that it will scratch off with my boys constantly in-and-out of the cupboard. Do you have a primer that you recommend that works well to keep it all together? Thanks! :)

    • Katie says

      Same question…is there a specific primer you use…like the primer for your mirror project? Also…want to chalkboard paint the ‘foot’ of wineglasses….would lo e to use your formula for any color using latex paint….will that work on glass? I should prime that also, correct? Thanks…love your projects.

  4. says

    Jess! This is soooo cute! And yes, I couldn’t agree more…it really is a sickness! Don’t worry though…I’ve caught the bug, too! :) Obviously! Luv ya!

  5. says

    Jessica, I totally support you in your chalkboard sickness. ;) I love what you did using the jumbo Tar-jay clips and I wouldn’t have dawned on me to prime right on over a mirror! Love your chalkboard heaven.

  6. Barbara says

    Love it!! I was just working on a chalkboard for my boys room today!! You can never have too many by the way!


  1. […] find some way of making it an interesting part of the décor of his room, so was delighted to find this tutorial from Mom 4 Real which shows how to turn an old mirror into a chalkboard and is sure to be a hit […]

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