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Easy DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

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Have you purchased something that you didn't really need simply because it was on sale or better yet... because it was free?! The thought of free or a super sale starts our wheels spinning and pretty soon we have talked ourselves into a purchase not necessarily because we needed it, but because it was the deal of the century! I’m a big fan of purging… clutter is a complete pet peeve of mine. If the item isn’t sentimental and it isn’t getting used, then it’s really just taking up space. And in my humble opinion, empty space is valuable! A clean space does wonders for our mood so if our items aren’t working for us, sell them, donate them or up-cycle them into something that we will use!

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Case in point: This mirror came with a dresser as a packaged deal and while I loved the size of it, the mirror was really scratched up. Rather then throw it away or spend more money to have another mirror cut, I decided to turn it into a chalkboard for the holidays. This easy Chalkboard Mirror tutorial can be found here....

Chalkboard Mirror Tutorial


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Chalkboard Sign Supply List:


- Old Mirror
-Pencil
- Typography Image or Phrase
- Chalk or Chalk Pens
- Scotch Tape

Chalkboard Sign Directions:

1. Remove the frame from the mirror.

2. Spray the frame with Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint.

3. While the frame is drying, spray the mirror with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint. This project  took three coats letting each coat dry completely before applying the next. Spray your first coat vertically. Second coat, horizontally and your third coat vertically again.

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4. After the chalkboard is completely dry, (follow the drying times on the can) attach the frame to the mirror.

5. Prep the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard. 

6. Select a quote or image or create your own. (To create your own, upload a white blank .jpg from COLOURlovers to Fotor (a free photo editing site) and play around with their fonts until you come up with a look that you like.) Save as a .jpg and upload it to Block Posters (a fabulous free site that allows you to create any size wall poster from an image and then breaks the parts down into printable 8 1/2 x 11 size paper). 

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7. Print and tape the papers together to form your enlarged image. Flip your enlarged image over so the back side is facing up (pictured above). Use the sides of your chalk and rub the back of your image back and forth making sure to get complete chalk dust coverage over all your letters or image. 

8. Place the sign on top of the chalkboard so that the newly dusted side is touching the chalkboard and adhere it with a few pieces of tape. Take a pencil and trace around all the letters making sure you press hard enough for the chalk to transfer onto the board but not too hard that the paper rips. Pull the paper away from the chalkboard and to reveal a light version of your image.


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9. Last step! Fill in the letters or image with chalk or chalk pens. It’s okay if you see smudge marks or if you make a mistake. Chalk is forgiving and erases easily! Grab some q-tips and a little bit of water and erase away…


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Do you have an old mirror lying around that could use a makeover?

If so, happy up-cycling!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street


If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy some this FREE FALL PRINTABLE (for personal use) or some of these other mirror makeovers.
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22 comments

  1. Those old brass mirrors are so outdated, but look amazing as a chalkboard. I love the saying you chose as well. I know some people print the chalkboard with paint I agree doing it with chalk is a much better idea.

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    1. I agree! I love the contrast between the black chalkboard and the gold frames. :)

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  2. Very cool! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Wednesdays!

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  3. Great job! Love the shape of the frame and a chalkboard is always a great idea.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. :)

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  4. Beautiful transformation of your old mirror. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    gail

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  5. This is lovely! I have a great frame off of an old mirror, I think I may have to try this! We would love to have you join us at the to Grandma's house we go link party!

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    1. I hope you do! It's such an easy project! Thank you for the invite!

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  6. Oh I love this, I found out about chalkboard paint the other day and think it is a great idea. I was going to paint the boys wardrobe doors with it but this is a much better and more arty idea! love it # WAYWOW

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    1. Chalkboard closet doors sounds amazing! If you do it, I'd love to see it when you're finished!

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  7. I love this. The frame is the most expensive part, if you can find a cool one, snatch it up! I love this idea, and you've made it so simple to accomplish with this great tutorial. I will have my eye pealed at garage sales and thrift stores. A great frame is priceless! And I am really into chalkboard style!

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    1. I have a frame hoarding problem, Nikki. ;) I wish there was an organized way to store them until I put them to good use!

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  8. I love how your chalkboard turned out! That frame is fantastic! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week. I chose your project as one of my features for this week's party, which starts at 6am EST tomorrow. Hope you'll join us again :)

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  9. Carrie, this is such a great tutorial! It turned out great! Thank you for sharing. You will be the Star Feature tonight at the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. The party starts at 8:00pm Central time. Hope to see you again! Happy day to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Wow... You made my day! Thanks so much, Kathryn!

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  10. Oh my goodness I love this chalkboard!! Thanks for sharing the different types sites that you used to make this, awesome resources for future projects!

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  11. Your fall chalkboard looks wonderful. I love the curves of the frame. Thanks for showing us how you made this at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing it on Pinterest, Beverly!

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