Our daughter, Jill and husband, Brad recently moved into a new home.
Well, their home was built in 1917 making it a 95 year-old new home.
I made a list of the materials I would need to make one as well as items for a framed chalkboard to display above a buffet Jamie painted for her as a housewarming gift. John and I headed off to Lowe's.
Next to Lowe's is an AC Moore and we ran in first. I noticed unfinished framed mirrors in various sizes and thought they would be just right for these projects.
With a 40%-off coupon and not needing to cut and build the frames, we happily bought a large one for the chalkboard and a smaller one for the serving tray.
- After removing the mirrors from the frames, I sanded the wood and painted each frame with two similar shades of silver acrylic craft paint, applying them at the same time to achieve the metal look I wanted.
- When the paint dried, I painted on a water-based satin varnish to seal. (I had Liquitex on hand) Then allowed it to dry
- I then brushed on black acrylic paint and rubbed off with a rag until I had a brushed metal look.
- I finished with a couple more coats of the satin varnish
FOR THE CHALKBOARD AND SERVING TRAY BOTTOM
- I applied a coat of primer to the back of the mirrors and waited for it to dry
- Using a sponge roller, I gave the mirror back three coats of chalkboard paint waiting for each coat to dry before re-applying.
- John attached handles to the sides of the smaller frame for the serving tray.
- The painted mirror/chalkboard was then attached to the frame and reinforced with additional tacks to ensure it will hold the weight of whatever Jill might set on it.
- I finished by covering the back with brown paper using double-sided tape. The larger chalkboard was finished in the same manner but without the handles. A saw-tooth hanger was nailed to the back.
I am liking this chalkboard right here in my foyer and think I just might make one for me.