Our house is outfitted with furniture and accessories that have been amassed over time and acquired from a variety of sources, but mostly from family, the side of the road (yay for dumpster diving!), and/or thrift shops. Looking around, it seems that every piece of furniture, lamp, picture, etc., has some story/memory behind it- an aspect that I find comforting and meaningful. Anyhoo, one accessory that feels like it has been around fo-eva is a mirror Aaron has had since college. It’s a heavy beast and has been repainted by yours truly multiple times in order to fit into whatever decor I have going on at the moment.
I like where we have it hung at the moment, but I just felt like it was still a little plain and simple for my tastes. My first thought was I could age the mirror portion to give it a faux patina using acid. After looking online at some tutorials I nixed this idea, not because it was difficult, but rather because it takes practice to get the technique right and I really didn’t want to ruin the mirror. My next idea was to paint a portion of the mirror with chalkboard paint adding a little function to an otherwise stagnant piece. Perfect!
My first steps were to tape off and then apply two coats of chalkboard paint. After letting it cure for 24 hours, we had a chalkboard for dinner menu announcements, grocery lists, reminders, etc.