Check out A Soft Place To Land for other DIY projects! I wanted to find a way to be able to write more than a few words on a chalkboard and I didn't want to make one from scratch. Plus I wanted to put it on my fireplace mantel so I needed something long but not wide. I looked for a long picture to paint over at the thriftstore but never found just the right thing!
Then I had a light bulb moment! I'd seen several people paint over small mirrors with chalkboard paint. Those cheap $5 door mirrors were the perfect width and length for what I had in mind. Would it work?
For $5 (at Target) it really was worth a try. So I sprayed the glass with Kilz primer and waited a day. Then I applied three coats of chalkboard paint (the kind you paint on with a brush not the spray). I waited two days before I used it (did you know you should cover your chalkboard with chalk and wipe it off before using it?).
I wanted a chalkboard large enough to write passages from books and my husband wants to write movie dialogue from the Matrix and Godfather! How much fun is this going to be!! Plus, it's thin enough that you can just slip it behind or underneath something to store it when you don't want to use it!
I would not use regular chalk on this. I used a piece to prime the board and it scrapped it but these chalk markers work just fine because they are more like....um...markers. You can find them at Michael's (use your 40% coupon) or on Amazon and ebay.
On my chalkboard this week is a bit from "Anne of Green Gables" (one of my all time favorite books).
"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"