Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to turn a Chalkboard Mirror into a, uh, Chalkboard Mirror.

I bought 2 Chalkboard Mirrors from a friend and redid them so they would go better in my house.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and saw this picture: 
 This is the resulting project:)
I have this hanging over my dresser and will be using it for {Memory Verses} and quotes. It makes me so happy to wake up to this every morning...I feel like it helps to start my day off right.
This is what they looked like before:
(There were two, but I only took pictures of one)
I loved the color and the metallic sheen in the paint(hard to tell here), but the chalkboard paint was flaking so I decided to redo them.

I flipped it over and saw that it was attached with screws, so I took it apart to really get it nice and clean. I sanded the frame of any rough areas and paint drips, and then tried to do the same on the chalkboard.
DUDE! Getting Chalkboard paint off of a mirror is no joke. I sanded, I scrubbed, I scraped and finally I used paint thinner and then scrapped some more. It was a total pain, and I blame my dad.
 Thank you Dad for teaching me that "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing RIGHT."

I spent hours scraping Chalkboard paint so that I could have a smooth surface to
Not gonna lie, it was worth it in the end. Boo again for Dad always being right;) Ha ha ha! Love you DAD!
I did a couple coats of spray paint with the leftover paint from my Garage Sale Owl on one of the frames (Rust-Oleum Satin Lagoon) and Rust-Oleum Sunburst Yellow on the other one.
The yellow one is for my daughters slow and steady room makeover.

I did a couple coats of Chalkboard Spray paint on the newly scraped mirrors and then let them dry for over 24 hours. Once they were dry it was time to "prime them",
which is just rubbing chalk all over to get the surface ready.

This was by far the worst part of the whole project.
Yes, even worse than the hours of scraping paint.
I HATE the sound of scraping chalk and I shuddered the whole time.


Here is Brooklyn's finished Chalkboard.
I love the bright shiny color and how it contrasts with the Chalkboard paint.

And here's the one for me. I'll bet the color choice is not at all predictable to those of you who know me;) I'm kind of obsessed.

 I put this verse up for Valentines Day:)

What are some of your favorite short verses?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Garage Sale Owl Makeover

I scored this Owl Change Bank at a garage sale for $0.10
Can you believe it?!?!?
Of course you can;) Ha!
The lady looked at me like I was crazy when I picked it up, but I saw the potential in this nasty little owl. A diamond in the rough; he just needed a makeover.
When my husband saw it he looked at me like "How did I marry this insane woman?"
I get that look a little more often than I would care to admit;)

Enter my BFF: Spray paint!

This was left over paint from another project: Rust-Oleum Satin Lagoon.
I just scrubbed the owl really well with soap and water, and after it dried I set it on a canvas tarp and did a couple coats with the spray paint.

I LOVE easy projects like this one! Big bang for less than a buck!

I love the details now that they are no longer a putrid green and brown.

My cat even had to check out the transformation up close.
He approved.
So did the husband in case you were wondering.
So next time you see something laughably hideous at a garage sale, bring it home and give it a little spray paint love and you will have yourself a one-of-a-kind accessory.

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