Chalkboard projects have been pretty popular for a while now, and although I love to see what other people create with their chalk and their boards, I couldn’t see it as a project that I would enjoy doing. You see, I kind of hate chalk. There, I said it. Yes I’m a mom of two adventurous little boys who love to make their fair share of messes, but chalk is one thing that I really do not like. It inevitably gets in their hair, all over their bodies and clothing, and somehow ends up on me as well. I shudder at the thought. (I know, I need to chill out a little when it comes to chalk!) Well that’s one advantage of letting the boys visit nana’s house… they can pretty much make any kind of mess they want- chalk or otherwise.
When I found this at Goodwill for $4.00, I knew I had to have it, but not for its intended purpose. I definitely do not need another mirror in my house (I kind of have a collection going; I’m thinking of making a collage) and I wasn’t keen on the chalkboard idea. Instead I wanted to make a central area to keep mail, keys, etc. and write notes or reminders on a dry erase board.
First I had to glue a few pieces of the frame together to reinforce it due to minor separation. I used wood glue and let it dry overnight.
The next day I measured the frame opening and off to Target I went to buy a dry erase board. I bought one that was also magnetic to add more versatility. When I got home I carefully bent the nails back that were holding the mirror in place and slid the mirror out.
Then I removed the plastic casing from around the dry erase board. I laid the mirror on top of the board and traced it with a pen. Setting the mirror safely out of the way, I cut along the traced rectangle with large scissors. This was not as simple as I thought, because the material of the memo board was actually very sharp around the edges if I didn’t cut perfectly straight lines. Yes I almost cut myself a few times on a couple small jagged edges. (Ouch!) I have no pictures of my tracing and cutting, but I’m sure you can imagine. (I promise I took pictures, but they vanished! It’s a mystery…)
Finally the piece was cut and I slid it into the space where the mirror used to be, adjusting the nails back into place to hold the board in.
I then flipped it around to have a look. I actually really liked the wood painted turquoise, but now the white memo board was a bright contrast against it. So I did what any crafty DIY’er would do and got out my trusty stencils. I used a couple of fancy swirls and some white acrylic paint and solved my problem- and even though stencils and I sometimes have a love-hate relationship, I’m happy to report that they cooperated this time.
Now the white board flows with the white stenciling, I have a place to store our daily mail instead of piled on the kitchen table, and from somewhere in the back of my mind I momentarily debate letting the boys play with chalk… nah, we’ll save that for nana’s house.
What do you think of the chalk board craze? Would you rather have a chalk board or memo board in your house?
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