apple Our Fifth House: From Cheap Mirrors to Chalkboard Panels

Monday, October 22, 2012

From Cheap Mirrors to Chalkboard Panels

Hey all!  Thanks so much for all of your sweet anniversary wishes!  We celebrated with a nice dinner on Saturday night and a relaxing Sunday with the kids.

Today I'm concluding the dining room disaster saga.  You may remember the hot mess I was left with after a frame fell and knocked down everything in it's path.



I took it as a sign and decided to change things up a bit.

I bought these mirrors, that are made to hang on the back of a closet door, at Target for about $5 each.........



and sprayed them with chalkboard paint.


Then I hung them with heavy duty command strips.

diy chalkboard panels from mirrors

This is one of my favorite quotes!

diy chalkboard panels from mirrors

Stacking these smaller door mirrors to create a large scale chalkboard piece was not only more cost effective but it also adds a bit more interest.  Total cost for this project was around $25 for the mirrors and spray paint - not too bad, especially considering the scale.  

And you might have also noticed I hit up the Nate Berkus Collection at Target. 

chevron jars

I just had to have these chevron jars!  The horseshoe art was another super easy diy project.  I'll share the deets later this week.  

Have you turned any cheap mirrors into chalkboards?  

Wondering about the striped lamp shades?   Find the tutorial here



Linking up with East Coast Creative

31 comments:

  1. You are such a crafty little genius! I love the mirrors and also the jute around your chandelier...I have a feeling it did not come that way :)

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    1. It was a little diy project - deets here - http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2011/06/buried-treasure.html

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  2. Carmel, I love this and obviously a lot of others do, too. How is there only one comment here, but it has been pinned over 5,000 times. Talk about going viral. Wow.

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  3. Cute, clever and very sweet! I personally think this is prettier than what your previous design was -- sorry -- don't mean to be insulting -- but this is really adorable! I'm sure your children like to see notes/signs like this around your home. Mine do -- and they will remember this when they are all grown up and you will know for sure that they enjoyed their home!

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    1. No offense taken Genny! I like this better too! ;)

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  4. I love all the black and white! You are always such an excellent stylist :) Great job!

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  5. those chevron jars are PERFECT in there. Its all so beautiful I had to pin it!

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  6. Very creative! I did notice the chevron jars:). Almost grabbed them. I really wanted the hammered gold bowls, but they weren't there;(.

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  7. Oh my gosh, what's not to LOVE ~ leopard, stripes, Nate, chalkboard, b & w & gold!! Gorgeous job, Carmel!

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  8. It looks great Carmel!! I love that saying as well!! This was such a great idea!

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  9. I love it! I had 3 of those in our old dining room - also hung horizontally but actually used as mirrors to bring some light into a VERY dark room. One didn't make it through the move - but the other two are currently hanging in my entry and I just don't love it. I think I might just have to copy you... Oh and I LOVE that quote!
    Sarah

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  10. What a great idea! I love how big it is, and for $25, you can't go wrong. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Ooooh that was unexpected!! I was wondering what you were up to after you chased your intruder out of your house. Love it - and that quote is perfect.

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  12. What a great idea! So affordable but high impact! You have the best ideas Carmel!

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  13. What a great idea! It definitely doesn't look like $25 worth now!

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  14. What a cute idea! They turned out fantastic!

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  15. Love it! And that is such a great quote, especially for the dining room where you share meals with your family! :)

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    1. Happy anniversary! What a great idea to use the mirrors there! I love that quote too! And those jars are fabulous!

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  16. What a killer idea to use those mirrors! You're genius ;) I saw those ginger jars at Target the other day and wanted them BAAAADDDD.

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  17. Well, here's proof that sometimes bad things happen for a good reason! Love the change-up, and way to think outside the box with the mirrors!

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  18. Looks so good! How did you hang them?

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    1. I used command strips - the heavy duty ones.

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    2. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I loved it so much I made it for my dining/living room and it's perfect!

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  19. Hi! I'm late but wondering where you're finding chalkboard spray paint these days? Can't find if anywhere!! ;(
    LOVE your home and gorgeous decorating!!!

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  20. Love, love, love!!! I love chalkboards and already have one in my dining room, but I am loving this and thinking 'what can I take down to make room'? Clever! I use old picture frames to make mine; these mirrors are an inexpensive and great choice! :)

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  21. Interested in knowing does the chalkboard paint adhere well to the glass finish of the mirror?
    Thanks. they are awesome

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