Well, it looks like plans to homeschool Curly Cutie are underway. She begins kindergarten in the fall. I was faced with the question of how to turn her living space into a “haven of learning” that is functional and fun. Not to mention it must be done frugally. I attempted to enlist the help of a friend that is absolutely great with organizing, but schedule conflicts made it difficult to meet. So, I was left to my own devices to try and come up with an arrangement for CC’s room.
Lesson from 2011: You can do a lot more than you think you’re capable of.
There are several components I want to see in the room, one being a chalkboard. I have a child that loves to write on just about any surface. I wanted to provide her with an acceptable outlet. My mind immediately went to thinking about how I could tackle this project. I had heard about chalkboard paint, but wasn’t familiar with the surfaces that could accommodate the paint. Once I learned that the paint could be used on glass, I knew we were in business. I had a mirror just sitting in my garage that would be perfect for her space. It originally belonged to a dresser we used in our bedroom. We turned the dresser into a “buffet-like” piece of furniture that already has a mirror above it.
The process was very simple. I didn’t take many pictures. Sometimes I get so excited, I just want to finish the project.
- Removed mirror from frame
- Cleaned mirror and let dry
- Painted first coat and let dry for an hour
- Painted second coat and let dry for an hour
- Painted final coat (The 3rd coat gave me that nice black look I was going for and I could not see any mirror through the paint. This may be different for other people)
6. Let mirror cure for 3 days like directions recommended, and secured to wall with simple mirror hardware
7. Conditioned board by turning a piece of chalk sideways and completely covering the chalkboard
8. Erased chalkboard and it was ready to go!