Monday, August 10, 2009

DIY: Robins egg chalkboard shelf

I found this knotty pine shelf mirror on craigslist for $20. I took a before picture and somehow it got deleted from my computer and it was too late because I had already started the project. Bummer! But I DO have a picture of what the color of the wood looked like. I took a picture of the back where the makers of the mirror engraved their names and year into the wood...
I taped up the glass mirror section and then hand painted robins egg blue with a dry brush effect with some wood showing through, so it looked a little bit distressed.

Once the paint was dry I used some bags to protect the paint and taped up the edges...
And got to spray painting the chalkboard paint onto the mirror section.
I know some people might think AHHH its just gonna scratch off. And maaaaybe it will- but I did about 5 coats and am just going to use chalk on it. Its not getting a lot of traffic.

I found this picture on Nancy's blog a few days after I made this. They're cousins!
image found at Nancy's Tidbits from BHG

I left it alone for about a week, then hung it up. I found a quote online that was WRONG! It said "Wine is constant proof the God love us and love to see us happy", but I was quickly corrected when my husband saw it. He changed it to what Benjamin Franklin actually said, Beer - not wine.


  1. super cute! i have never shopped for chalkboard paint...glad to know it comes in a spray can. your board turned out great...LOVE the color!xo

  2. You're on fire girl - love it!

  3. Karli, it turned out just perfect! I love the color and I love how it looks like it was always meant to be a chalkboard. Very, very good job!


  4. your dad used to have a plaque w/that saying in the kitchen, don't you remember?

  5. what a cute idea and you found the same thing it seems!!! great job!

    i wanted to thank you so much for coming over to my blog last week and helping me with gift ideas!! you gave me some creative, cute ideas that i will for sure be using!!! xo.

  6. What a great project! I love the color paint you picked!

  7. great project! I love chalkboards! I use brush on chalkboard paint, because I didn't know they had spray paint. I bought a quart and it is lasting forever!
    It's really cute with the shelf.
    I wonder what bryan and becky are up to now? lol

  8. this is one of my favorite chalkboard transformations!!!!

  9. I'm jonesing to try some chalkboard paint- I have lots of ideas running around in my head. Love the quote- my husband would love it hanging in his mantown. :)

  10. I love your latest project!! Too cute and the quote by Ben Franklin is the best!!!

  11. Ha! I am showing that saying to my husband!! Great job, it looks wonderful!

  12. Love the robin egg blue color!! I think the shelf is just adorable and anything with chalkboard paint on it just steals my heart. Great job!

  13. I know a few people who would love that quote. :) I love the robin's egg blue color too! We have a 1950's house that we are fixing up so I can't wait to read more through your blog to see how your home is progressing. It's kinda fun fixing up an old house, isn't it? Our taste is way to expensive for our tiny budget too!


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