Thursday, March 19, 2015

Best of DIY - Repurposed Dresser Mirror Frame

Welcome to the Best of DIY Event
I'm thrilled to be joining forces with 24 talented and creative bloggers to bring you the #BestofDIY project roundup.  We've all been busy creating something special just for this event, and we're so excited to be able to share all 25 projects in one place.  
One stop window shopping!

#BestofDIY projects
You can find the links to all of our projects at the end of this post.
Here's what I put together for the party.....
Repurposed mirror frame with chalkboard and shelf
It's come a long way since I found it marked as-is in an antique shop a few months ago. 
oak mirror frame
This is what I started with.  I think it came from a child's dresser because it's only 19" x 22".  
I love the wood, but it's patched in a few places and not in the best condition. 

How to build a chalkboard with an old frame
1.  I traced a pattern of the frame opening, then used my scroll saw to cut out the board and to round off the edges of the scrap wood shelf.  
2.  After applying a line of wood glue, I screwed the shelf to the bottom of the frame.
3.  To dress up the edge of the shelf, I added a strip of prepasted embossed wallpaper.
4.  I sprayed the board with two coats of chalkboard paint, then attached it to the back of the frame with small nails.  This was the final step after I painted the frame.

chalk paint and crackling with Elmer's glue
After I filled the holes, I painted the entire thing with chalk paint (the recessed area is a slightly different color), then I used plain old Elmer's glue to crackle it just a bit.

repurposed dresser mirror frame chalkboard stenciled cups
I found a bunch of these aluminum cups at a flea market a few months ago.  They were looking a little blah, so I stenciled numbers on half of them and letters on the other half.

stenciled aluminum cups
1, 2, and 3 are a perfect fit on the shelf next to the tiny watering can.

flower frog as a note holder
I'm too impatient to plant seeds, but this was a good photo op for the pretty seed packet.

mirror frame with chalkboard
My flower drawing skills haven't changed since first grade:-)

#BestofDIY repurposed dresser mirror frame with shelf and chalkboard
There's a hook on the back for hanging, and since I managed to get the shelf on straight, it also sits level on a table.  I'm ready for spring and ready to see all my plants in bloom.  What's blooming in your neck of the woods?

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