Kitchen Window/Mirror turned Chalkboard

After - Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint
After – Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint
Kitchen - Before
Kitchen – Before

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen – Before

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Kitchen gutting – Starting to Paint window/mirror trim
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Mirror Painted with Chalkboard paint – one coat of primer and 2 coats of Chalkboard paint

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After - Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint
After – Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint

What I like most about this project is that we kept some part of history of the house but re-purposed it.  This wall was the original back of the house.  Over the years the house was added on to behind this wall so the window was closed in but the frame was not removed.  The framed space was then covered with a mirror.  I started to brainstorm ideas of what I could do with this space… one of my original plans was maybe to add small (in depth) shelves for spices and things.  I usually like to add mirrors to rooms because it creates an illusion that the room is bigger… but I don’t really like the idea of it in the kitchen in this instance.  I brainstormed some more and asked friends if they had any suggestions… a chalkboard… YES!  Thanks guys!  I’ve painted the glass of picture frames with chalkboard paint so it’s not like I haven’t done this before!  This time I used the Kilz primer we had been using on all the trim as well.  This makes it really easy for the chalkboard paint to adhere to the slick surface of mirror or glass.  One coat of primer, two coats of chalkboard paint and done!  I typically like chalkboard markers because they write cleaner lines but they are definitely harder to erase.  For a finishing touch I installed a closed in drawer pull upside down on the left side of the frame to hold chalk in! (similar to the picture below but mine is black antiqued)

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