I love attempting new DIY projects. I needed something on my wall in the kitchen and I have always loved the look of a framed chalkboard. I figured it had to be pretty simple to make your own, so after a bit of research, this is what I ended up with. I bought a mirror at HomeSense for $30.00. I picked this one because of the beautiful detail in the frame, I knew it would look fabulous with a couple coats of white paint. Then I purchased some magnetic chalkboard paint. You will find it at most major hardware stores, I grabbed mine from Fargey's.
I put a primer on the mirror so the chalkboard paint wouldn't chip off down the road. Then I applied 4 coats of the paint, sanding in between each coat with steel wool, this helps keep the surface smooth for writing on. If you are wanting a magnetic chalkboard, make sure you do 4-6 coats. The more coats you do, the better your magnets will stick to the surface.
Once that was done, I painted the frame of the mirror with a crisp white, my fave! And Voila, I had a new chalkboard and it fits in perfectly with my french country decor!
If you have any questions on how to make your own chalkboard, I'd be happy to help!
Have a great week!