I wait all year for Fall to roll around and feel lost when it’s gone. To say it’s my favorite time of the year is an understatement. I just couldn’t wait for the Dollar Store to put out all their Fall decor. So many things to play around with for $1. I found several felt placemats in multiple patterns that I quickly realized would make great stencils. One of the best hacks in my arsenal of tricks. So easy and hey, it was $1! SCORE! Fall decor!
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DIY Easy Dollar Tree Fall Decor
This chippy old window was a freebie when I purchased a chippy old door from a junk dealer. I paid a little more than I wanted to for the door, so the window sealed the deal. SCORE! The ideas were dancing in my head by now for Fall decor. I love old vintage mirrors and this old window would be perfect, plus it had great potential for being a two in one project. Read on.
Products List (click the items below to find where to purchase)
- vintage window with glass intact
- Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Dollar Tree Felt Mat (design of your choice)
- Spray Bottle (water and vinegar mixture 50/50
- Looking Glass Spray Paint
- Chalk Sticks
- Chalk Eraser
Project #1 Stencil Hack Fall Decor
After a quick sanding, cleaning and a tape job to protect all that chippy painted goodness, I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint for the back of the window. Three coats were applied with ample drying time between coats. (always follow directions on the can)
After that, flipped the window over and added the STAR OF THE SHOW! The Dollar Tree felt table thingy. I know, genius, right? See where the two in one project are headed? Read on…
I added a mixture of water and vinegar (50/50) to a spray bottle and adjusted the sprayer to just a bit more than a fine mist. I lightly sprayed the window with the mixture to leave water droplets lying on the glass.
Looking Glass Spray
The looking glass spray is hard to find in stores where I live. So I found this one on Amazon. It works well!
Now, the magic begins! I used Krylon Looking Glass Silver spray paint and evenly coated the whole window. I just used one coat. Quickly you can see how the water and vinegar mixture repels the paint and remains bubbled on the surface of the window. The paint will dry very quickly, within a few minutes.
I used a paper towel to blot the surface very gently to remove the water after the paint had dried. It revealed a peekaboo effect from the chalkboard paint on the other side that gave it a beautiful aged, antiqued mirror look. Looking back, a soft cotton cloth would have been better. The paper towel was a bit rough. DO NOT wipe! It will scratch the surface and cause streaks. Trust me on this one. This was actually my second attempt. Read on…
Back to the Chalkboard
Don’t miss this step or you’ll have ghosting! Ha! Well, what I meant to say is you need to prime your chalkboard before using it. If you miss this step, whatever you write on the board will leave a ghost impression even after erasing. To prevent ghosting, lay your chalk flat on the chalkboard painted surface and rub it all over the board. Rub the chalk into the board with a soft cloth or chalkboard eraser. I prefer the eraser because it leaves a light layer of chalk on the surface and makes for a beautiful, soft gray look on your board.
Vintage Mirrored Fall Decor
Vintage mirrored pumpkin Fall Decor! So stinking cute!
The Chalk Board For Fall Decorating
When I get tired of the vintage mirror, I simply flip it over and chalk a personal message. You just gotta love a good chalkboard! I can now use this window all year round. Indoors for a cute chalkboard or outdoors for Fall Decor. Wanna see more cool Fall stuff? CLICK HERE to watch the video of how it’s done.
Or this one…
Watch The Video Tutorial Here…
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear from you. Share your comments, ideas, and feedback below in the comment section. Or just say, “Hey! Let me know you were here. I also have more Fall decor ideas to share. Below are links to other DIY Fall budget-friendly ideas that you’re gonna want to check out. I LOVE this time of year!
Until the next project… xo, Do
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