Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Variety of Mirrors Refinished with Chalk Paint

I love having smaller projects to work on in my down time. I was fortunate to find a variety of mirrors at a thrift store recently and gave each a new look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


The first two mirrors were similar in design. They both had ornate frames and with a gold toned finish. I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take with color, but found inspiration from another blogger, Marie at The Interior Frugalista, and decided to go with blue (you can see Marie's project here). I taped off the mirror and then used a medium brush to apply two coats of paint. Next I used a small brush to fill in any places I missed, especially in the tight spots. I sprayed a glossy sealant on the frames to seal the paint.

Before
Mirror #1: Painted in Provence
This shot gives a better view of the glossy finish.

Chalk paint with a glossy finish.
The second mirror was painted in Aubusson Blue.

Mirror #2: Painted in Aubusson Blue with a glossy finish

Here's a shot of the Aubusson Blue mirror in my booth. The walls in the booth are stark white and we're not permitted to paint, so the blue really adds some color!

Available at the Lebanon Peddler's Mall!
The third mirror also had a gold finish. It is a small rectangular mirror with a beveled edge. I forgot to take a before photo, but it also had a gold finish. I painted the mirror in Graphite and then lightly distressed the paint to reveal some of the gold. I sealed the frame with soft clear wax.

Mirror #3: Painted in Graphite
Here's a closer view of the details.

Light distressing reveals some of the gold beneath.

The fourth mirror I worked on is larger and also had some lovely detailing. The original finish was black with gold highlights. I liked the dark color but wanted to highlight the details in a different color.
Mirror #4: Before - black with gold highlights.
I painted this mirror in Graphite and dry brushed white onto the details and sealed it with soft clear wax. I had a hard time getting the right lighting to take a photo of the "after" at my house, so I snapped a shot with my phone at my booth. Please ignore the lady in the reflection, ha ha.

After: Graphite with white highlights
I was still having trouble picking up the details in a photo.  Here's a close up:
Graphite with highlights dry brushed in Old White.
So there you have it. Four mirrors given new looks with chalk paint. So easy!









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