Cheval Mirror Painted for an Antiqued Look

Learn how to give modern furniture an antique finish.

What do you do if you have a modern piece but want a vintage look? No problem -- fake it 'til you make it! This is a modern-day cheval mirror which started with a slick shiny finish. I prepped the wood with Java Gel stain and gave it a bit of texture before painting it with a layered paint finish. The final color is Duck Egg Blue with a java glaze.

Before:

Before: Modern slick finish. Just wait and see how different it looks now!
Before: Modern slick finish.
Just wait and see how different it looks now!


HOW TO CREATE AN ANTIQUE FINISH:

To add a little textured aging to the modern smooth finish, first I applied some wood filler with a spatula here and there and let it dry. 

I didn't want the light stained wood to peek through where I would later sand the paint. So next I used a foam brush to apply a Java Gel Stain over the entire mirror frame.  I love the gel stain products by General Finishes because they are less messy than traditional stains. 

I applied Duck Egg blue chalk after the stain dried.

Brushing on Java Gel stain for a base coat


Applying Java gel stain with a foam brush.
Applying Java gel stain with a foam brush.

After:


Cheval mirror given an antiqued finish

I sanded the paint a bit here and there and then sealed it with clear wax. A little more of the lighter wood peeked through than I planned for, so I applied a java glaze over the waxed finish and then wiped it off with a shop towel. The glaze nestled into the nooks and crannies and gave it the antiqued look that I wanted.

Antique finish was created with texture and distressed paint

Close up of Duck Egg blue chalk paint with java glaze.
Close up of Duck Egg blue finish.


Dark wax rests within the crevices of the frame

Texture and dark wax applied to the mirror frame


Cheval mirror before and after chalk paint

Duck egg blue with dark glaze.


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Supply List (contains affiliate links):

Wood filler & putty spatula
Java Gel Stain
Duck Egg Blue (The small project pot size should be plenty for this size project. But I always buy the larger size because I use it so much.)
Clear wax & wax brush
Java Glaze (Similar to stain but the consistency is a bit different.) Alternatively, a dark wax could be applied instead of the glaze.
Blue shop towels (to wipe off excess glaze)

Learn how to give modern furniture vintage style.

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