Another thrift shop find for less than $3.00, woo-hoo!! I found this cute little framed mirror last week and I wanted to try chalk paint – you know, where you make your own Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – there are tons of tutorials out there. Which tutorial works best? The one where you have access to all the ingredients :)
Any who – here’s what the original mirror looked like:
And here is the finished product:
That’s right, you just paint chalkboard paint (I actually used chalkboard spray paint) right over that glass!
For the frame, I originally painted it red – you should never send a self professed color blind person to the store looking for a maroonish barn red color – just sayin…
So, I did what any DIY’er does when they don’t like what they see. I painted over it with this pretty turquoise color. I bought a little $2.99 paint sample from Home Depot (love that they sell these now!) and added one tablespoon of unsanded tile grout and a dab of water to give it that chalky feel (chalk paint).
After giving it two coats of paint, I lightly sanded it to make the red come out (be careful, or you’ll easily sand all the way down to the wood). I then used Johnson’s paste wax to seal it. I did not want to use Johnson’s wax due to the odor, but that’s all I could find at Home Depot. If anyone has any suggestions of what else to use that you can get at a Home Depot, Lowes, or Menard’s, let me know!
Unfortunately, we don’t have an Annie Sloan distributor close to us. I hear everyone raving about her products.
Here are a few more close-up pics (the indoor lighting was not good, but you still get the idea):
Overall, I like my first chalk paint project – my next attempt will be on a cute little dresser I picked up over the weekend. Can’t wait to get started!
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