Monday, April 16, 2012

Chalk Painted Framed Mirror

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:

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And here is the finished product:

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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):

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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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5 comments:

Decor & Harmony said...

Tam, your sign turned out great! I love chalkboard paint. I use both of these waxes honestly the fumes don't bother me. You can order Annie Sloans product and they can be shipped to you. Stop by for a blog visit I'm your newest follower.

ANNE said...

love it and that turquoise frame, too!! Great job.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I agree it turned out looking great! I love using chalkboard paint!!

Stacey said...

This is just cute as can be!
I love it!
THanks for linking up!
I am so glad you did!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Stacey said...

Featured you! Come by and see and be sure to grab a featured button from my sidebar! Thanks for linking up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

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