I so look forward to the last Wednesday of each month because it is Thrift Store Makeover Challenge Day!
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We've added some familiar faces to the group plus each month we will be adding a guest blogger starting in August.
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This month's makeover may just be one of my favorite in this series.
I've described my style to you before as Eclectic French Country Farmhouse, and this mirror so falls into that category.
This thrift store mirror becomes a French Country treasure with a simple paint technique.
Not looking like this of course!
This baby was $10 at Goodwill. It most likely came from a dresser in the 1970s. It's real wood and very heavy.
I like the narrow shape. It was the perfect mirror for my dining room.
I adore the color on my new neutral walls. It really brings out the teals in the fabric panels.
Let's talk about how I achieved the look.
I used all Annie Sloan Chalk Paints in the following colors:
Duck Egg Blue
I so need to make a video of this technique that I've used on my last few pieces. It really gives the piece dimension and a nice worn look without heavy distressing. I know it may sound c-r-a-z-y, but I completed this mirror in an hour start to finish with the exception of the gold leafing.
- Clean the surface to be painted thoroughly.
- Paint 1 coat of your base color. Mine was French Linen. Let dry.
- Dry brush Duck Egg. Dries almost instantly.
- Dry brush Old White.
- Repeat dry Brush Duck Egg.
- Let dry.
- Apply one coat of clear wax.
- Apply one coat of dark wax.
- Buff to a sheen.
Now I know y'all are wondering what dry brushing is. It is so easy.
Dry Brushing Technique
- Dip your brush lightly in the paint color.
- Now wipe that brush on a paper towel to remove it slightly.
- With a slight touch, ever so lightly brush the paint on.
- Do this quickly.
- You want to start out ever so lightly so that you don't have a highly concentrated area of paint to start.
- As a result, you will see lots of the base color coming through.
- Continue to layer the colors that you want to use.
- I used 3 colors which I think has a good blend. Less is more.
The mirror has one coat of clear wax. Always apply clear wax first if using dark. Look closely. I have applied the dark wax to the outer edge. Can you see how the dark wax ages it. Of course, I went back an wiped a lot of the dark off in the process. This shows where the wax was initially applied. The entire mirror received a coat of dark wax.
Here is another angle of the dark wax going on.
I didn't originally plan on adding gold leaf. It just looked like it was missing something. It looked boring.
Apply the gold leaf.
I had a new bottle of Plaid Gold Leaf in Classic Gold. It is a liquid. I had never used it before. I used an artist brush and applied it on a few areas. Now we were talking.
I let it dry then went back and very lightly distressed with a fine grit sandpaper. It took very little sanding. Apply a coat of clear wax over the areas painted gold to seal.
The only distressing that I did was on the gold areas and along the outer edges of the mirror. The dry brushing gives it all the aging you need.
Now I have a very inexpensive vignette over the antique reproduction lowboy in the dining room with an expensive look!
The 3 larger white plates that are hung above are from Ikea. The 2 smaller ones are ironstone from the thrift store.
The tray and candlesticks are also previous thrift store finds.
I now have a beautiful French Country vignette for my dining room for very little money!
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