Friday, March 9, 2012

Bleu & Blanc Frenchy Mirror


It is difficult to find perfectly round, old mirrors, so I was excited when I found this one at a yard sale.


It had beautiful details and original beveled glass, that is so old it looks wavy at certain angles.


I wanted the mirror to look like an old, French antique with original paint.  I chose my two Chalk Paint colors to create the look: Duck Egg and Old White.  I painted the frame with Duck Egg and then dry brushed the Old White over the appliques at top and bottom, as well as the raised trim running up the sides. I dry brushed the paint, in all different directions, purposefully missing parts, so that the gold underneath would show through.


After the paint dried, I waxed the entire frame with Annie Sloan's clear wax.  Then,  I made a glaze with Annie Sloan's dark wax by blending it with unscented mineral spirits.  


I painted the glaze on the frame and then wiped back, making sure to leave the dark glaze in the crevasses.





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20 comments:

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a lovely color choice--the mirror is beautiful!

All Ways Designing said...

Beautiful job! I love the colors and how all the details "pop"!

Jan

Bonnie B said...

OMG! This is beautiful! I LOVE it! I just posted my desk and decided to check out the other entries.Now cant wait to find a mirror like yous!

pink*cherub*moon said...

What a gorgeous mirror! Your transformation is exquisite! I love the color combination and how it makes the decorative trim pop! You always share the nicest items! Hugs, Leena

Moa said...

What a wonderful mirror .. really nice! Now I must just find a similar order to do if after your description .. love it!

A Cottage Muse said...

The mirror is just beautiful and I love the last photo's reflection too!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Wow, i absolutely love it!

Kathy said...

Love this..........

Emily said...

I enjoy all your posts, but this was such a lovely transformation I had to tell you what a great job you did on it! Hugs, Frani

Deborah said...

This is gorgeous! What a transformation!
I love both those colours and have them too.
I love how you used both for this mirror.
Great job..love it!

Deborah :)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow, I love it! You must be so patient to do such detailed work - it looks awesome!

Kathleen

Betty Whatley said...

Love, love the mirror. The two colors you used were just perfect for that mirror. I also use Annie Sloan paint & like those colors together, but I was happy to hear you used mineral spirits with the dark wax, because sometime the dark wax is to thick & dark. Thanks for the information. Just found your blog but will be coming back. Some wonderful things.
Betty Whatley

Karen said...

That mirror is gorgeous! Love it! Thanks for the tip about mixing mineral spirits with the dark wax. I just started using ASCP and am finding the dark wax really darkens it too much. I'll try your idea. Do you use any certain ratio? Thanks for the inspiration.

Passionate for White said...

Great color choices - your mirror is stunning!

Gail said...

Looks fabulous and French !! Gail x

Amanda said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I have pinned this to my "Paint it Annie!" inspiration board! Love, love, love it!
Best Wishes and Blessings from another ASCP enthusiast...as well as another Amanda! :) Following you!

Anonymous said...

It's a nice job indeed, but the gold background is missing from the distressing which would have added another layer of beauty in my opinion -blue over gold looks grand! just saying!

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