Monday, May 7, 2012

Louis Blue Mirror


I found this shapely, vintage mirror at my local thrift shop and I knew it would be beautiful once it was painted.


I love the shape of this mirror and I especially love the metal applique attached at the top. The speckled, dated finish was the only thing I did not like about this mirror.

before
after
I painted the mirror with Louis Blue Chalk paint first.  Then, I painted some of the trim and the metal applique with Old White.  I wanted the finish to look old and I also wanted to tone down the Louis Blue a bit, so I used Coco as a wash over the entire frame.  To make the wash, I mixed the Coco paint 50/50 with water, brushed it on with a paint brush and wiped it back with a clean rag.


I like the way the Coco wash muted and subtly aged the Louis Blue paint, while being less obvious than the dark wax would have been.


After the mirror dried I applied a thin layer of Annie Sloan clear wax.


Now the mirror looks perfectly aged with its new finish.


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43 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is beautiful! the finish and colors are perfect on that mirror!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the colors and using the Coco as a wash is a great idea!

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Tobey said...

Love the mirror it looks amazing. I can not find chalk paint for sale anywhere in my area and had to make my own. Can you tell me what Coco is and where you buy it. I may have to start ordering products from the States to do the things I want to do. You have the best products and the most unique finds in the United States, I am so jealous

Emily said...

Love it, as per usual!

sissie said...

I just love your mirror redo! The shape is so pretty and I really, really like the paint color and treatment.

hugs
Sissie

mariondee-designs said...

Wow, just gorgeous! take care, Maryann

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful makeover!!!

Christie said...

Love the mirror...and the chandi!

Prissyville said...

$15...major steal! Way better in blue. Love the detail.

Connie said...

Your mirror is gorgeous. I love the colors you choose. You turned a walk on by . . . in to a stop and take notice. I'm your newest fan and follower, Connie :) If you have the time I would love to invite you over for a visit, and hopefully you will decide to follow me, too. I'm just a retired grandma, that wears a lot of hats: artist, re-purposer, paper crafter, musician and singer, gardener . . . just loving very day the good Lord give me.

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Divine Theatre said...

I love the Coco finish, as opposed to the Dark Wax! beautiful!

Andie

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a beautiful mirror!! I've been collecting them recently and would love to add this one to my collection. I love the Coco wash over the Louis Blue. Just beautiful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful! Love the paint color.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness--I can hardly believe that is the same mirror..I love it! The colors are perfect.

MONICA LIVAS said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Monica.

Anne said...

That looks wonderful, a perfect choice of colors. Great find!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Wow wow wow! SOO chic! It looks like the real deal, love the color and distressing.
♥lINSEY

Sarah @ Imperfect Patina said...

Beautiful!! I did a piece awhile back with that speckled finish.. yuck!

Restoration House Interiors said...

Are you selling this little pretty? Would LOVE to purchase! And I just love your blog BTW...been a follower for a while but it's always nice to see what you're up to! Hope you have an awesome Friday and I am SO SERIOUS about buying...thanks!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Amazing transformation Amanda. I love the colours you have used.

michelle said...

What a great find and the colors are perfect!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks fantastic, Amanda! It looks like a totally different mirror. Love the blue and white combo.

visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday : )

Terry said...

You are so right. This mirror, though not old or antique, when painted looks to be just that. It's beautiful and at $15 plus your work, you should get a good return on your money!

Terry said...

You are so right. This mirror, though not old or antique, when painted looks to be just that. It's beautiful and at $15 plus your work, you should get a good return on your money!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

ohmygoodnessilovethis!!! SO pretty!! SO SO pretty!! Love the colors, love the wash...love everything about it!

Beautiful!!

Lou Cinda

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

OMG! What a gorgeous mirror and a lucky find! You did a marvelous job and louis blue is my favorite AS color. TFS. Peggy

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow! That is quite the transformation! I adore the Louis Blue and white combination! Beautiful job on this!! :)

xoxo laurie

chateau chic said...

Your mirror is beautiful!
Mary Alice

awal.ny said...

I am not really a blue person, but wow this does look great. So french vintage.

The Shabby Chicas said...

Love this! You inspired me to try the coco/water mix too! I love your projects and your work.

Candy said...

GAWGEOUS!!!

Elyse said...

What a find and what a transformation! I really like the Coco wash. It really muted some of the brightness in the Louis Blue.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

ohmygosh, what a fabulous mirror. just perfect in these colors!! thanks so much for linking up to Vintage Inspiration!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely charming!! It turned out perfect! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Curtains in My Tree said...

what a find for $15. a steal

and I have never seen anything painted with the Annie Slaon paint that didn't turn out fabulous

you did a great job I don't know what coco is

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

Just beautiful and a steal for $15! Great makeover!

Anonymous said...

did you finish it with clear wax

MONICA LIVAS said...

It looks wonderful!

aarond said...

I am not a big blue fan but that is beautiful. I just may change my mind about blue after seeing that. Good job! Please come check out my blog!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! After see this blog I decided to make over a little mirror that I had for my very first Annie Sloan painting venture. It turn out so Pretty thanks to the details in your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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