If I had my way I’d have mirrors hanging all over my house…
Not because I want to look at myself, all that would do is remind me how tired I look. No, I like mirrors for their frames
and that they have a presence on a wall that doesn’t bore me after awhile like a picture of a bird or a landscape.
This pair of mirrors (stacked in the back) were part of a Thomasville bedroom suite I acquired at an estate sale
When I acquire sets like this I typically break them up, ie) I don’t paint the whole suite the same. The mirrors are usually the first thing I’ll grab to refinish – can’t have too many mirrors on the store floor.
On this set, I started with a brushed layer of Caromal Colours Peppercorn, a black thicker paint. When that dried I stenciled the design using a stone-like plaster – nice and thick, perfect for creating relief –
When the stencil dried I brushed over the whole thing with a mix of American Paint Wild Horses (a red brown) and Desert Cactus (a green gold brown) . It’s one of my favorite paint mixes – creating a warm brown brown. When that dried I sanded to smooth and reveal the undercolors – some black, alot of stone stencil, then sealed with American Topcoat Finish –
I did both mirrors the same way , and moved them onto the showroom floor. The next day I came in, took one look at one of the mirrors and thought
‘That’s not right’
Next thing I was dragging the mirrors to the back and brushed a new color on. Sometimes the finish you created isn’t what you envisioned in your head – it happens to us all. Nothing more paint can’t fix, right?
I got out the Plymouth Rock color by American Paint, and brushed a coat of that over everything. Plymouth Rock is kindof sheer – I love this color, it’s like a grey white… when it dried I sanded back, to reveal ALL that stuff going on underneath
When it dried I buffed it with a soft cloth –
Now I like it better
Looks years worn….
This mirror also had a pair
and was part of THIS suite, also acquired from an estate sale
LOVED this find… still have that gorgeous chest waiting to paint, and a few weeks ago completed that triple dresser (still need to share that project)
I must have something for painted -brown-finish mirrors, eh? I just realized I took this one in the same direction as the other one above, only this time I was satisfied with the color
Again, I used a mix of the American Wild Horses and Desert Cactus to get a warmer brown, and brushed it over a layer of American Paint Lincoln’s Hat (black) –
Sanded back to smooth and reveal, then sealed with the Clear Wax. I embellished the mirrors detail with Swarovski crystals AND this really pretty, sparkly jewel magnet
The second mirror only got as far as the basecoat – American Paint’s black Lincoln’s Hat. It sat in the back room unfinished…..
Last week I decided to GET IT DONE. I didn’t feel BROWN anymore. I wanted something light, and airy…. so I grabbed CeCe Caldwell’s Nantucket Spray, one of my favorite colors –
It’s a light light shade of a blue green. So light it doesn’t lock you into either color. Every time someone uses it in our workshops I tell myself ‘use that color again’ , so I did!
I painted the Nantucket Spray over the black Lincoln’s Hat and let it dry. Then I grabbed an alllover damask stencil and proceeded to stencil using Caromal Colours Reclaim Bright White
Arrrgh, are you frustrated that I am jumping around with different products? I don’t mean to confuse you 🙂 I love my chalk and clay paints and am fortunate enough to have two fabulous lines – American Paint Company AND CeCe Caldwell – at my fingertips – so I grab from both, depending on the color I desire.
For the stenciling I grabbed Caromal’s Reclaim paint because it not only adheres to pretty much ANY surface, but also has a BUILT IN SEALER. Yup, you read that right – when it dries and cures it is self sealed. That means I can use it to stencil right over my mirror, and when it dries I won’t have to worry about wiping it off when it comes time to clean the mirror – Brilliant!
This time the idea that was in my head came out just right. An allover soft white on a light and dreamy base color. Here and there are pops of black, to add some glam…
and the jewel queen comes through (I must have been a sparkle fairy in a different lifetime) with a few more sprinklings of Swarovski in the design, and a pretty jewel
Hope this inspires you to get your OWN paint on!
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