I thought I could make this a two-in-one post about this mirror’s transformation & how I achieved this layered, distressed look so simply. ❤ Seriously. SO simply.
We had a few awesome fall colours left from when we won with Country Chic Paint so I decided to try something a little different with this dated mirror.
Now, I’m not going to tell you a tall tale about how I knew this mirror was going to turn out beautifully, because to be honest… I just did not see this poor thing’s potential. I really truly didn’t care for this mirror and feel so badly about it now, because I really do love the way it turned out. (It had been patiently waiting for some love in the garage for sooooo long.)
Here’s this beauty’s before photo:
This mirror is actually not wood. It’s a molded plastic by Syroco. (This helped me feel a lot less guilty about painting it!)
I started out with a few coats of Country Chic’s Luna. It’s a really neat colour, it looks white but with some soft pale hints of green. (LOVE it) (Disclaimer: these colours were part of their limited edition colours BUT I’m pretty sure for a small fee CCP will custom mix colours for customers. Aren’t they sweet?) ❤
Once the Luna base colour dried, I used some of the gorgeous, deep green ‘Wanderess’ for my next coat. I worked with my Oval Paint Brush, (also from Country Chic Paint) in small sections, being sure to get it into all the details of the mirror. Before it had a chance to dry I wiped some of it away using a damp rag, leaving behind the dark in the details and a little bit on the surface.) Almost like a glazing technique.) I continued to wipe the edges of the mirror with the damp cloth creating the distressed look. After the Wandress was dry I used some of the deep blue colour, Nightfall and dry-brushed it over the details. This really made the faux wood grain pop. I finished it off with a bit of Pistachio Delight dry-brushed in random sections on top of that.
Getting the distressed look on this was so easy. Usually I’m sanding and making a mess & this damp rag just did all of the work for me. Now, I don’t know if this technique works with all paints and canvases but it certainly worked amazingly on this piece. I’m going to try it again with a few pieces and will report back with the results.
I am lovin’ this transformation!
What projects are you working on this week?
HAPPY PAINTING! ❤