Tag: painting mirrors

Hale Navy To The Rescue!

January 5, 2013

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If you have been following along with me, you know that I am in crazy love with the color navy which I wrote about here, here, and here.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154 is one of my favorite navy paint colors out there. This week I had a little time to play, so I took my can of Hale Navy around the house to see what I could paint! Remember my office I am working on?:

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I like the California Paint Appleton painted walls, I just felt they were a bit boring. Hale Navy to the rescue!:

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I love it so much more now!

What else could I find to paint? Well, this mirror in the guest room has been bothering me a bit:

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I was not in love with the blue I used to paint this mirror over about a year ago. Looks to me like a fun and easy paint project!

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Doesn’t the green Frog Tape look so pretty with the blue? (Thanks to Carol over at The Design Pages, I found the perfect paint tape- FrogTape. It works so well masking, that I would not use anything else now.)

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TaDa!

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I think it is so pretty now!

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And one more project I could not resist, my bulletin board:

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I masked the edges well with Frog Tape:

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Now I have an original bulletin board:

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I still have so many projects for my office (flooring, bookshelves), but I already feel happier when I walk in!

Have you had time for any fun little paint projects lately? Love to hear about them!

P.S. If you want a shinier finish on the accessories you paint, you can always rub a little wax, such as Annie Sloan wax, on the surface and then buff to a bright finish.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly

Antibes Mirror Makeover

May 27, 2012

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The first time I saw the color  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color Antibes Green, I immediately knew I wanted to use it somehow, somewhere:

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work by Annie Sloan photo credit Christopher Drake

Isn’t the green beautiful? I knew I wanted to paint it on something! When I saw this boring old mirror in my bedroom, I knew I had found my willing subject!:

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This mirror is probably over ten years old that I had picked up from Bombay. I loved the size, shape and color but it is really heavy! My hubby said he will not hang it. 🙁  I could only find somewhere to lean it.

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It just sat it up there on my dresser because I did not want to just get rid of it because it looked outdated. It just needed a little love and paint. So Antibes project here we go!

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My wonderful friend Nancy at Sea Rose Cottage had supplied me with a sample jar to try and I knew it would be plenty enough to give two coats of paint to the mirror. First I wiped everything on the mirror down and then painted it with a quick coat:

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One of the things I loved about the mirror when I bought it, was all the different grooves and designs etched into it:

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So after painting, I sanded off some of the paint in areas so the detail of the etchings were more visible. I sanded it a bit with a piece of fine sandpaper until I liked the look:

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After sanding, I wiped it down with a wet rag and after it was dry, I painted on another coat, then sanded again when dry. The sanding really put the personality into the piece:

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Now it was time to wax. I have learned when using the dark wax, you only need a tiny drop of dark wax mixed with the clear wax:

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You could always add more dark wax if needed. After I finished waxing with my mix, I took just a small dab of the dark wax and wiped it on here and there for darker highlights. Wait to dry a few hours, then it is ready to buff! I just used an old t-shirt and shined it up.

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TaDa!:

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What do you think? It actually looks slightly darker than the photo shows. I love painting projects. Especially when they do not cost anything! Have you painted anything interesting lately?

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Look what I saw when I was driving down the road in NH:

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“Hello, is anyone home?”

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Unbelievable! Glad I was sitting in the car! I don’t know if the people were home or not. It just walked off into the woods after that. I hope those people are not feeding  it! Did you notice the yellow sign in the first picture? It says ‘Bear Crossing.’

Similar topics you might enjoy:

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 

Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Before & After Annie Sloan Transformations