Provence Painted Mirror, Part Two

June 18, 2013


How was your weekend? I wanted to share with you how my bedroom mirror project I started last week here:


Ended up turning out. I purchased more of the Chalk Paint® (ASCP) Provence paint to finish the job:


I loved the color of the Provence, but I decided that I wanted something a little lighter in color. I tried mixing different parts of the Chalk Paint® Provence with Chalk Paint® Old White until I found the perfect color mixture:


The mixture I was happy with was with one part Provence to three parts Old White. Perfect! See how nice it works with my bedroom fabric?:


Love it. My original plan was to rub some of the color Chalk Paint® Aubusson Blue over the finish to bring in some of the dark blue of the fabric, but I just wasn’t loving it:


I like the clean look better, don’t you? It was easy to paint over the blue. You have to experiment and try different techniques, right? So after one coat of the mixed paint, I rubbed on the Clear Wax, waited 24 hours to dry and then buffed to a beautiful shine:


I’m really happy with it! The lighter color works so much better in the room instead of the Chalk Paint® Antibes. The Magic of Paint! Still a few more projects, but I love how the bedroom is all coming together:


I have this on my husband’s bedside table:


A different way to display using books slid sideways as pedestals. Isn’t the house and mushroom so cute? There is a local store here in North Conway, NH where these little houses are made individually by special, disabled adults. They are all so sweet that I can never make up my mind which to buy!

I hope you enjoyed my mirror redesign project. So easy to do and it really is perfect!

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My Unfinished Weekend Project

June 9, 2013


I planned to write a fabulous blog over the weekend to share with you about my bedroom mirror makeover with Chalk Paint®:


Well, that is not going to happen because I ran out of paint:

empty blue

My fault for not planning well! I was going to try a new technique (for me) using a darker Chalk Paint® (ASCP) color as a wash over a lighter color:

          provence120                                           aubussonblue120

             Provence                                                   Aubusson Blue

Stayed tuned.

Another project I am working on involves taking a chair to my seamstress to change the fabric of an old chair I love:



I love the details of this chair. I also thought about painting the frame. But as I looked the the existing fabric of the chair, I realized I could not find a better match to work with the new rug:


And this fabric also works well with the fireplace stone and my Amy Butler wallpaper behind the shelves:


So in review of this chair project, I declare it finished! I am going to leave as is!


At least one project is finished. So how did your weekend projects go? I did try working outside gardening, but the black flies chased me inside!

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Elegant Gilding Wax Giveaway

December 14, 2012



Isn’t this mirror gorgeous?! I just love it. My friend Nancy from Sea Rose Cottage, ASCP extraordinaire, recently posted how she made it here. I would love to make one and hang in the guest room. Wouldn’t that look beautiful and unique?:



Nancy used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror! For the lettering, she used Royal Design Studio’s  Springtime in Paris Stencil which Nancy now also carries in her store.


Nancy wants to celebrate the Holiday Season with a Giveaway!! She wants to give you a chance at a great gift idea for yourself or someone that loves to be creative and paint various projects! She is giving  an entire set of 4 waxes…1 of each color (Empire Gold, Kings Gold, Renaissance Gold & Silver). She is also going to add a stencil of Small Moroccan Arches which is just one of her selection of Royal Design Studio stencils in the shop. Total Giveaway Value is over $100!!



I would love to have this set! (I know, I know I can’t enter.) Thank you Nancy! Look how pretty this old picture frame came out after Nancy used the Empire Gold Gilding Wax on the details of the frame:



You can read how she painted this frame here.You can use French Gilding Wax to add sparkle to your projects by outlining the architectural details of furniture and other objects. It can be used on many surfaces including wood, plaster, glass and metal!:



If you are one that can not resist a bit of gold that adds such elegance to your projects, enter now!  To enter, you can subscribe to Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage Blog or like Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook or write your answer to this question in the comments below. Question:

What project would you like to use the French Gilding Wax on?

Contest will be open until Monday December 17 at midnight. Good luck! The winner of the raffle will be announce Tuesday, December 18th.  (due to severe computer problems over the weekend, I have extended the contest deadline by one day.)

Thank you Nancy!

You can read more about the gilding wax, ASCP, brushes, books, stencils and more here at Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage online shop. If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas for the painterly, Nancy just posted some great gift ideas in her post “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Painterly” .


Have a wonderful weekend!