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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a somewhat dated but otherwise beautiful ornate mirror at the op shop (thrift store/charity shop). The moment I picked it up, I could tell it was well made – the mirror had a certain ‘heaviness’ and sturdiness to it that cheaply made products just don’t have. I decided to buy the mirror and see if I couldn’t give it a new lease on life with a little chalk paint.
- Rustoleum’s chalk paint in Linen White (any white chalk paint will do).
- Grey chalk paint (I used this paint)
- A hog hair brush
- A regular paintbrush
- Antiquing glaze in black or dark brown (or) DIY antiquing glaze (see below)
- Protective paint topcoat
To begin, I applied two coats of white chalk paint to the mirror, leaving about an hour’s drying time between each coat.
Next, I dipped a completely dry hog hair brush in some grey chalk paint. I then dabbed the brush on a rag a few times to remove any excess paint.
With the excess paint removed, I dabbed the brush against the mirror at random, using the bristles of the brush to fade/blend the grey into the white base. I found that a combination of circular motions and sharp, thrusting motions worked well.
At this stage, my mirror looked like this
I wanted to bring out the features more, so I decided to use some “antiquing glaze”. By this, I mean I used my poor woman’s DIY glaze, which is just a combination of 5 parts matt varnish + 1 part water + 1 part paint.
To finish, I sprayed the mirror with a protective top coat.
And that’s it!