I’m a little embarrassed to tell you this, but I’ve had this mirror sitting on a ledge in my living room for a couple of years. Whenever I glance in that direction, I always think I need to get a different mirror because this one doesn’t fit the decor. I bought some chalk paint to give a thrift store finial a face lift and it hit me; this mirror would look great with a chalk paint finish too.
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The above picture is the original frame. At first, I did nothing other than dust off the frame and apply three coats of *Folk Art Chalk Paint color “Sheepskin”. Amy thought it would look good if I stenciled on the frame. Even though I wasn’t convinced that was the direction I wanted to go, I gave it a try. I did one whole side of the frame with molding paste and a micro dot stencil I use for scrapbooking. The result, not good, and I thought what possessed me to do the entire side of the frame before deciding whether I liked it. I then went and found a script stencil I have and tried it on the other side with just paint and….drum roll, I loved it. Now I had the task of sanding the dots off.
You would not believe how hard it was to sand off all those little dots! With the sanding complete, I added three fresh coats of chalk paint. I put the script over the entire frame with *molding paste, as the paint just didn’t give enough definition. Once dry I used a sanding block with medium grit to just barely knock off the high points. Then I got an old cotton sock and gave the entire frame a light coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax. And that’s my DIY stenciled frame!
What do you think? Do you have something stuck away in the attic or basement that would look amazing with this technique? We would love for you to share your makeover with us.
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