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Chalk Paint Mirror Makeover

It’s been in the closet for going on two years.

I’m always telling you about stuff in my closet, luckily I have several.large.closets…

I’ve been thinking about hanging a mirror over the fireplace.

And I have several cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint~the best stuff in the world~ sitting around.

It’s right up there with chocolate!

I also have a stencil or two.

(Not those big nice ones that I keep trying to win in these blog giveaways 🙂

Step by step:

1.  Paint all the wood Annie Sloan Cream (which is a light yellow, in my eye).  Let this dry

2.  Use a stencil, move it around randomly (all the while worrying that I’m going to smear things)…use Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, let this dry.

3.  Dilute Annie Sloan Country Grey with water (about half and half).  Brush over entire surface.Wipe off as needed.

Let everything dry.

4. Dry brush Annie Sloan Old White over everything to get desired look.

Let everything dry.

5.  Use sandpaper and get rough with it~as needed to achieve an aged look.

I did not use any wax, I wanted the very matte look.

Get someone strong and hopefully handsome (like Mr. reFresh) to drill hole, use a hanger that supports 200#’s or so it says.  (If they’re not strong or handsome, act like they are.  Because after all they are raising a heavy, breakable object over their head and they need all the confidence you can muster up.)  This thing is heavy!

Have this guy on a ladder, lift up the mirror and put it in place.  Step back and realize that it’s 2 or 3 inches too high.    Tell him how much you appreciate him waiting to go play golf, just to get this hung and then…ask him to lower it 🙂

Listen to him lovingly fuss a little, and have him repeat the above hanging stuff.  Put the mirror back up there, step back.  Smile like a cheshire cat (whatever that is).  And wonder why you have left this beautiful thing in the closet for two.whole.years!  Get stuff out of the closet People!  nevermind I’m talking to myself!

Remember we’re having a huge party.  The button is on the sidebar, and this is me getting ready for Fox Hollow Cottage’s Mantel Party!

I will also be getting ready for Debbie’s and Gina’s party too!

I hope you will be joining us, after all, it’s a first for some of us!

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  1. I Love that! It looks awesome. And spring-y colors too. I wish my closets had cute stuff like yours! LOL

  2. We are thinking alike my dear friend! I believe I just lived this same experience myself last week. Great minds think alike I guess! LOL
    Anyway, it looks beautiful, Debbie. I love how you added the stenciling around it. Good thing you pulled that beauty out of the closet! She’s much too pretty to be hanging around in a closet.

  3. IT LOOKS….MAAAHHHHVVVELOOOUSSS!!!! It fits so perfect above the fireplace!! But you always do such a wonderful job! 🙂

  4. This is great. What a neat use of the stencil, it gives it some great whimsical detail. Then with the dry brush over…just perfect. Can’t wait to see the mantel!

    So happy to hear you’ve joined the group!! Not sure what happened with my email?

    Happy Tuesday,

  5. Looks great! Glad you let it out of the closet 🙂 Your strong, handsome husband did a terrific job hanging it, too!

  6. I love how the stencil adds so much more character to the frame. It looks so much more interesting now! Great job 🙂

  7. Blues and yellows my favorite colors, I love the mirror, the yellow is subtle and beautiful, the blue sets it off perfectly!! Good job!

  8. Very pretty Debbie. I love the stencil work too!

  9. The mirror looks great Debbie! I wish I could paint the one over ours. It came off of my dresser.

  10. You are getting way ahead of me! Your mirror looks fabulous 🙂 Thanks for the tips too.

  11. Debbie that is so pretty, I love how fresh it looks!

  12. Lovely..Lovely!!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  13. It looks amazing…love the stenciling!!!! Wish I had closets full of treasures like you :o)

  14. I know what’s in MINE… I’m coming over to go through YOURS =) This is gorgeous. Well, it is NOW anyway. It looks perfect. That little bit of distressed stenciling totally “makes” it!! It looks like a million bucks now. So, so pretty… Now come work some magic for me 😉

    It is getting really hard not to show my mantel!!!! Can’t wait for the party =)

  15. I love it…I just can’t get enough of your blog! I just ordered my first chalk paint this past weekend…Annie Sloan Cream…so we must think alike, too! I cannot wait to get it in & give it a try. I wish that I could come over & go through your closets…you have the best stuff in them it seems!

  16. That chalk paint is amazing! Turning old and ugly and brown into fresh and young and beautiful! I really need to get me some of that stuff …



  17. I can’t believe the difference that chalk paint makes! What a gorgeous update!

  18. How much nicer the mirror is in the soft colours! Love it.

  19. I can relate to getting a mr to hang something heavy…lol!
    Your mirror looks awesome….never would have thought to use a stencil under paint.

    Thanks for the heads up about the up coming parties.

  20. Debbie, it really looks amazing. I love it. You’re causing me to rethink some of my older mirrors, too. Thanks, Helen

  21. So very pretty! Just wanted to stop by and say hi, and that I’m glad to be following you!

  22. Hi Debbie,
    The new mirror is so lovely and very pretty!
    Great makeover, very soft looking…
    All the Best,

  23. That is an interesting process for a fabulous look. I like the subtle pattern.

  24. ohhh lovely – so fresh and crisp & springy! great great re-do!

  25. I really need to buy me some chalk paint. I see all the cool things that you can do with it. Love the stencil effect!

  26. Nice transformation girl! I’ve always wanted to try ASCP, but haven’t purchased any quite yet…this totally inspires me! Thanks for the button love for the upcoming RRR party!

  27. So glad the mirror is out of the closet and hanging in your home. I was just recently thinking about how my mom would leave the hanging to dad, even though she was quite capable. As a teenage and young adult, I thought it was silly of her to wait around on a man. Haha! But as a married adult, I now see the importance of making your husband feel needed. It’s all part of making a house a home. I’m so glad to have you join the All Things Home party.
    sharon @ mrs. hines class

  28. Your blog is magnificent. I love it! Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas and your lovely photos. Very inspirational.

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