1.11.2012

Better Late Than Never

I've been reading about the wonders of Annie Sloan's chalk paint on every blog I visit for at least a year now. I finally gave it a whirl and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
I know my strengths and capabilities and let me just assure you that painting is not one of them.  So I started small on this adventure.  This mirror used to hang in the basement bathroom of my old house.  When we moved, I never found the perfect place for it, namely due to it's too silver finish.
I've been drooling over Duck Egg Blue since I first heard mention of the famed chalk paint.  When the Honeybee (a west side must-shop) started carrying the line, I literally bee-lined to the shoppe to make it mine.
And, just three months later, I finally put brush to paint.  One of the fantastic features of the chalk paint is that no sanding or priming is required.  So, I taped off the mirror and set to it.  I didn't really know what I was doing so I started slow.  I basically dry brushed the color on and then (just by happenstance) used a baby wipe to dab off where I wanted the previous finish to show through.
I let it dry overnight and then went back and gave it a clear wax.  I really worked the wax into the mirror, and then pressed it down and wiped it off with one of the PCP's socks.  That night I went back over it and buffed it with the sock to a flattering light luster.  Waiting time aside, painting the mirror was a snap.  I'd say it took only about thirty minutes of actual work.
And now my masterpiece (at least in my book...I'm awfully proud of it) hangs in the den.  
It's safe to say things are going to be turning up duck egg blue all over the place around these parts.
xoxo

Flattered for the feature at Mrs. Polly Rogers!

37 comments:

Jackie said...

Looks gorgeous! I love your trash bag drop cloths. I do the exact same. :). Do you think you will paint your furniture?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That stuff is addicting, believe I know LOL!! LOVE LOVE the makeover and that gorgeous mirror!

Dixie Delights said...

Jackie - I have one piece of furniture to paint but I'm SCARED!! I think I'll practice on a few more small frames and such first. :-)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I love your mirror! I'd love to have you link it to my party that just started! Overflowing with Creativity!!! Thanks LOTS!

XO, Aimee

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Watch out it is very addictive. Love the mirror.

Jackie said...

Your dark furniture is something that really attracted me to your decor. I loved the beachy colors with the dark wood. My thoughts were/are....her furniture will never be out of style. I think it depends on the piece.

jennifer said...

Looks great!! I have painted a dresser, frames, sideboard even some old antlers (with old white) and the stuff is THE best!!!! I haven't found a color I don't like is also addictive :-)

tablerbunch said...

I've been meaning to get to the HoneyBee to purchase this! Love the mirror!

Judy said...

The mirror looks amazing. I love chalk paint too. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

It looks great. I have to try the chalk paint too!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So glad to see that chalk paint on that mirror treatment. I have toyed with the notion of painting a mirror that is bronze and gold..so need a facelift and I am convinced

Great job..looks fantastic!

Deidre~ said...

I love the way your mirror turned out! Love your color choice too:)) Nice job,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Deidre~ said...

I love the way your mirror turned out! Love your color choice too:)) Nice job,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Deidre~ said...

I love the way your mirror turned out! Love your color choice too:)) Nice job,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Beautiful results.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Beautiful results!,,,

Betsy said...

What a gorgeous transformation. This mirror has such pretty bones and you really made it pop.
Don't you just love ASCP? Duck Egg is popping up all over the place in my home.

Ann said...

Exquisite mirror. I have yet to try ASCP. Your project makes me want to try it right now! I can't purchase locally, so will have to order it, I guess.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the mirror--the shape of it is so elegant-and the chalk paint makes it divine!

Pamela said...

Looks fabulous!

Terry said...

Well as you know it was a lovely mirror before but you turned it into one gorgeous piece of art.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Great job! The mirror looks wonderful.

Barb

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I have yet to try it, too! But I keep seeing results that totally tempt me!!! I love the color you chose! Your mirror turned out AWESOME! It'd cost a fortune at a boutique for sure!!! I'm so glad you shared this at my party!!! I'm so excited to be your newest follower!!! I'll be watching for when you try this on furniture and I'll let you know when I give it a try, too!!! Hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend!!!

XO, Aimee
Your Newest Bloggy Friend

Danielle said...

Gorgeous. This is one of my most favorite colors from Annie Sloan. Love the mirror.

Sue said...

What a nice transformation- the mirror looks wonderful! ASCP can solve a multitude of problems and issues. I have oodles of projects to get going on, myself. :-) Visiting from French Country Cottage.

Jennelise said...

It looks gorgeous! That is a lovely color and I love the texture!
Jennelise

Marsha said...

Hi,It's Marsha from over at "Everylittlebirdie". I've just purchased the white Annie Sloan paint and I'm going to redo an old Oak table and chairs. Now I may have to go out and buy to Duck blue. Your mirror is gorgeous!!!! Love that blue!!!!

Our DIY Diaries said...

This is so beautiful! I would love for you to link it at our party!

http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/01/fab-not-drab-link-party-2-and-features.html

Jen

Amy said...

That turned out SO pretty! I have heard everyone talking about that paint too...maybe now I have to go try it like you did! Great project. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Olive Cooper said...

First of all the mirror was pretty to start with but you have enhanced it immensely with the duck egg blue. Well done.

jacky@smallhomelove.com said...

Awesome job on the mirror! I'm also painting challanged, but this looks like a pro did it.

L Phillilps said...

I saw your mirror over on House of Turquoise, it is so great! I have been searching for one just like it for several weeks! Any ideas on where I could find one like it? It has the perfect shape...I'd like to know the dimensions. Do any of you ladies know a good place to find Italian-inspired pieces in the same vein as this mirror? Very hard to find in my part of the country. Thank you, and NICE JOB!

Dixie Delights said...

L Philips, Unfortunately I've had the mirror for about seven years. I purchased it from the Ballard Designs outlet in Atlanta. They might be a good source for you to look to, even though I'm pretty sure they don't carry this same one. I hope that helps! Amanda

L Phillilps said...

Dixie: How funny is this? One showed up on One Kings Lane today, but painted a gaudy green, almost the exact shape! Thanks for your post because I've been wanting to try the chalk paint and just picked up some "Provence" to try.

Tania said...

Beautiful work! I love the duck egg blue chalk paint! Tell me, though, I can't buy it locally, so I will have to order it, is it more blue or green in color. The swatches on-line look more greenish blue than bluish green. Thanks.

Dixie Delights said...

Tania - it's definitely more blue than green and it's GORGEOUS!! The first pic on this post is most representative of the color.

sarah daniel said...

I want you do this to a dresser but a little nervous. Anything i should know before i start; like products to get

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