Gold Mirror Makeover With Chalk Paint

Susan W Bosscawen
by Susan W Bosscawen
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We have a mirror I’ve had since the 70s. Octagonal, gold frame, beveled glass. It’s been a good mirror. I’ve used it in halls, over mantels, in bathrooms. Good size for many locations. It’s versatile.

It’s now dated and shabby. And not in a chic-y shabby way. Just stained and a tacky shabby. Like everything we’ve done the past year, I have no “before” pictures, although this will give you an idea of how it looked.
I picked up a quart of Annie Sloan paint in French Linen. There are two wax colors available: dark and clear. I chose the dark.
I gave the full mirror a single coat. Let it dry about 20 minutes. Repainted several spots that bled through. Waited 20 more minutes. Repainted a few places again. I don’t think this was any fault of Annie Sloan’s.

I chose the dark wax. It chocolaty and thick. I wiped it on with one rag, then wiped off the excess with another, clean one. Don’t cover a large area, then go back and wipe it off. It doesn’t dry on contact, but you want a smooth, continuous finish.
This is a tiny bathroom, with no other light than over the sink and no window. It fits in this little alcove perfectly.

But, best of all, it is still a versatile mirror. It would go nicely anywhere.

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Suggested materials:
  • Annie Sloan Paint & Wax   (Specialty shop)
  • Good condition, old mirror   (already owned)
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  • Jg Jg on Jul 20, 2017

    I love this finish.beautiful. Now I've got to try it

  • Susan W Bosscawen Susan W Bosscawen on Jul 20, 2017

    The paint is expensive, but after completion, could barely tell any was missing. It's been 2 years in a bathroom vanity and held up well. Thanks for writing. We'd love to have you join us at Come visit.