Chalk Paint Mirror Makeover

When I shared my DIY eucalyptus wreath a few months ago, I received almost as many comments about the mirror it rested on as I did about the wreath itself.  And I know why… The antique window shape, the panes, the crisp white, the hint of bronze peeking through at the worn edges.

One coat chalk paint mirror makeover - no sanding, no top coat! maisondepax.com

And the best part?  1 coat of paint. 1 wet rag. 1 gorgeous finish.

One coat chalk paint mirror makeover - no sanding, no top coat! maisondepax.com

I started with this beautiful mirror.*  The shape was perfect, but the finish was a bit too heavy for my space.  It had a textured, bronze look that just wasn’t right in my home.  But one good coat of Country Chic Paint in Simplicity covered the dark bronze, texture and all.

This looks so easy! Chalk paint and a simple distressing technique via maisondepax.com #diy #tutorial

Fortunately, Country Chic Paint adheres even to a shiny, gilded finish.  Even better, it doesn’t take extensive effort to distress it.  A damp rag rubbed along the edges took off just the right amount of paint.  UPDATE: Due to a fabulous reader question (you guys keep me on my toes!), I thought I’d share when I use the damp rag. I let the paint dry to the touch (usually about 1-2 hours), but do not let it cure completely.  If you wait longer, it will still distress, but it will take more elbow grease for sure.

This looks so easy! Chalk paint and a simple distressing technique via maisondepax.com #diy #tutorial

And I’m loving it in my foyer now.  A simple, clean slate for the new year

This looks so easy! Chalk paint and a simple distressing technique via maisondepax.com #diy #tutorial

What could you transform with one easy coat of Simplicity?

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This looks so easy! Chalk paint and a simple distressing technique via maisondepax.com #diy #tutorial

Disclosure: As a member of the Country Chic Paint Blogger Squad, I have received compensation in the form of product, but, as always, opinions are entirely mine!  You can see my full disclosure policy here.

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Comments

  1. Love the beautiful arched mirror…looks wonderful in the space! Love wreaths over mirrors..and yes, people will focus on something other than what is featured…I can see them focusing on the mirror after admiring that beautiful wreath!

  2. Wow, it looks fantastic and you sure made it look easy!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much! The only hard part is getting all three kids to sleep at the same time so I can paint. Ha!

  3. I still have never tried chalk paint but I’m anxious to try it. Maybe soon. I love everything you have in that area. Great job.

  4. Do you let the paint dry before you wipe with the damp rag? And where did you get the bench? I always like it when I see it in your posts.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      That’s a great question, Kim! I might even go back and add that… I do let the paint dry to the touch, but not completely cure. In other words, about an hour after painting is the perfect time. If you wait longer, you can still distress it, it will just take more elbow grease. 😉 And I think the bench originally came from World Market, but I’m not positive. I actually got it from my grandmother; she had it on her patio with pots on it for a few years, and I was quick to snatch it up when she downsized her home a few years ago. It’s the years outside in the rain and sun that did those gorgeous things to the finish. :) Hope this helps!

  5. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thanks for the beautiful mirror idea. It has a wonderful home in your foyer,i don’t know how you find the time. You are a wonder.

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