Friday, March 1, 2013

Mirror, Mirror...

I have been very into Distressed pieces lately.  I had an old mirror in the basement that I had been eying for quite some time and wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go.  Having picked up some fresh, bright paint colors on a recent trip to Home Depot, I thought it would be cool to use one of those colors and try some major distressing. 

The mirror itself was in pretty decent shape.  I
love the dramatic ledge on top and the pretty details in the carved design.  

Again, I always try to stick to the main steps when it comes to refurbishing furniture and since I've had a few reader questions on this topic as of late, I thought I'd list the components today:

1.  Sand.  Not always required; this depends on how you want your paint or other medium to stick to the surface.  For an item that you plan on distressing, it would be fine to not sand until after you've done your painting.  Another tip when it comes to sanding is to use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away any dust or particles after you've finished. 

2.  Tape.  Always make sure you tape your edges so that paint does not drip onto an area that you do not plan on taping.  I prefer Frog Tape, which can be found at any hardware store.

3.  Prime.  I do not prime when I distress.  I want the original surface to peak through the paint and primer would just be one more layer to sand over.  Not needed here.

4.  Paint.  Once you've sanded and taped your item, you're ready to paint.  With a bigger item that stands on its own, say a dresser or a desk, I usually lay down paper or tarp and have Boyfriend assist me in moving the item onto the paper.  With a smaller item, it helps to have a game plan on how you will prop up your item and successfully paint every surface, crack and crevice.  In this case, my game plan involved a cake stand and a towel.  Yes, folks, you read that right, a cake stand covered by a towel allowed for me to simply lay the mirror on top and paint from all angles. 

Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the first coat of paint nor do I have any pics that detail the sanding portion of this project.  What I can tell you is that how many coats you apply depends on how you want your finished piece to look.  For this item, I wanted a shabby chic look, very weathered and delicate.  One coat did the trick and please note, the paint color I chose for this project is called Peony by Glidden (scroll down to get the link!).  After that coat was completely dry, I began sanding.  My advice is to follow the curves and edges of the item and be sure to give attention to how the piece would naturally age and distress.  And of course, be sure to give the item a good wipe-down when your sanding is complete. Last, but not least, I applied one coat of polyurethane to give the surface a clean, smooth finish. 

It may seem a little daunting to follow a series of steps just to end up intentionally "messing up" the painted piece, however if you are a fan of the distressed look or want to incorporate a bit of shabby chic into your home decor, it really can be a quick and easy way to change things up without spending lots of money. 

This project can be completed using simple items purchased at any local hardware store: sand paper, paint and brushes.  Learn more about the brand of paint I chose here.

And of course, feel free to send your questions my way, whether in the comments section of this blog, or via my Facebook or Pinterest.

Happy Weekend Everyone~

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