Annie Sloan Chalk Paint | Painting Mirrors


If you have been stopping by our shop since we opened three years ago you would know: we are obsessed with vintage mirrors. Our clients take trips to our shop just to see what new pieces we've gotten our hands on. More often than not, we play around with our favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paints to give an extra pizazz to some of our favorite finds. 

What makes Chalk Paint so special? You don't need to do any prep work. Yes, you read right: zero prep on most clean, dry surfaces. These paints are water-based, making it for an easy brush clean up with dish soap and water. What's even better? Annie Sloan, the creator of this wonderful paint formula, has multiple short video tutorials featuring a step by step application process as well as fun techniques. Distressing? Check. Vintage look? Check. Modern? Check. The list goes on and on.
So, here we are: time to spruce up these beautiful mirrors using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre. It's a darkened creamy color that reminds us of our trips to Paris. 


The requisite before photo of our latest finds.


We keep our paint in these wonderful easy to carry and store squeeze bottles. Here's that delicious Old Ochre we're about to use and the clear wax on the right.

Andrea went ahead with a total of two coats of paint and then a coat of Clear Wax. After the paint dried she used Annie Sloan's wax brush for the first application of the wax. This is an important step as it seals the paint and promotes longevity.  After using the brush she switched over to a clean rag to smooth it out. We were going for an imperfect antiquey look.



It isn't necessary to tape the inside of the mirror when applying Chalk Paint. In the clip below, Andrea uses a window cleaning spray and a blade to swiftly remove the excess paint from the glass.

How great are these? You can really see that creamy Old Ochre color standing out and taking us back to Parisian streets and strolls along Le Marais. Croissant au chocolat anyone?

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