Vintage Mirror Makeover | A Sneak Peek

 >> Annie Sloan Mirror Makeover <<

Remember my Thrifty Finds post awhile back?
Today’s mirror was one of those fabulous finds.
All for the ridiculous price of $4.00  Holla!
I’ll show you some of the steps to my transformation and visit with me tomorrow
to find where it found it’s new home.  Let’s take a quick peek.

My Supplies:  
Painters Tape, Annie Sloan Paint, Brown Acrylic Paint,
Paint Brush, Old Rags, and Annie Sloan Soft Wax
After taping and covering the edges of the mirror, we’re ready to paint.
I decided to paint my mirror with Annie Sloan Paint in Provence.
It’s a lovely blue! Wouldn’t you agree?  Still unsure?  You’ll see {smile}.
What I {love} about this paint is no sanding, no priming — just painting.  Sah-weet!
I applied two coats to ensure full coverage. I then wanted to give it a slight stain look in spots.
I thought I would try using a distressed ink pad I had  and apply with a makeup sponge.
It was a big fat fail.  It looked GREAT going on, but absorbed right into the paint.
Sooooo, I moved on to my backup plan that I’ve used on several occasions,
watered down Brown Acrylic Paint.   Works perfectly every time!
Looks great… just what I was wanting!  Yay!
To seal the deal, I used my Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax.
Done.  Here it is completed, with my husband being a dork :)
Visit my Mirror, Mirror on the Guest Room Wall post to see its use in my home!


  1. says

    Super cute! I have 2 bookshelves I want to paint a color a bit darker than that and then distress them! Such a laundry list of ideas and so little time!!

    • says

      Hi Kelly! Thanks for loving on my project… I’m with you on the laundry list of ideas. So much to do with so little time!! Have a fabulous end to your week :)

  2. Maureen says

    I still haven’t tried this paint. Can you use it on anything without sanding or priming? That mirrors gorgeous now, can’t wait to see where you hang it. The color is divine!

    • says

      Hi Maureen!! No sanding or priming needed with this paint. Sweet, right? Thanks so much for loving on my mirror. She’s a beauty!! Hugs.

  3. says

    I love how your mirror turned out, and the fail is something I experience often as I create and experiment. I love the photos, thank you for sharing!

    Hugs, Tanya :)

    • says

      Hi Tanya!! Thanks so much for stopping by…. yeah those fails are where we live and learn, right? I like to experiment, so it comes with the territory :) Have a fabulous day. xo.

    • says

      Yes, Debbie — you must try the Provence. It’s such a fabulous color and I’m sure you have just the right piece to use it on :) Have a fabulous day!

  4. says

    I have an old vintage mirror that I picked up from a “side of the road” table and haven’t decided what I want to do with it but I had been contemplating painting it a turquoise color and seeing how awesome yours is, I’m definitely going that route =) Now I just need to figure out how to hang mine because (although it’s only about 3 ft. tall and 1.5 ft. wide) it is HEAVY! Oh, and I’m definitely going to have to try watered down brown acrylic! Why have I not thought about that?!?! Do you just half it with water or put way more than that? Once again, it’s beautiful.

    • says

      YAY! How exciting! For watering down the paint, I actually I wet my rag then dab it into a little paint — that’s how I water mine down :) GOOD LUCK. I’m sure it will be gorgeous. Hugs!

  5. says

    It looks wonderful!! Great job on the mirror, and the tip on watered down acrylic paint…thanks for that!
    Saw you at Tuesday’s Treasures
    Debbie :)

  6. says

    I didn’t know you could do that with acrylic paint! Apparently I do live under a rock. That color is GORGEOUS!! It came out perfectly and I would like you to come make one for me 😉 I want to paint and distress something so bad but I’m so afraid to! I’m the worst painter ever! I’ll be pinning this for when I decide to finally attempt it! If you’re up for a little {when I say little, I mean little!} party, I’d love for you to stop by and link up to my Throwback Thursday link party.

  7. says

    Kelly!! I’ve been DYING to try Annie Sloan paint.. I need to find it!!! Thanks for taking the time of mentioning each step. I’ve noticed that people haven’t been mentioning the end ”wax” step!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)

  8. says

    HaHa-good to know about that distressing ink! I would totally have tried that too. It looks so great now though:)Thanks for linking up at Get Schooled Saturday:)

  9. says

    Wow. Your mirror turned out fabulously. I am glad you shared your version of a “fail” though. It’s nice to know I am not the only one who has to struggle for recovery sometimes :)

    Thanks for linking this up to last week’s Show and Tell at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni


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