Embellished Mirror for Daughter’s Room

Last week while cruising through the clearance aisle at HomeGoods, I found a gold ornate mirror for only $8. I really needed something for above my daughter’s dresser in her newly stenciled bedroom, and I thought this could be perfect with some minor embellishments!

I got an idea from Elements Interiors blog last week during the week long Summer Blog Party.

First thought I had for this mirror redo was to have it match the stencil color on the bedroom accent wall, so I painted it with my new love, Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Paris Grey.

Once the paint was dry, I distressed the edges with a light grade sand paper. I love how the gold pops through the sanded paint! I removed all of the access dust with a damp towel and cleaned the mirror before the next step.

Next was a trip to Michael’s craft store to purchase some flowers to match the colors in my daughter’s bedroom: greens, blues and rosy pinks. I found a summery garland on clearance for 60% off. Score!

I cut the flowers off the garland with a pair of scissors and laid a couple of them out on the corners of the mirror until I reached my desired composition. Then I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to secure them in place.

Voila! Only 45 minutes later and it’s ready for the bedroom! When I purchased the mirror it already had brass hooks attached to the back so it was super simple to hang.

Total price: $8 for the mirror and $7 for the garland of flowers. I had the paint and glue on hand in my craft closet. Pretty nifty for $15!

So, what do you think? Simple project but it really adds a pop of color to her light blue walls. Now I just want to get some cute sconces for each side of the mirror and I’ll be done!

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Driftwood Table: 1st Project with Chalk Paint

My hubby and I are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary this week. While most ladies ask for jewelry, candy or flowers, I asked for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Yeah, I know… my painting obsession is kinda getting out of hand. It arrived in the mail this week from Di Lucca Design and I couldn’t be more excited to get started on my first project: a driftwood inspired end table. Last week I found this little magazine table at my local St. Vincent de Paul for only $5 that I thought would be perfect for my idea. Now the super awesome thing with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is that you don’t have to do any sanding or priming to your surface. I decided to start by painting the entire table with Paris Grey with my Purdy paintbrush. A few facts about Annie Sloan’s chalk paint: The paint actually dries quite quickly. You might see some brush strokes while applying, but it dries smooth (unless you over brush). The finished result is a milky surface, kind of like chalk (get it?). You can leave the surface as is with just the paint, or you can use a clear wax on top to bring out a bit of a shine, or a dark wax mostly used for an aged look. After painting the entire surface in Paris Grey, I decided to paint just the top of the table in Country Grey for a slight duotone effect. Once the table was fully painted and dry, I distressed using a light grade sandpaper, pretty hard in some areas for a deep aged look and feel. Next I used an old kitchen towel to apply Annie Sloan’s soft dark wax. You can apply this using a brush or cloth, but I opted for the cloth to really rub down deep in some areas. And here is the finished product! Below you can see the difference in the colors of chalk paint I used. Love the subtle difference of the two tones!

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driftwood style magazine holder I have to admit, I love this new paint! It’s so easy to work with and gives me tons of options in design. The only problem is the price. It’s about $35 for a quart, BUT the paint really does last a long time! I painted this end table, a mirror and a baby cradle in the Paris Grey and still have over 3/4 of the quart left!

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I’m in the process of redesigning our extra bedroom into a play room/craft room. I think this new driftwood inspired table will fit perfectly with my new motif as a great accent piece to store design magazines to keep me inspired!