How I Achieve the Look

1.20.2011

Now, when I start a paint project I usually don't even know exactly what I am going to do to the piece. Kind of like an artist that looks at a canvas and then they just start painting as it comes to them. Sometimes I start painting a piece one color and then totally change it.

Several of you were very close at guessing how many colors I used on this mirror frame.
I used three paints and glaze.
If you want to see the original post go here.


First thing I did was lightly sand the whole surface to take the shine off and then wiped it all down.
Then I had to fill all these little holes down each side with wood putty and let that dry. After they were dry I sanded the sides smooth.



This is all my stuff.


I was bad and did not take a picture of the first coat which was just the white. I used Ivorie by Sherwin Williams. Then I used the silver mist by SW and just took a sponge brush and swiped it on it spots over the white. You are not trying to be neat. Just slap it on.


This photo may show the silver mist better. After this was dry I then used Benjamin Moore paint
in Georgian green and did the same thing as the gray color and brushed it on in spots. I am bad and did not take a picture of the green step, but it was the same as the gray (silver mist).


Here you can see the green that I brushed on and you can see the spots of gray. After I got through adding the green it was looking too solid so I took a little of the ivorie paint and mixed it with water and dipped my brush in and dabbed it on a paper towel and dry brushed a thin coat of the ivorie  over the surface in a few places and that helped it look better. You just have to keep stepping back and looking to see if you need add any more or if it has the look you want. There is no right or wrong way to do this, but this will give you an idea of how I achieve this look.


Here it shows how I sanded to the original finish to give it that worn look. Just choose spots here and there and sand.


Next I used Valspar Translucent glaze in Mocha and brushed it on with a foam brush and get it in all the cracks and crevices and take a damp rag to wipe it off. Most of the glaze will stay in the crevices and on the sanded edges as you can see in this photo. If you take off too much just do it again.



Let this dry over night and then you can use minwax finishing paste in natural or you can use a polyurethane. I used the paste and you just rub it on with a soft cloth and let it dry for a few minutes and buff with a soft cloth till it shines.

Items used:
Ivorie paint by Sherwin Williams in satin finish
Silver mist paint by Sherwin Williams in satin finish
Georgian green paint by Benjamin Moore in semi gloss
Valspar Translucent Glaze in mocha
sandpaper, one medium grit and one fine grit
rags and brushes
minwax paste wax in natural

If you have any questions just shoot them at me.
Have a wonderful weekend!

KIM

Linking to the following:
My Romantic Home for show and tell Friday
French Country Cottage for feathered nest Friday
Southern in my Heart for inspiration Fridays
Miss Mustard Seed for furniture Friday
Room Remix the blog for paint party 1-28-11
Stories of A 2 Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

56 comments:

  1. Looks great! Love your technique. I have a mirror I just moved and will have to repaint. I'm going to keep this in mind.

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  2. It turned out beautiful. I just bought a mirror from a thrift shop today that I might have to try this on. Just gotta figure out where I'm gonna put it. :)

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  3. Look great Kim! I know there is no right or wrong way and is truly a work "in progress" and you are painting away! Can wait to see the rest of the room.... Tammy

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  4. At first I did not see the green but now I do. It is lovely. Thanks for your tip I realise the print is too high♥

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  5. Love how your mirror looks, Kimmie! Oh, you're good. I said that before haven't I? But you really are! You just know how to refinish things so well!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  6. Hi Kim-

    You have the painter's touch! Everything you paint always comes out wonderful. This mirror not only looks updated, but adds so much style and interest to your room now.
    My best- Diane

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  7. What a great lesson on how to make that beautiful finish. I've book marked it in case I find something to refinish. Take care.

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  8. It turned out great, Kim. So, you didn't remove the mirror first though? Did you just razor blade the paint off afterwards or did it just scrub off? I have always taken the mirror out first for fear of damaging it. Diana

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  9. Very pretty! The only thing I really have trouble with is the sanding part. It takes a lot of guts to do that part, but always looks so good!

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  10. That is so pretty, my kitchen cabinets would love wonderful like that!

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  11. You are an artist! There's nothing "kinda" about it!

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  12. Your paint treatments are so fabulous. Love the way you mix the colors and then antique a piece. Beautiful mirror. Your tutorial was great also. Thanks also for your input on the guest bedroom. I am really beginning to get excited about doing something. Hugs, Marty

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  13. Fantastic. I cracked up at the statement you don't know what you are going to do until it starts happening...I hear ya. It always turns out great Kim!

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  14. I am so impressed! You took that mirror from "boring to better!" More than better though. Fantastic!

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  15. You are like me, I get so into a project I forget the picture taking part. Get's me so mad when I don't have every little step to show. Great tutorial though. I'm getting some of that glaze this weekend.

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  16. What a lovely finish! Isn't it fun to play with paint?!!

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  17. I have been waiting for this tutorial. Just beautiful!
    Yvonne

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  18. Kim, this is GORGEOUS! I love the finish...that green is perfect! LOVE IT!!

    Thank you for the tutorial!!

    Lou Cinda

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  19. The mirror looks so nice Kim, I have the paint to do my hutch but haven't even started yet, just a little nervous to do it I guess:)

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  20. Hi Kim! I was staring at a piece of furniture in my house this week and though, "Kim would know just what to do with this!" :-) I love the mirror and always appreciate you sharing your techniques!
    Vanessa

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  21. Kim,

    I am very inpressed, and as I adore mirrors, I really love yours!!

    Tutorials are so great because the added steps make all the difference.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  22. Hi Kim, Your guest room mirror turned out beautifully! I really appreciate the painting technique tutorial. I am now inspired to try this out on a few small pieces I have around the house that need alittle "lift"! ~Susie

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  23. Kim, I know I've said this before, but I'm in awe that you can paint these beautiful finishes on just anything. You make it all look and sound so easy. I'm sure it isn't.
    Thanks for sharing these projects. You are full of inspiration. ~ sarah

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  24. You have inspired me to be more creative, I am going to give it a try, It is perfect!

    Carol

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  25. You have a true talent! Just beautiful!

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  26. Your mirror looks great! I love those projects you can't mess up. I'll look forward to see more of your room as you get it finished.

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  27. Thanks for sharing this terrific technique.

    Please stop by when you can for my giveaway!

    Honey

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  28. Love your artsy approach! And the result is incredible!!!

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  29. This is gorgeous work!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  30. Kim, thank you so much for the great tutorial. You make it look so easy but I'm not so sure! Regardless, you've inspired me!

    I have a bench I'd like to try this on but the bench needs upholstry work done. Do you recommend the painting process pre or post getting new upholstry?

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  31. I've come to the conclusion you must draw or paint...even if you don't consider yourself proficient at it. You have quite an artistic touch with everything you do.

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  32. Great tutorial, Kim. I really like the end result and can't wait to see the room in its entirety.
    CAS

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  33. Oh, Kim! You ALMOST give me the courage to tackle the HUGE welch dresser in my dining room. ALMOST!

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  34. This is just so gorgeous - I think it's my favorite paint job yet of yours - I have zero patience for this kind of thing. Zero. And boy do I make a mess with paint. I think it's the cleanup that deters me.

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  35. I'm still in LOVE with this paint job! It looks SO great! Still can't believe you did it on your kitchen table! :) Mine would have been ruined ... Such a messy painter!

    - Lauren

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  36. This mirror looks as good as any in all of the blogs or stores I have seen. I love how it came out!

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  37. Beautiful, Kim! It really looks lovely on the wall~ thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  38. What a beautiful transformation! Love, love the rustic look you achieved here.

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  39. This turned out great Kim, Love the colors:)

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  40. the finish turned out great! You are so talented Kim. Wonderful job!

    joan

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  41. Very pretty finished product! Looks just lovely in your home.
    Cindy

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  42. Your mirror looks great. Wonderful aged look. Thanks so much for showing us how you did it.

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  43. This is an amazing finish Kim~ I just love the layers and the distressing and how it all came out so perfect. You really are great at refinishing and getting that look we all love!! Thanks for sharing this at my party this week! :)

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  44. I was wondering if the green used here is the same lovely green in the room?

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  45. Jenny, the color on the walls is dill weed by BM and the paint on the mirror is Georgian green by BM. Thanks

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  46. The finish on your mirror is just beautiful. Thank you so much on sharing your products and technique!!!

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  47. When I was looking at your bench in the other post, I was wondering how you achieved that beautiful aged finish and now I know! Thank you and thanks again for linking up to the party today.

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  48. I'm stopping over from Room Remix. This is wonderful! I love how it looks so old but isn't. What a great technique! I am so going to start following you. I think I need to go back and read some of your old posts!

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  49. OOOOh! I'm so impressed with this beautiful finish. I'd love to attempt this.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  50. Thank you for all the details! You inspire me. Beautiful work! You should be very proud of yourself.
    Happy Week!!

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  51. Love your technique! Looks beautiful!

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  52. Gorgeous! I love your technique & color choices. My dining room is Georgian Green - I love that color!

    I found you from Stories of A to Z. I'll definitely come back to visit more - I love chippy, too! Can't wait to explore more...

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