Better Late Than Never

I’ve been reading about the wonders of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint on every blog I visit for at least a year now. I finally gave it a whirl and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
I know my strengths and capabilities and let me just assure you that painting is not one of them.  So I started small on this adventure.  This mirror used to hang in the basement bathroom of my old house.  When we moved, I never found the perfect place for it, namely due to it’s too silver finish.

I’ve been drooling over Duck Egg Blue since I first heard mention of the famed chalk paint.  When the Honeybee (a west side must-shop) started carrying the line, I literally bee-lined to the shoppe to make it mine.

And, just three months later, I finally put brush to paint.  One of the fantastic features of the chalk paint is that no sanding or priming is required.  So, I taped off the mirror and set to it.  I didn’t really know what I was doing so I started slow.  I basically dry brushed the color on and then (just by happenstance) used a baby wipe to dab off where I wanted the previous finish to show through.

I let it dry overnight and then went back and gave it a clear wax.  I really worked the wax into the mirror, and then pressed it down and wiped it off with one of the PCP’s socks.  That night I went back over it and buffed it with the sock to a flattering light luster.  Waiting time aside, painting the mirror was a snap.  I’d say it took only about thirty minutes of actual work.

And now my masterpiece (at least in my book…I’m awfully proud of it) hangs in the den.  
It’s safe to say things are going to be turning up duck egg blue all over the place around these parts.
Flattered for the feature at Mrs. Polly Rogers!
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37 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never

  1. Your dark furniture is something that really attracted me to your decor. I loved the beachy colors with the dark wood. My thoughts were/are….her furniture will never be out of style. I think it depends on the piece.

  2. Looks great!! I have painted a dresser, frames, sideboard even some old antlers (with old white) and the stuff is THE best!!!! I haven't found a color I don't like is also addictive :-)

  3. What a gorgeous transformation. This mirror has such pretty bones and you really made it pop.
    Don't you just love ASCP? Duck Egg is popping up all over the place in my home.

  4. Exquisite mirror. I have yet to try ASCP. Your project makes me want to try it right now! I can't purchase locally, so will have to order it, I guess.

  5. I have yet to try it, too! But I keep seeing results that totally tempt me!!! I love the color you chose! Your mirror turned out AWESOME! It'd cost a fortune at a boutique for sure!!! I'm so glad you shared this at my party!!! I'm so excited to be your newest follower!!! I'll be watching for when you try this on furniture and I'll let you know when I give it a try, too!!! Hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend!!!

    XO, Aimee
    Your Newest Bloggy Friend

  6. What a nice transformation- the mirror looks wonderful! ASCP can solve a multitude of problems and issues. I have oodles of projects to get going on, myself. :-) Visiting from French Country Cottage.

  7. Hi,It's Marsha from over at "Everylittlebirdie". I've just purchased the white Annie Sloan paint and I'm going to redo an old Oak table and chairs. Now I may have to go out and buy to Duck blue. Your mirror is gorgeous!!!! Love that blue!!!!

  8. That turned out SO pretty! I have heard everyone talking about that paint too…maybe now I have to go try it like you did! Great project. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  9. I saw your mirror over on House of Turquoise, it is so great! I have been searching for one just like it for several weeks! Any ideas on where I could find one like it? It has the perfect shape…I'd like to know the dimensions. Do any of you ladies know a good place to find Italian-inspired pieces in the same vein as this mirror? Very hard to find in my part of the country. Thank you, and NICE JOB!

  10. L Philips, Unfortunately I've had the mirror for about seven years. I purchased it from the Ballard Designs outlet in Atlanta. They might be a good source for you to look to, even though I'm pretty sure they don't carry this same one. I hope that helps! Amanda

  11. Dixie: How funny is this? One showed up on One Kings Lane today, but painted a gaudy green, almost the exact shape! Thanks for your post because I've been wanting to try the chalk paint and just picked up some "Provence" to try.

  12. Beautiful work! I love the duck egg blue chalk paint! Tell me, though, I can't buy it locally, so I will have to order it, is it more blue or green in color. The swatches on-line look more greenish blue than bluish green. Thanks.

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