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How To Layer Paint With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®




Hello Friends! Painting mirrors are one of my favorite things to refinish. Why? Because I'm not a patient person... They are easy and fast! In a matter of an hour you can get a quick gratification buzz while you watch your transformation from start to finish take shape! If you're lucky enough to come across a mirror riddled with details, layering colors, glazing, or reverse distressing can make the most of those interesting intricacies.

Another fabulous find from an estate sale... here's what we started with! 
We're calling it The Hamilton Mirror

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We selected to layer some bold color for this gorgeous vintage mirror. For this project we painted a base coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue. 


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Then, we dry brushed a layer of Napoleonic Blue mixed with Old Violet. 

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For the edging and detail work we combined Graphite with a small amount of Napoleonic Blue mixed in. 

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Finally, we added a touch of wet distressing to bring the wood tones through. 

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Here are a few tips to make your mirror makeovers go smoothly.

-Before you start painting, try to remove the mirror. Sometimes that involves removing screws, staples, etc. Place your screws in a zip lock baggie to keep you organized and prevent you from losing any of the hardware. Toss the staples, you'll need new ones. ;) If you're lucky enough to be able to pull the mirror paint the underside of the frame around the mirror. It will make the reflection that much nicer. :)

-Depending on the age of the mirror sometimes removing the mirror isn't an option and you'll have to leave the mirror in. No biggie! Some will advise you to tape off your mirror or line the mirror with paper or newspaper. That's too much work for me! I've refinished dozen of mirrors and the best and quickest way I like to work with them is to just paint away. Grab yourself an Exacto blade when you've finished making your magic and scrape away the paint/wax/top coat from your mirror. A simple vacuum hose will pick up the scraping remnants.

-Will you be photographing or reselling your mirror?  Take your mirror outside, photograph it up high or take the mirror out altogether (learned that one from a friend) to photograph your frame. Unless you want your pretty little self in a selfie. ;)

Have a mirror project you'd like to have showcased? Email us.. We'd love to see it!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

36 comments

  1. This blog is something different and interesting... This information is really useful. Thank you so much for the share here

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  2. This mirror is beautiful! Love the color. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share.

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  3. This mirror turned out so pretty!! Thanks for sharing on Merry Mondays!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Angela! Thanks for hosting a fabulous party each week!

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  4. Gorgeous color combo layering Carrie, love the depth it's really a beautiful finish!

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  5. I love the way you combined the paint colors and layered them The mirror looks great.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Debra! Your lovely words means so much!

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  6. You have found your niche here. great job! I love this piece.Thanks for sharing this one at dream create and inspire...as always & being a dedicated party goer! love to have you come over to my place and let me know what you think! Maria..http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Maria! It's always a treat to be able to participate in Dream.Create.Inspire.! Thank you for leaving such a lovely compliment.. you made my day! :)

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  7. Your mirror turned out amazing Carrie! I love the depth of the blue colour. I'd love it if you'd share this amazing project at Vintage Charm, which is all about vintage, repurposing, and upcycling. The party's on right now. I hope to see you there. Tuula

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    1. Hi Tuula! It's nice to "meet" you! I'd love to head over and be a part of your link party. Thanks for the invitation!.. Carrie

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    2. Hey Carrie! Just popping back in to say thanks so much for sharing your fabulous mirror makeover at Vintage Charm.

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  8. Beautiful! I think the color is just gorgeous!

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  9. It looks absolutely gorgeous! Great work :)

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  10. Carrie, popping over from #2usestuesday to thank you for linking up this project with us! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    1. Your comment was duplicated so I tried to deleted one and ended up deleted both. Duh! Thanks so much for stopping by Dee and as always LOVE your party!

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  12. Beautiful! Love the layering of the different blues. You had a great piece to work with--all that detail :) Great job.

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    1. I couldn't believe the sellers wanted to give up all those juicy details in that mirror. It was a lucky find! Thanks, Melanie!

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  13. LOL! Did you make this mirror just for me? My last name is Hamilton and blues are my colors! I love this. The layered colors are so perfect! Love it!!!

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    1. Well if it's a match, it's a match! :) I'm glad I could include you in my furniture, Nikki! You're always such a gracious host. Thank you for stopping by!.. Carrie

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  14. This is gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/03/the-round-up-from-before-after-wednesday-18.html Hope to see you again tonight at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  15. This is gorgeous! Love the blue. Just letting you know I am featuring your mirror tonight on Best of the Weekend. Thanks for linking up!

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  16. Wow! Thank you for sharing our work, Amy!

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  17. You did such a gorgeous job on this mirror! I think your technique really brought out the details and made them shine. Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I chose your Hamilton Mirror as one of my Features for this week's party. Hope you'll stop by, grab a button and link up again :)

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    1. Thank you, Emily! I appreciate it and I'd love to link up again. Have a great week!

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  18. What a beautiful mirror! I would love to find one with this much molding--or else find this molding and make a frame myself! (I went to picture framing school, but this is a different type of frame that would require some different pieces).

    It's lovely!

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    1. Picture framing school sounds interesting! You're right, finding a mirror with this much detail can be hard to come by. Would you believe I paid just $20 for this score!? :)

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