Happy first day of spring everyone!!!
Not that it feels much like spring here. It was -12 last night with the wind chill… and snowing. I’m spending a lot of time with my French Caribbean guest room makeover… keeping busy and staying warm. Spring will be here soon… I’m sure.
Here’s a sneak peek of my mirror makeover… it kinds got a drybrushed French Caribbean thing going on. It has the French in the scroll work with the colours of the Caribbean Sea. (At least I hope that’s what it looks like). See how I came up with this theme in my Guest Room Makeover confession post here.
This piece started out as a typical gold framed mirror with great detail and scroll work. You can’t really tell in the picture, but it has old mirror glass that has some imperfections and I just love it that way.
We bought the mirror at an auction years ago for $50. It weighs a ton! I’ve always loved the details of the frame, but the whole gold thing has never really worked for me.
I thought it would be easiest to paint it while it was hanging.
Please keep in mind that I have no idea what I’m doing… and I don’t really have to.
Dry brushing is one of the simplest makeover techniques that anyone… and I mean anyone… can do. You just dip your brush in the paint, dab it off on a paper towel or newspaper, and then go to work. Simple as that!!!
I decided that I wanted to do layers of paint to give the mirror a distressed, but colourful look (because I’m all about colour), so I brushed on a layer of very dark blue paint for the base.
You don’t have to be careful here, just paint it on as thick as you like.
Then I dry brushed on a layer of green, and then a layer of a bright Caribbean blue. All of these paints are ones that I had on hand.
Then the final dry brushed layer of white. What could be easier? You just dry brush until you’re happy with it. There’s no right or wrong here. I should mention that I did let each paint colour dry before adding the next colour.
Here’s the before again…
and the after.
Up close you can really see all the colour variations.
I’ll show it hanging when I do my guest room after post, but I have a lot more to do first. Plus, what it was reflecting in the room was sooo not blog worthy… yet.
My mirror now has that French Caribbean look that I’m happy to say I am totally making up as I go along. I love decorating like this… because everything is even a surprise to me. This is when it’s the most fun… when I’m winging it… but going in a direction that I totally love.
My next guest room makeover project will be coming soon.
Thanks so much for reading!