Who’s the fairest one of all?
Certainly not these two! At least not yet.
A friend gave me these mirrors. She was going to chuck them, but asked if I wanted them first. They actually look nicer in this picture than they really looked in person. They were kind of chunky/heavy looking, plus they have that 80’s finish on them. I figured if nothing else, they would be great fun to practice painting techniques on.
Then I saw this pin, and was inspired.
And as luck would have it, this pinspiration piece was painted in Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue and Old White, with a wash of Coco, all three of which I happened to have on hand. Plus, I’ve been wanting to try using a wash, so here was my chance.
I started with two coats of Louis Blue over everything. As you can see, I never tape off mirrors when I paint the frames. I just have at it, then go back later with a razor blade to remove the paint from the mirror. The sharper the blade, the easier this is to do. I go through a lot of blades, but Mr. Q purchased a package of 200 for me, so I have plenty!
Next I painted Old White around the frame and on the carved details. At this point the colors are far too crisp for my liking. You can also see here that I am not super particular about the lines between the blue and white. I know that later I will be sanding those lines, and adding dark wax in the creases, both of which hide a multitude of sins. So no need to be overly particular at this stage.
Next I mixed equal parts water and Coco to make a wash. The general directions I read about using a wash basically said to paint it on, then wipe some of the wash off with a clean cloth. This was a super messy process. for me anyway. Luckily I was able to do it in the yard, so it didn’t matter that watered down paint was splattering everywhere! Turns out, I’m not so good at this. I think with more practice, I would improve, but honestly I don’t think there will be many washes in my future. It gives a finish that just leans a little too much towards that ‘faux’ look for me.
After the wash dried, I hand sanded the edges and the carved details, then used a coat of clear wax followed by some dark wax in the areas I wanted to define further.
So … to recap, this was two coats of Louis Blue, two coats of Old White, wash with Coco, sand, coat of clear wax, coat of dark wax. Phew! That is a lot more steps than I am used to doing. I haven’t even finished the second mirror yet, but I wanted to get some pics for a blog post before I lost the light.
I think they turned out gorgeous. However, I don’t think the wash was worth the effort. I could have gotten just as fabulous an effect with just the dark wax, and I feel like the wax looks a little more natural than a wash.
How about you? Have you ever tried a wash? Are you pro-wash, or anti-wash?