This is the post where I get to revisit one of my previous projects and mess with it because sometimes I'm just not happy with the first time around. I wanted to add a Farmhouse Chippy look to this mirror. So here we are with the mirror makeover project: Take Two!
In all fairness I should say that this project which you see below was my first time using milk paint. I knew nothing about how to use milk paint or how it would react. Of course that didn't stop me from trying it out.
Below you can see how it looked originally. My husband had found it curbside and knew I'd love it. Well he was absolutely right! I painted it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint, the Safepaint version.
One year later and the mirror looks like this. But now my knowledge of milk paint had improved. After all I had done quite a number of projects using it such as the bookcases, the Ikea shelving unit and the chalkboard stand. I have come to love how beautiful it looks and really appreciate the how smooth it is when treated with care.
I wanted to revisit the mirror and redo it with my newfound skills. But not being one to leave things alone, this time I decided to use the original Old Fashioned Milk Paint - the one that gives us the chippy look. You see in the other projects I mention I had used the SafePaint version which does not chip.
And what is the difference you ask?
The original milk paint was designed for use on porous surfaces such as wood or masonry. The one that I had used up till now the Safepaint version, was for non-porous surfaces. It can also be used on metal, like when I painted a metal trunk, two of them! The bonding agent is what makes this paint stick to the non-porous surfaces.
What I Used:
And so I was feeling rebellious now and used the original formula of Old Fashioned Milk Paint without the bonding agent. I wanted to go for some chippy goodness. I also used another color. This is snow white which is a bit warmer from the oyster white I had used originally.
The How To:
I mixed up my snow white with equal parts luckwarm water and painted the mirror. I added about three coats of the milk paint.
And then I waited...
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After an hour it dried into this chippy goodness you see below...
At first I was excited but then I realized that if I blew on it the paint would all come off and I'd be left with ... a mess.
You can see how quickly things got out of hand with this photo below. Half of the paint was chipping off. It was right here that I went into panic mode and reached out to the experts in the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Q & A Group. You can also join us on Facebook with any questions you have.
It turns out I was getting excessive chipping because I had applied a wax to this mirror a year ago and the wax was not allowing the paint to stick.
Some suggested I strip the old paint and start fresh. But I was not about to go outside in the cold and try to sand anything down. So I did what any lazy, sane person would do! I added Extra Bond to the original milk paint. Yes you can buy the bonding agent separately. (You can see my affiliate links for all these products below)
Whew! Lucky for me I had a bottle. I had no idea when I had bought it a year ago that I'd be needing it but you see sometimes the old noodle thinks ahead.
I painted about two coats of the milk paint with the bonding agent, on top of the mess after I had wiped it down and removed the chipping paint.
After letting it dry overnight, I sanded it down and added a bit of distressing on the edges.
And the last step ... to give it even more layers. I added my trusty Daddy Vans All Natural decorative wax, this time in Cafe Nior. You can see the difference below.
After a good buffing with a clean piece of cloth it was all done. See the pretty shine?
Just look at all that aging and those layers of paint and distress. Why it looks like it's been around forever...
...but in a good way!
See the layers and the peeling? I tell you, I hated this look when I first started blogging but now I think that the mirror is speaking to me!
And what's it saying?
"Thank you for letting my personality shine through." Of course!
It is so much better than it was with the brown wood.
Let's have a quick look at the before so we can truly appreciate the difference. My first attempt when I knew not what I was doing...
And now a warmer look, more layers and much more depth.
This look is not for everyone but the bonding agent did save the day for me. And it is a piece that is unique in and of itself so it deserves special treatment.
The lesson here is that even thought I had no idea what the heck I was doing a year ago I still went ahead and tackled this project to the best of my limited abilities. And now that I've become more familiar with Old Fashioned Milk Paint, I came back to the mirror makeover project, because I knew I could do better, especially with a little help from my friends!
So don't be afraid to try new things. Even if you mess up, like I did, you are only one chat away from help. :)
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