My mum bought me a mirror a few years ago from an auction. She loves auctions. Like really loves them. Her time is I think spent equally between sailing, playing bowls, making cakes and going to auctions. It's no bad thing as she's always picking up bits for me. And this mirror was in one of her first auction 'hauls'. I've had it for years now, as it sat on the mantelpiece in our old living room in it's old gold and black form looking quite nice against the purple wall. But I always felt that it wasn't very 'me', I much prefer silver things and I know some of you might think it sacrilege to paint it, but it's not my taste so I am doing it!
There are only 2 shops in Sheffield that sell Annie Sloan one never appears to be open so I went to Martha's Heritage (and for anyone local they were super helpful. They have all the paint colours on different surfaces for you to see and handy tips!). After much deliberating, looking at the various bits of furniture, wood chips and sections of wall painted in the stuff, I went with French Linen. The mirror is desined for the Dining Room which will after it's many layers of white paint onto the textured pink wallpaper, and it's wooden furniture, I'm hoping will be a quite neutral, tactile space one day and it seemed like a shade that would fit. I quite fancy having a none waxed finish (for now) so just bought the paint, but this might change!I'm not going to do a step by step because masking taping the edges and painting a mirror is not rocket science but here are some pictures of the mirror in it's stages of painting and a few observations.
The boy in the shop told me to water the paint down in a jam jar, shake well, and do a few coats rather than one thick one. I took his advice because, well, they sell the paint and have a shop of furniture covered in the stuff so I figured they would no best.
The paint brush I used was not an Annie Sloan branded one. For my sins it wasn't even a good one, just a smallish one I found in a pot of paint brushes my dad gave us. In the future I'll be using something better to paint with as the bristles were really coarse and it splattered everywhere! If I decide to paint the wardrobes I'll buy an actual Annie Sloan brush I think as the shop told me they hold the paint better.
So, here are the pictures after one coat of paint. It gave a pretty good coverage but seemed to pool in the details areas, and as it dried I noticed a few bits of gold peeping through. Also, because of the crappy paint brush it splattered loads on to the actual mirror surface. Luckily for me, it scratches off easily with my nail though.
And here you go, 2 coats all over!