Hi there! I hope you enjoyed your weekend 🙂 I reclaimed some of my life back after launching my ebook last Wednesday, finalizing projects for a magazine on Tuesday, and setting up for my big craft fair the previous Tuesday.
It was a crazy October, I’ll tell you that. I still managed to complete a few projects, including painting a vintage mirror, which means I can post my foyer reveal with chalk painted furniture today.
In my five years of blogging, I’ve not taken many pictures of my foyer because it’s never been a favorite part of my home.
The Heavy Old Oak Dresser
When we moved in over ten years ago, this old oak dresser sort of landed there by default. [This is the last photo I ever took of it, back in 2015.]
In it’s day it was a nice piece, but it belongs in a bedroom, more than a foyer. I gifted it to friends who couldn’t be happier with it.
The Made Over Foyer Side Table
Last month I took the first step toward redecorating and gave an old side table a face-lift with some homemade chalk paint. Here’s the handsome result. For that post I made a video on how to make your own chalk paint:
Homemade Chalk Paint
1 tablespoon of unsanded grout
1 1/2 tablespoons of water
1 cup of latex paint
The Drab Vintage Mirror
I found the mirror languishing in my garage, right where I left it after paying $5 for it at a garage sale–who knows how many years ago, LOL. The finish reveals that it likely dates to about the 1930’s-40’s when this maple finish was popular.
What I anticipated to be a SUPER SIMPLE project turned into a merely SIMPLE project. I discovered that once I started distressing the coat of “greig” homemade chalk paint I’d applied, the finish was not dark enough to show through.
My solution? To paint over the first coat of “grieg” with medium brown chalk paint.
Over the brown went a top coat of the greig, which when lightly distressed with a sanding block, revealed the brown underneath nicely. This distressing then matched the distressing on the side table, so the two pieces look like they were meant for each other.
I finished it off with a coat of clear paste wax that I allowed to dry for 10-15 minutes and then buffed out with some cheese cloth.
Adding a coat of brown chalk paint (or any brown paint) to a piece that has a light wood finish will allow your distressing to have a more dramatic effect.
You can do this with completely unfinished wood, like I did a while back with a craft project involving raw wood bread boards.
Even with the precaution of frog tape, some the paint snuck onto the mirror and had to be scraped off with my handy widget.
The Made Over Foyer Mirror
It fits the space nicely and matches the table beneath it perfectly.
The new look confirmed what I had been thinking, that the space desparately needed something lighter and more modern looking. Don’t you think? Almost everything on the table top came from a garage or estate sale, except for the beautious faux hydrangea.
The Foyer Reveal
I couldn’t be happier with the results, and it pleases me to no end that to give my foyer a makeover, I simply had to shop my garage.
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