Today, we’re sharing our DIY European Farmhouse Mirror Makeover!
Late last week, I spent way too much time obsessing over paint for the 10-drawer dresser in the master bedroom.
Truthfully, the dresser was in great shape and the color, General Finishes Lamp Black, served us well for many years. But over time the dresser and mirror became difficult to keep clean because it showed every spec of dust, hair and lint.
We live on three acres and while we dust and deep clean nearly every week, the dresser had to be cleaned daily to keep from showing dirt and dust.
Choosing a Fresh Paint Color for the Dresser
My first thought was to paint the dresser in Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint Boxwood which is a beautiful shade of green. But given all the neutrals we have around here, that was no-go as was considered by some “too trendy.”
Just for the record, I think boxwood could totally be a long lasting neutral ?
I quickly pivoted to Fusion Mineral Paint and chose the color Raw Silk which is supposed to be the perfect shade of off-white. But due to all things COVID-19 I literally could not find it anywhere!
Completely bummed, I headed to Lowes and chose an old favorite Valspar’s Quail Egg and had it mixed with Krylon’s Chalky Finish Paint.
While I was there, I picked up some Zinsser 123 primer because I knew both the dresser and the mirror would have to be primed first given the dark color.
From Lamp Black to…
This is after the first coat of primer….
and this is after the second coat.
I can’t even talk about the streaks on the sides.
The next day, I set about painting the 10-drawer dresser in Quail Egg. This is a color I’ve used multiple times and it is considered a warm white.
So, imagine, my surprise when it came out of the can creamy-yellow instead of creamy white.
By the time, I painted 2 coats of Quail Egg on the dresser, I felt like I had been all but beat. S told me to “give it some time.” My Mom said, “It’s probably not that bad.”
But you guys, every time I looked at that dresser it was some weird shade of yellow, green, and gray. And there was no way I could leave it alone.
At 1:26 the following morning, I decided to paint the dresser yet another time in Valspar’s Bistro White. Truthfully, it’s not a huge difference but now it reads more pale gray than pale yellow.
The REALLY weird part about it all, is that the bookcases currently in the living room are also painted in Bistro White, yet the shade looks totally different in that space.
DIY European Farmhouse Mirror Makeover
While I was painting the dresser, I was also having to prime and coordinate the paint for the mirror. I didn’t really have a clear vision for the mirror other than I wanted it to look like I had picked it up at a super cool European flea market.
And I knew the easiest way to achieve that look was with a DIY European farmhouse mirror makeover.
Creating a European Farmhouse Makeover With Paint
Step 1 was to apply a coat of Zinsser 123 primer and allow it to dry completely.
There were so many nooks and crannies because of the appliques.
In step 2, I created a “stain” with Americana Décor Chalky Paint in Restore using 2-parts water and 1-part paint.
I allowed the paint to dry for just a few minutes, then wiped it off with an old t-shirt but you could also use a rag.
Next, I applied a very thin coat of Americana Décor Chalky Paint in Primitive. It settled into all the nooks and crannies nicely as well.
In addition, the brush strokes created an almost woodgrain like finish.
Finally, I put a small amount of Annie Sloan Dark Wax on a wax brush,
and really worked the wax into the paint (like you feel it in your muscles when you’re done ?)
Once the wax was set, I lightly sanded with 220-grit sandpaper and I knew my DIY European farmhouse style mirror makeover was complete!
Truthfully, these are the details that make all that layering worth it…
They seem so small, but they make a huge difference which is probably why they’re my favorite part of painting.
I still need to figure out a way to style the dresser and the DIY European farmhouse mirror. Here are a few ideas I’ve played around with so far but don’t fully love yet…
Whatever we choose I know it’s going to be something relatively simple. Honestly for now, I’m so thankful to have most of the painting for the master bedroom refresh behind me.
Especially, these two tricky pieces!
Let us know if you’ve created a DIY European farmhouse makeover lately!
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