Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aqua makes Everything Better......

Remember this?

Well look at 'er now.....


Isn't it remarkable what a little paint can do?

This is some homemade chalk paint I whipped up
with a bottle of acrylic craft paint and plaster of Paris.
I tinted it to look a hint more greenish aqua, like verdigris.

After painting the entire surface, 
I let it dry for about an hour.
Then, I very carefully wiped the dried paint off 
the raised areas with a moistened rag,
leaving the paint in the deeper areas.


Once that was done, I let the paint bond
for a few hours, then brushed on clear and dark wax.
I even dark-waxed the brass legs.
After buffing, she was ready to show off!
I left the inside bare, so it could be used as a planter.

I always hate to see perfectly good containers littering
the thrift store shelves, just because they're brass.
So if a big ol' brass piece isn't your thing, 
just tone it down with a little paint.

These mirror trays are dime a dozen.

 Before.....

Now look what just a little color accent can do.....
After.....

I painted the outer band and inner band next to the mirror.

Same dark wax and buffing. Voila!
The bottom was covered in worn out purple corduroy,
and if I wasn't prepping it to sell, would've left it alone.
But since I was sprucing her up, 
I figured, why stop at the paint?
So I removed the backing, ripped off the fabric,
applied some vintage wallpaper,
varnished and dark-waxed to go with the paint.
All done!
Easy Peasy....

Linking To:
shabby creek cottage

8 comments:

  1. I hear brass is the new silverplate.

    Love the accent on the mirror -- I have several of those sitting around (they can be found everywhere, can't they?) and they just feel like they need something. Now I know what it is. Thanks Maria!

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  2. it is absolutely amazing what a little bit of paint can do! very pretty, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hey Lovey....!!

    THANKS so much for popping by....I'm glad I'm not the only one allowing time consuming details slow me down.... :o) !!

    You've out done me with this verdigris style painting though....MIND....You've given me an idea or two....**wink**....!! I LOVE how both these pieces turned out....!!!

    I just read your post about DIck Clark & am greatly saddened by his passing....He holds a fond place in my heart having been introduced to him on Aussie TV many MANY years ago....TOO young I reckon....!!

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend won't you....!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah :o)

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  4. clever you!! such a fabulous idea and simply lovely results on both pieces :)

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  5. I have a similar tray and I love how you covered the bottom. Looks great!

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  6. "easy peasy"?? easy for YOU to say! (they are gorgeous btw)

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  7. ... and what is your ratio of acrylic paint to plaster of paris, what kind of brush did you use to apply it with?

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