French Country Chic Mirror

Extras Are the Coolest

Sometime last year, the hubba bubba and I decided we needed a new media center for our living room. We went directly to the online ads and resell apps to find the perfect piece to repurpose. It didn’t take long for us to find a vintage dresser with a mirror for a very affordable price. It perfectly met our criteria and suited the needs that we had in mind.


The dresser that we purchased to convert just happened to be the type that came with a mirror attached on a metal stand. We oohed and aahed over the uniqueness of the mirror for a short time before we stuck a screwdriver to it. After we removed it, we set it to the side in the shop and kinda forgot about it.

Makeover for the Forgotten One

Then, a few weeks ago, we decided that now was her time to come back to life and shine in the 21st century. At first, we thought we wanted to do a metallic look. Thankfully, our better judgment took over… which means I told the mister no more gold! Lol! I was thinking French Shabby, and I won the debate. Yay me!

A while back, I painted a piece in Country Chic Paint’s All-in-One Decor Paint in Vanilla Frosting (see it here) . I absolutely fell in love with the warm, creamy French-country attitude of this color! I wanted to paint everything in Vanilla Frosting! And Vanilla Frosting was going to make this old mirror the new star of the show. After prepping her and painting her with a first coat of light gray, this mirror was ready for her pretty new dress.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

After two coats of beautiful Vanilla Frosting, I was ready to make this mirror really show off her details. I used 180 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the inside of the concave part and swirly details of frame. This allowed for some of the pale gray undercoat to peep through. For some of the outer edges, corners, and the top scallop, I went down to the original surface to add some depth and character.


All in all, I am quite happy that I used my better judgment (wink, wink) to go with a shabby, lightly distressed theme for this mirror. Vanilla Frosting was the perfect color fit to achieve the look I wanted. And of course, Country Chic Paint’s All-in-One Décor Paint never fails to give me great results! I am one satisfied furniture artist!


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