Hello amazing friends! Today I’m sharing how to cheat a distressed look, and I’m using this huge mirror I found at the thrift store to share how to do that:
This is a super easy way to cheat a distressed look!
I picked up this mirror while thrifting with my sister. It was $34.95 originally, but she got a military discount so we got it for $28. The finish is not my taste at all, but I loved all those details!
And then on the day I was photographing my Winter Haul, it was super windy and this mirror was blown over. Luckily, the mirror did not break, but the frame cracked:
Bummer! I wasn’t looking forward to fixing it, but it didn’t end up being too bad at all. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I removed the mirror and used E6000 glue to fix the frame. I also screwed a metal strip the back of the frame for extra strength.
Then I used Dixie Belle’s Mud in brown to fill in the crack:
When it was dry, I gave it a light sanding. Then I painted the frame in two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
As you can see, I used a round brush to paint in those details. This one was kind of small, but did the job easier than a flat brush would have. (UPDATE: A larger one like our new Best Dang Brush would be ideal for this!!) It just makes painting those details much easier. I used it on the straight areas of this frame as well.
I also turned it over and painted the back all around the inside edge of the frame so the mirror would reflect white instead of the original brown.
Looking better already!
How to Cheat a distressed look
You can find a block (called a layering block on Amazon) made by Folkart HERE, but I just made my own with a wooden knob and a block of wood.
When I tested a small area with sandpaper to see how this mirror would distress, I was getting a light tan/white color when I sanded. I was hoping the original dark brown would show through. That is usually the case for wood pieces, but not with pieces like this mirror.
So, instead of sanding, I pulled out my distressing block. I just poured a little paint onto my block and then wiped most of it back off on the lip of the jar:
It is important to not have too much paint on your block!
Then I hit the raised areas on my mirror:
I ran it along all the edges and anywhere I might see distressing if I were to sand, reapplying paint to my block as needed. You can also gently tap the block anywhere you want it to appear distressed.
This effect is so easy to do!
You can see more on how I cheat distress in this quick video:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
When I got the look I wanted, I waited for the paint to dry and then gave it a coat of Rustoleum clear spray to seal.
I love the Shabby Chic finished look of this mirror!
If you get an area that is too thick or that you just don’t like while using the block, you can just take a damp wash rag and quickly wipe it off. Then you can try again.
My sister thought this mirror was too much, but I knew it had potential. $28 is a steal for this beautiful mirror now!
When I stopped by my booth a few weeks ago, I had a customer ask me if I paint anything just white. I immediately thought of course I do! But actually, I haven’t in a while. When I do, it always sells quickly though so I guess I need to do a few more plain white pieces. They are usually my favorite!
I only have TWO more pieces left in my Winter haul! I didn’t quite make the Spring deadline, but I’m close!
If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can see them below!
All that’s left is a tray and a desk! I’ll be back with my Furniture Fixer upper friends and this desk on Thursday!!
I appreciate every one of you, sweet friends!! Wishing you all good health!
UPDATE: No need to come back! This desk is done and you can see it HERE now!
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