Today I wanted to share a couple of painting tips with you and show you this Ceiling Medallion turned mirror. I planned to show this yesterday, but I just couldn’t get everything together and had a revelation. Who said I had to post Tuesdays and Thursdays, why can’t it be Tuesdays and Fridays? So here we go!
Ceiling Medallion Makeover
I picked this little guy up on my most recent Thrift Store treasure hunt. You may have seen these ceiling medallions at the home improvement center usually near the ceiling fans!
And here it is after a couple of coats of paint.
This was another easy project! I know you can do it, just find a little jewel or check out the home improvement store and get started. Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Provence was a perfect color and for the first coat I added a little white latex paint to make it lighter.
I painted a second coat on the solid areas with Provence right out of the can, so I could leave the ornate area lighter to add dimension to the mirror.
Then a little distressing with sandpaper to bring out the details.
I added a little beveled mirror I found at Hobby Lobby to the center with my favorite glue E6000. Here’s the link!
Ceiling Medallion Mirror Makeover detail
My dear friend gave me these for my birthday last year and I just had to show them off. Have I mentioned I love bunnies!
I like how the distressing lets the darker under tones show through and this was super easy because the piece was already dark!
Finished it off with Annie Sloan Clear Wax to give it that smooth feeling I like and to bring out the richness of the paint.
Let me know what you think!
I thought I’d share a couple of quick and easy painting tips. These may not be new to you, but I find them helpful now that I’m painting more than ever!
Painting Tip #1
Poke a few holes around the rim with an awl or nail, when opening a new can of paint. It will keep your paint can from getting all funky like the can on the left. The picture is a little out of focus, but can you see the hole in the one on the right? I read this tip long ago, but I’m usually impatient and can’t be bothered with stuff like this. But now that I’m painting a lot more, it is well worth the time.
Painting Tip #2
Find a great measuring tool that’s easy to clean. With small projects and always mixing new colors, I needed something that would help me measure without having to pour the paint out of the paint can. I tried plastic spoons but they were too small. This vintage gravy spoon works great! It cleans up easy and makes me feel a little special to be using such a pretty piece.
Painting Tip #3
When using a cheap brush like this one, rub the bristles aggressively in your hand to get any loose fibers out of the brush before you start painting. It will still shed a little but its nice to just throw it out after a few projects without the guilt of ruining a good brush.
Thank you so much for letting me share my finds with you! If you don’t think of yourself as crafty or a DIYer you might be surprised what you can do with a little paint!
Until next time!