Whitewashing Painted Wood Mirror
Whitewashing painted wood is so simple and takes your project to the next level!
Hello beautiful friends!
I hope you are having an amazing week so far. Can you believe we finally got some fall temps (50s and 60s) and this week we are back to 70’s and even 80’s. So weird but normal for around here. And I am NOT complaining because although I do love cool, crisp fall days, I despise winter. lol
Plus it means we might get to enjoy this porch makeover before it gets too cold after all.
Which brings me to today’s makeover.
This mirror which I believe I found on one of Christy and my thrifting trips. I looked for it in our videos but could not find it. Maybe you can?
Check out our videos here. Or I could just be loosing my mind. Which is totally possible at this point!! haha
Anyway, here she is…
It’s been hanging out in my garage for a while and I thought it was high time I gave it a makoever.
And I wanted a mirror for the screened porch so win-win. ;)
Whitewashing Painted Wood Mirror
This project is pretty similar to other whitewashing I’ve done but I did it a little different this time.
I began by cleaning it up. It was pretty dirty from being down in the garage for a couple years or so.
Then I painted it with Sea Glass by Dixie Belle.
I love Dixie Belle and thought you might like to check out my friend Christy’s latest post. (if you love it too…it’s a great resource for you)
You can find it here.
Okay, so here it is with a coat of Sea Glass. I wasn’t too concerned about coverage since I was going for a very relaxed look but it covered quite well.
Once it was completely dry I took a soft rag, ran it under water and wrung it out. Then I dipped it into white paint (I used Linen Chalked Paint) and rubbed it all over the blue paint.
Since I started with a damp rag the paint applied very sparse looking.
I immediately went back with a clean rag and started wiping some away.
This gave it a literal “washed” effect. It was white…but some of the paint got washed away.
Once it was dry I gave it a coat of poly. (I used this one)
And out to the screened porch it went.
And yes, I am trying to keep the arched shelf I just gave a makeover to. We’ll see.
Close ups of this super simple whitewashing painted wood…
And styled a bit better inside…
I had to share my new lamp.
Remember I broke the other one that sat here last week?
Look familiar? lol
I managed to find the same lamp but in silver instead of gold and with a tan linen shade instead of white.
I’m liking it okay but I really like my gold and white better. But it’s growing on me.
Have an old gold mirror (or any color) that needs a new look? A little refresh?
Give it some paint and some whitewashing. OR paint it and give it a little patina like I did the one in the picture with my old lamp.
You can find that project here.
I actually took that one down to the beach with me. Trying to find a place for it there because I love it. Hoping I can!
PIN it to save it!
Have a blessed and safe weekend, friends! Come say hi over on Instagram this weekend as we continue our condo remodel.
This mirror is beautiful! I have wanted to learn how to whitewash, I love the look of the Seaglass and white together!
Thank you, Maryellen! :) xo
Nancy for the win! The mirror looks so soft and beachy. Thanks for the great tutorial.
I hope you grow to really like the new lamp, it is pretty. :)
Have fun at the beach whenever you go!
Aw, thanks! Yes, it is very beachy looking! xoxo
The old gold was certainly dated, the makeover brought the mirror to life. Absolutely beautiful, love the choice of color. You as well have a wonderful weekend.
Yes, it sure was! Thank you and I hope you had a wonderful weekend, Christina! xo
It looks so pretty now!! I love Sea Glass and it looks so pretty as a base for the whitewash! I remember that one…it was $4? I think it was the trip where I found that ugly round wood mirror that I made over lol. And thanks for the shout-out, my dear friend! XOXO
Thank you, Christy! Sea Glass is my favorite of DB, I think! And yes, that sounds right! :) xo
Great job! Love the technique of wiping off the paint. Can’t believe you found the lamp! Did you try the white shade in place of the beige? Enjoy your weekend!
I know, it’s been several years since I bought that lamp! I couldn’t believe they had one sitting all by its lonesome at TJ Maxx. It’s like it was there waiting for me. ;) I didn’t because the bars are gold but I may paint them and give it a go. BUT…this shade is growing on me now! lol xo
The mirror is so pretty! Have you thought about spray painting the lamp gold? I think it would look good with the tan shade….
Thank you, Audra! I did but I can’t get to the inside part and since it’s glass it will show. I think it has grown on me now and change is good, right? ;) xo
I love the updated look. Sea Glass and the Linen white wash are a great combination!. Thanks for sharing the technique you used. It looks fabulous on your porch or over the chest. I really like that the technique, to me, gave this mirror more depth and charm. I even checked out the touch of gold on a similar mirror you posted in February. However, I think this would be my favorite. Enjoy your weekend.
Thanks, Sue! That Sea Glass is such a pretty color. And it’s such an easy technique. You absolutely can not mess it up! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. xoxo
it looks great Nancy! i love the whitewashed look over the sea glass – so coastal!
Thank you, Gwen! :) xo
Good Thursday afternoon, Nancy
I love the mirror with the white wash…the colors go so well together. It has that coastal vib and with the added picture attached to it, it gives a added element. Love your blog and the DIYs that you do as well as the inspiration that you give to your readers.
Thank you and Happy Fall.
Thank you! And I am so happy to hear that you enjoy my blog and it inspires you. That is the best compliment I could ever ask for! I hope to inspire every day. xoxo
Thanks, Lizzy!! Hope you had a great weekend. (love your new picture! :D) xo
I love the new look. I would use it to frame something as not big on mirrors.
Thanks, Rose! Oh yes, you could absolutely do that too. The frames around these old mirrors are so beautiful. xo
That’s a great technique, Nancy! I will definitely have to try it! The mirror looks wonderful!
As far as your lamp goes…. I noticed it and thought maybe this is an older post… but nope, it is current. I did not notice, however, the differences. But here’s my point… you like the gold better than the silver (I do, too!) and the white shade more than the linen (I’m with you on that too!). I’m surprised you haven’t given that silver a gold treatment and bought a white shade! I suspect it won’t be long before we see a few changes to that lamp!! LOL! xo
Yes, do, Karen! You absolutely can not mess this technique up. SO easy!
I still have the white shade from the other lamp but the bars inside are gold. I may paint them and give it a go. I can’t really paint the lamp since it’s glass and the bar inside is silver (I can’t get to that) BUT it’s growing on me as-is so I will probably leave well enough alone!! lol xo
Beautiful! Do you think you could possibly please share any suggestions with me how to redo a brown rattan lamp shade, inside is brown cloth? Ty so much! Blessings!
Thank you, Lily! Can you send me a photo of it? Just send to my email at nancy (at) artsychicksrule (dot) com
Love this mirror. You know, it would look great in the beach condo. Just sayin. So good to hear you found another lamp. It looks great…think of it as a “refresh”! LOL. Happy end of the month. Can you believe October is almost gone?
Yes, it would!! haha But darn, that condo is small and I have a whole stack of things I might have to bring back already. ;) And yes, refresh it is. I’m loving the new lamp for a change. No, I absolutely can not believe it. This fall is flying by, Christmas will be here before we know it! Ack! I’m not ready yet. xo
I really love what you’ve done with the frame! I actually prefer to use a rag for whitewashing like that, it just seems easier to me. Looks very nice and I love where you put it! As for the lamp, I know I’ve seen that lamp in the gold and white and I’m thinking it was at Wayfair but let me look around a bit and I’ll find it for you. The lamps are all on sale right now too!
Thanks, Shirley!! I agree, it’s much easier to control for sure. And oh, you are sweet! Thank you! :)