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I’m one of  those Pinterest people. You know the type. Their DIY board is a mile long and they pin to it every day but they’ve never done a single project. I’m also one of those people that will refuse to buy a certain product because “I could totally make that myself.” Sigh. I promise I’m on the path to recovery. I’m going into my new place with a confident, do-it-yourself mindset. And last week I conquered the first furniture makeover for my new place.

So, I’ve become mildly obsessed with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan after a demo here in the office. I used a few colors (Henrietta and Paris Grey, to be exact) and some painter’s tape to completely transform a $10 laminate tripod table I found on Craigslist into a colorful, geometric show-stopper. I don’t want to boast, but she’s stunning. That project opened up Pandora’s box.

Chalk Paint Table Design

My second furniture transformation project happened yesterday on a whim. Two months ago, I fell in love with a gold, ornate floor mirror at one of my favorite antique shops. The owner marked $75 off the price, I loaded her up and drove away feeling like a proud mother. Two of the edges were severely tarnished, so I decided I’d just give it a fresh coat of paint and make it my own. After using the Chalk Paint®, I knew I wanted my mirror to have more of a matte finish and less of a lacquered look, so I used the same Graphite hue that Marianne used on her sheepskin rocking horse. I could only give it one coat of paint before the rain started, but I was able to actually get in all the tiny crevices and remove most of the gold. Today I plan on applying coat number two and a clear wax to finish.

Gold Mirror: Before

Painting a Vintage Mirror

Painting a Vintage Mirror

Wiping Off Dust + Debris

Painting a Vintage Mirror

Applying Painter’s Tape to the Inside Edges

Painting a Vintage Mirror

Materials: Graphite Chalk Paint, Painter’s Tape, Pure Bristle Paintbrush

Painting a Vintage Mirror With Chalk Paint

Mirror After First Coat

Painting a Vintage Mirror

Check back in a few weeks after my move to see the finished mirror in a styled setting AKA my brand-new studio!

Follow along as Kayla makes the transition into an industrial studio apartment. Check out her studio inspiration board here.

8 Responses

  1. kathi says:

    Kayla, I often visit Goodwill for little tables, etc. that I can chalk paint! It is addictive :)

  2. RSS says:

    I love both the table and the mirror. Look great and I'm enjoying the blogs on your studio apartment.

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Thanks, Jenny! And thank you so much for coming by and giving us such a wonderful demo.

  4. [...] (you can even mix or layer the colors to get the perfect shade). Kayla used the two colors for her table project, which took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. All she did was add painters tape, paint and [...]

  5. Dolores Paige says:

    I like both the Mirror and the small side table with the chalk paint. It's graphic and just perfect in your home. I also like the concretefloor and would to see you keep them; maybe you could paint them a fun color & I hope you also keep the pipes exposed.

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Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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