Sunday, 24 May 2015


I have a wall of mirrors, a collection of old and new, and I suspect one of them was once a set of three on the back of a dressing table as there are two small holes each side of the frame.  I don't remember where I got it from but for years it has waited to be hung and loved.  As it fitted the space well we put it up but I have never liked the frame and always planned to do something with it.

So when this months design team called for Shabby Chic I decided to take it down.  First I filled the holes on the side with Grunge Paste, then put masking tape round the edge of the glass to make painting easier.   I applied a coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic in Limelight to the frame, I chose this colour as I wanted to tie it in with the décor in the hall and to give it a contemporary edge.  Then I added a coat of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, before adding a top coat of Fresco Finish in a contrasting colour.

And here is the finished effect.  You can see the green walls in the hall and I think it works well.  The frame is subtle but more interesting than it was before.  Sometimes less is more.

I need to live with it for a bit before I decide whether I will do any more to it.  Then I will give it a coat of DecorArt Matt Medium to seal and protect it.  Thanks for popping by!
Materials for this project are available from That Craft Place
and other Shabby Chic DT projects can be seen here.


  1. It looks really good. I like the subtle pop of green (can a pop be subtle? I think so..)

  2. I love the finished effect and will need to remember about using crackle glaze and bright colors underneath for my own finished projects!

  3. I love this! Love the unusual, but brilliant choice of green! xx

  4. Looks good. I used crackle paint to transform an old picture frame once and was very pleased with the results. I like making old things look new again - even if the "new" is distressed as old.

  5. That is a gorgeous technique Sandie, love the subtle hint of colour. If someone showed me lime green paint I'd run for the hills but it looks really nice as a focal wall with all the white, & lightly picked up by your fantastic mirror frame.

  6. Really pretty colours and goes beautifully in your lovely hall xxx

  7. That crackle effect is wonderful! You are really using your skills in lots of different directions.


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