Makeovers van Gogh collection

New life for a mirror

Cruising through Pinterest looking for inspiration on the backlog of projects I have this morning I came across a gorgeous frame collection for sale on Etsy. It reminded me of the cool ornate mirror I picked up at an estate sale a few months back (my apologies for the cruddy photo)


Not unattractive, but really lacked “life”. The gilding is in decent shape, just kind of dull.

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Enter van Gogh chalk paint collection “Patina”… this color is SO incredible! I just love all the things you can do with it. It’s an amazing neutral with a bit of something for those who are afraid of color and can be combined with so many other colors to really stand out in the crowd too!

I worked in sections so the paint didn’t get too dry. I wanted it to stick but not totally.


No matter how hard I try, I always seem to photograph my feet… Ugh. Anyway, then I took a wet cloth and wiped it back in the raised areas and even in some of the crevices.

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Then I let it dry.

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It’s huge. I have no where I can hang it to show you so I grabbed a wreath hanger and put it up on my front door.. it should give you an idea of how large it is too. I suppose you could hang it width wise as well.. it just isn’t set up for that currently.


Pretty. I don’t really have to wax it since it probably wont get much contact.. I might though, I can’t decide. What are your thoughts?

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    June 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I love it! It looks great like it is. The only thing I might do is put a glaze on top? Maybe something from the furniture makeup.

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      June 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Thanks Amy! I thought about it.. it looks pretty old and way cooler in person. I’m afraid to mess with the paint “slurry” that left such a cool haze. I have another mirror to play with. I may try the FM on that one.

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        July 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        Would look amazing as a centerpiece laid on a dining room table to reflect whatever is put on top. Candles and flowers or as is.

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          July 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

          OOOO, it would, wouldn’t it? It would need to be a long table, but for the right event, it might work out really well! Great idea- thank you!

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    Rebecca @ Shoved to Them
    June 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    It looks great!

    please come fix my house

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    A Pinterest Addict
    June 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    It’s gorgeous! I have a large frame by our front door that could use a little color. I have to figure out what to put in it first – LOL!

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      June 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Paint it first and maybe what to put in it will “come” to you. 🙂

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    June 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Love this! What an unusual favorite kind 😉

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      June 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Thank you! I really like this one and wish I had somewhere to hang it in my house.

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