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Two Tips for Chalk Painting a Mirror

I often get asked how long it takes me to paint a piece of furniture.  It's hard to give an exact amount of time, since there are so many variables: how large the piece is, what sort of finish was on it, what colors I'm using, what distressing, sanding and waxing techniques I'm implementing, etc. But I do find that for some reason, mirrors and picture frames are SO quick and easy! 

I thought I'd share a couple tips to get you started on painting your own mirrors [we all have that ugly mirror hanging around that we're never sure where to put, but now we can put them to good use!].

Tip #1: DO NOT USE TAPE! It's true.  There's really no reason to waste your time and money taping off the mirrored portion [or if you're working with a picture frame, the glass]. Chalk paint very easily scrapes off the mirrored surface, even with just your fingernail! I always use a box cutter [or x-acto knife] to scrape off the paint that gets onto the mirror. Do I go crazy and paint all over the mirror? Of course not. I try to keep most of the paint on the areas I intend to be painted, but not having to deal with protecting the mirror makes this process infinitely faster.

This mirror would have been such a bear to tape off, since it's almost entirely made of curves!

Tip #2: DON'T WORRY ABOUT WAXING! If you've used chalk paint before or follow my site, you'll know that chalk paint and wax almost always go together.  Wax acts as a seal and protectant for the paint, while still allowing the paint to keep it's beautiful, matte finish. But waxing isn't a necessity, especially when it comes to pieces you won't be handling on a daily basis.  Mirrors, when hung on a wall, are almost never actually touched, so unless it's a floor mirror that your dog or little one might go sniffing around, waxing just takes up the time you could be spending painting all kinds of other wonderful things.

These two tips are precisely why I love painting mirrors and frames. They require SO much less labor than my usual dressers and nightstands, and the transformation that occurs with just a bit of paint can make such an impact on a space. So if you're debating dabbling in the art of chalk paint, this is the first place I'd start!