Dry Brushed Black Mirror Makeover

Thank y’all SO much for all of your sweet comments on our powder room reveal earlier this week. My cheeks hurt by the end of the day from grinning so much. Seriously, how on earth did a get so lucky with you guys rootin’ us along?

I really thought I was finished with sharing the powder room projects. And I almost thought I’d just act like this one magically happened and keep it to myself instead. But it’s too good and too simple and too pretty not to share if any of y’all have a mirror (or even a piece of furniture) that could use some va-va-voom texture.

Enter this mirror. Well, what it used to look like anyway.

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This house has been all about the contrast, baby. And I wasn’t about to let this mirror sit there untouched, void of that contrast-y drama. Because it had a little secret that you could barely see under that white paint. Wood grain. Beautiful, perfect wood grain.

And I had to show it off.

If you ever have a piece of furniture or some kind of wood decor with a layer of paint on it, and it has raised wood grain that you can see, dry brushing it will make it come to life before your eyes.

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If I ever want to bring some texture to a piece, I bust out a really dark paint color to contrast with a really light paint color… or in this case, simple black and white.

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I gave the entire wood frame of the mirror two coats of the Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black with the 2″ angled brush first and let dry.

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And to bring out the wood grain and make the mirror frame look almost like brushed zinc, I dry brushed.

Just dip the tips of the chip brush bristles into your light paint, brush off the excess paint on a dry paper towel (until the brush looks and feels dry), then lightly brush it on the dark coat of paint.

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I brush in one direction and keep the bottom of my brush bristles flat against the surface (pictured below).

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Peel off the tape and then hellooooooo, lover!

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That sort of industrial, sort of shabby farmhouse weathered look makes my heart happy.

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Okay, so that’s it. I pinky promise. No more powder room talk. This pretty baby needed her own spotlight in a post though.

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So now that we’ve checked this room off of the list, Robert and I have been wrapping up a few last projects in the living room and laundry room to officially call them finished too. Oh, and decorating for fall. Yeah, that’s happening.

As sad as I am to see summer go soon, I remember fall is coming and I get giddy all over again. #DontHateMeCuzImBasic 😉

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    1. Hi, Lori!! The vanity is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax in Black. There is a tutorial on the blog if you are interested. If you search ‘Weathered Gray Wood Look Vanity’ you will find the steps. 🙂

    1. Hi Agnes,
      The mirror came with the house, so I have no idea what type of wood and it was already attached to the mirror. It was originally white so I just painted it. You could try to find a deal on a mirror and if it happens to not be the right color, just add a little paint!:)

  1. Haha.. well I am gonna be basic right alongside you because I’ve always loved fall before it was “basic.” I am a fan of the dry brush technique too! So easy and don’t even have to use so much product 🙂 Great job on this powder room, it looks so sophisticated. I wasn’t 100% with you when you said you were painting the beadboard mint, but it came together beautifully!

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