They have asked for one of my Richmond images – which one shall I submit?
I wanted to achieve the French gild mirror frame look without breaking le bank. This is how I did it: decoupaged the plain frame with brocade wallpaper (I didn’t like the original paper, so it has gone to good use), then I painted it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint called ‘Old White’. I experimented with dark wax but this just made it look ‘old dirty’, so I decided to lightly spray it with sliver paint and then lacquered it to protect it.
I am a little undecided about the final result..
I bought some wall paper online and with most of these things, I didn’t like it when it arrived but decided to hold on to it just in case I could use it for another project. I have been wanting to revamp a very plain mirror frame to look more like a French gilded mirror and have been racking my brains about how to do this when I came up with this idea & decided to test it out on a tray….
I painted the tray with Annie Sloan’s Napoleon Blue paint (I looovvee this colour!), decoupaged the tray with the wall paper and applied bronze leaf to highlight the brocade. The gilting was and is a bit messy – it was difficult to keep it from getting on the rest of the tray but I suppose it all lends to the ‘shabby chic’ look! Finally, I waxed the paint with clear wax and lacquered the gilt to make it water proof.