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DIY Weathered Paint Effect with Chalk Paint

Update furniture or Home Decor with this beautiful DIY Weathered Paint Effect. Easy steps & video for a French Country look with Chalk Paint.

DIY Weathered Paint Effect with Chalk Paint

This easy chalk paint makeover is a fun project, guys! And, so much easier than it looks. It’s all about layering the paints and picking colors that look good together.

I’ve wanted to give this mirror a quick makeover for months. The black seemed a little too stark in that light colored entry. So, I wanted to tone it down a bit.

And, I always love a weathered paint effect when I see it in the stores. This was the perfect excuse to give it a try with chalk paint.

What do you think? I’m pretty excited about how it looks.

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If you’re looking for more easy chalk paint makeover ideas, you might also like my Classy Blue and Dark Wax Cabinet Makeover or this Shabby Distressed Layered Paint Look.

Or, you can find 25 Step by Step Beginner Furniture Painting Tutorials for more easy furniture painting tutorials. OK, let’s start this DIY Weathered Paint Effect with Chalk Paint tutorial.

DIY Weathered Chalk Paint look on a mirror.
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Materials Used

Paint and Finishes Used

You don’t have to use these exact brands. You can find any pretty medium blue and greige chalk paint shades that look good together. Or mix up your own DIY chalk paint from latex paint and plaster of Paris.

Dixie Belle Vintage Duck Egg, Amy Howard Selznick Gray, Amy Howard Linen One Step Paint.

Watch this Quick Video to See the Easy Steps

DIY Weathered Antique or French Country Paint Look - Easy DIY Gray Distressed Chalk Paint Look

How to Paint a Weathered Antique Finish

Here’s what the mirror looked like before this DIY Weathered Paint Effect. It’s pretty, but didn’t quite fit the room.

Step One – Start with the base color

Start with 2 layers of your medium greige chalk paint (Selznick Gray), using a good nylon brush. Chalk Paint will stick to almost anything.

But, if what you’re painting has some built up dirt or oils, you can clean it first. I’d use Dawn dish soap mixed with water or TSP to clean. Let that dry, then paint.

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Step Two – Add lots of layers

Grab your chippy paint brush for the rest of the layering. You can see in the video how to do a very light dry brushing with a chip brush.

You just barely touch the brush to the paint and lightly apply it across the mirror. I started with the vintage duck egg because I only wanted hints of the color to show through.

Grab a gold acrylic paint that looks like shiny gold jewelry, not that antique gold. Using your finger or a q-tip put a little on any raised points, in grooves or on details. This is in the video too. 🙂

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Then I dry brushed a light cream color, called Linen. Followed up by one last dry brushing of that original paint color, a greige called Selznick Gray. AND again with that Linen color.

All of that layering is the key to this look. Just keep adding more to get a look you really love.

After all of that paint dried, I wet a fine grit sanding sponge, squeezed it out, then lightly sanded everything to smooth the finish.

I sanded a little harder on the raised details to bring more detail and paint variations in there. Distressing corners and edges always makes faux finishes look better. At least, that’s what I think.

Step Three – Sealing the DIY Weather Paint Effect

Now it’s time to apply a wax sealer. First, wipe the whole thing damp with a slightly damp clean cloth to remove any residue from the sanding.

Let dry, then rub on 2 layers of your favorite clear or natural wax. Be sure to follow the directions on the wax for the best results.

If you don’t have wax, you can use a water-based poly to seal the finish instead.

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I love the subtle detail of just peaks of gold and blue showing through.

This weathered antique paint effect can really look great with so many styles. It works in my traditional home.

But it would look like barn wood in a rustic or country home. And, on a more detailed, vintage style mirror it’d look like that pretty blueish gray French Country look.

On furniture, it’s really close to that Restoration Hardware paint finish everyone loves. 🙂

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That’s it for this DIY Weathered Paint Effect tutorial.

UPDATE: Check out how different this Foyer looks now in the Before and After 2 Story Foyer Makeover post!

More Chalk Paint Tutorials You Should See

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Or, try this beautiful Dark Blue and Dark Wax Chalk Paint Makeover.

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You can also find this popular Blue Distressed Paint Using Vaseline Tutorial

Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Blue Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint color Demo Day. Paint an Outdoor Bench or any furniture with these steps.

And this easy DIY Stain Wood Furniture without Stripping tutorial, on this blog.

Furniture takes a beating over the years. Luckily, there's a pretty quick and easy fix. Here's how to stain wood furniture without stripping. Yay!

Here’s How to Get a Smooth Finish with Chalk Paint, it’s full of great tips.

Follow these easy steps to get a beautiful, smooth finish with chalk paint. This is how to fix rough feeling and blotchy looking chalk paint!

And, this DIY White and Grey Distressed Chalk Paint Furniture is always popular.

Here's my easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Gray Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover. With this tutorial you can distress as little or as much as you want to get the look you love. Paint layering and distressing with written steps and how to video.

Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen this DIY Weathered Paint Effect tutorial, you can do it too. Let me know if you have questions.

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Roseann Hampton

Monday 28th of October 2019

Your mirror makeover turned out really nice! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!


Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Thanks so much, Roseann!

Julie Briones

Monday 28th of October 2019

GREAT transformation, Stephaine... I may use this technique on an upcoming project! So happy to see you back at TTA!


Monday 28th of October 2019

Thanks! So glad you liked it, Julie. :)


Sunday 27th of October 2019

Love this. YOu are my favorite pick for Waste not Wednesday this week


Monday 28th of October 2019

Yay! Thanks so much, Deborah. :)


Friday 25th of October 2019

I wish I had seen this 2 months ago. I have that exact mirror but I gave it to Goodwill. I will still use this effect on the black T.V. console in my kids' playroom.

Thank you for linking up w us at Creative Muster! We are pinning this! Many blessings to you. xoxoxo Sharon


Friday 25th of October 2019

That's crazy. Must have been a popular mirror or we just have the same fantastic taste. ;) Thanks for pinning!


Friday 25th of October 2019

This turned out great, I love all the layers, and that touch of gold peeking through!

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