Rejuvenate an old mirror with chalk-based paint

by | Mar 2, 2021 | Antique furniture, Decorative objects, How to Give an Antique Look, Whites and Light Colours | 0 comments

Rejuvenating an old mirror

A friend had launched a search among her acquaintances, in order to find an ancient oval old mirror, to decorate a specific place of her magnificent century-old home in the Sillery district in Quebec. It was a few weeks later that I knew I had found exactly what she was looking for on Market Place.

ancient mirror
ancient mirror

Antique mirror restoration

Since the mirror was several years old, I suspected that there would be unpleasant surprises and discoloration. I didn’t hesitate for a second to sprinkle it abundantly with Colorantic cleaner & varnish remover and let it work. I rinsed with clean water 3 times to make sure I was removing as much residue as possible.

Once thoroughly cleaned and dried, I repaired several imperfections using wood filler. I took care to fill the cavities and some holes that time had left. When the wood filler is well hardened, it is easy to smooth the surface using a fine sanding block.


Preparation of the surface to be painted

With a damp cloth, I removed the dust and then applied a water-based primer. This is a crucial step to avoid unwanted discoloration!

In order to coordinate perfectly with the bathroom in which the mirror will be hung, I mixed 1 part of Cotton Ball to 1 part of Roasted Marshmallow (half-and-half mixture).


Mirror rejuvenation

Using the oval paintbrush # 6, I applied 2 coats of the mixture, in order to cover this jewel well. Since part of its charm is in the floral detail that surrounds it, it went without saying that I brought out its beauty with a little sanding. A light sanding on the flowers and the outline of the mirror will have to be enough to give it back its rustic aspect.


Mirror finish

Once the sanding dust was removed, it was the natural beeswax that I applied. This helped keep the matte and romantic look.


ancient mirror

Here is an ancient mirror that has found a second life with a touch of romanticism and elegance that will look proud in its bathroom on Chemin St-Louis.

Customers are charmed, and are convinced that salvaging old furniture remains a smart option when it comes to the history and quality of our good old wooden furniture.

Lisa-Marie Pouliot



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Lisa-Marie Pouliot prend la pose devant son mur recyclage

Lisa-Marie Pouliot

Lisa-Marie Pouliot from Bois de Lilas, is an expert in furniture recycling! Mother of 4 young children, she has devoted her entire time to them for 2 years. Owner of an ancestral house for these 2 years, finding herself there full time and imagining projects in them constantly, gave her the taste to get started through his daily hubbub. She likes the old-fashioned style. She started to restore furniture, complete rooms of her old house as well as projects for those around her. With Lisa-Marie Pouliot, what you already have is enough. Chalk based paints, brushes and hours of fun are waiting for you to transform a decor! Recycling furniture is also about giving life! Because yes, we can make new with old. Whether it is a piece of furniture, a wall or a decorative piece! Having a sober decor with a subtle touch of colour is also seeing life in pink! Want to read to inspire you for your recycling projects? Read our Blog section on the Colorantic website! She created her account Instagram & Facebook Bois de Lilas, to show the progress of what she is doing. Follow her on social media accounts to get updates on her new creations.  


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