The Graphics Fairy, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a Shabby Apple Winner

March 31, 2013

I have a long-awaited project to share with you.  But first, it's time to announce the winner of my Shabby Apple Giveaway!  I'm very excited for the winner since I know she's bound to pick out something really spring-y with her $50 Shabby Apple gift certificate!
And the winner is  No. 21,  April G. who said, "I follow you via GFC:)"!  Congratulations, April!  I will contact you soon.  Now on to other matters.

This is a project that languished, untouched, for years months.  It started out as a mirror in my son's room when he was a baby.

Isn't it cute?  I just loved the detail.  It was a vintage-themed room and I thought this fit in perfectly.
"Le Cirque Flottant
Magasin de Jouets

"You say you saw a floating bear?
However can that be?
A dog in a barrel, a hippo too?
What a wonderful sight to see."
Little did I know {until now} that the words Cirque Flottant refer to a very famous, now defunct, children's store on Paris' left bank. 
Cirque Flottant, or Floating Circus, is also the name of a once-regular dealer at "les Puces de Saint-Ouen" flea market on the outskirts of Paris.  I read that it's also the name of a vintage French children's book, although I haven't been able to find a concrete source to confirm this.  But I do know that Ebay {and other places} are charging $50 and upwards for the matching wall clock.  I'm unable to find another one of these mirrors anywhere.  Guess I should have done my research before I went ahead and painted over it, non?  Has that ever happened to you?
Be that as it may, I DID paint over it, and turned it into a chalkboard, to boot!  No surprises there, I guess.  I'm just getting used to it, although it took a while to get it where I could finally live with it.  {Luckily I did not pay too much for it.  I got it at Marshalls on sale many years ago.}
First I painted the mirror with spray chalkboard paint, two light coats. Then I painted over the children's scenes with a beige-ish paint that I later decided was too blah.  In came Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.  Two coats and I was feeling a bit better.
Then I tried the wax paper method to transfer some Frenchy-ness onto it, but I wasn't happy with how it turned out.  You can find that method over at  The Graphics Fairy. Sorry the picture leaves something to be desired.
It was ok, I guess, but I really thought it was still a bit blah.  I also wished that the graphics had turned out a bit darker.  So I painted over the faint graphics and tried again, this time with the Mod Podge method.  Only problem was, I didn't realize that there were different types of Mod Podge.  I should have used the matte formula.  Turns out I used  the  gloss formula.  Who knew? Suffice it to say that it just looked wrong, really wrong.  {So wrong, in fact, that I didn't even take a picture of it.}  Mod Podge lesson learned.
Three times must be the charm because I finally got it right.  I got the graphics from The Graphics Fairy HERE and HERE.  I also tried my hand at an Easter chalkboard. I got my inspiration for that from Nest of Posies HERE

The graphics did not come out perfect, but that adds to the charm, as always.
Now I'm kind of sorry that I got rid of the cute French mirror, but hindsight really is 20-20.  And I know my family will get a lot more use out of it as a chalkboard. 
I hope you all had a wonderful spring Easter weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!


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Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Looks wonderful!
You are so clever.
Happy Easter, friend!

April G said...

Oh, yay! What a happy Easter surprise to have won!

I think your chalkboard looks wonderful. Hope you have a lovely Easter!

Decor To Adore said...

What a wonderful makeover! So pretty!

Today I am rejoicing that the tomb was empty. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!

Unknown said...

Great makeover! Love the graphics. I collect mason jars too and the aqua are my favourites.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice makeover, Kathleen! Love the graphics you chose. It was cute in its prior state, but much more useful this way. I've been wondering about painting chalkboard paint on a mirror. Glad to know it works out.

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Very cute makeover! Third time really was a charm. Always something great to be found at The Graphics Fairy! Thanks for sharing your experience with the different transfer methods, too.


Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

What a sweet mirror! It was cute before and gorgeous after! You did a great job ;)
Jamie @

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

The third time is a charm. I think the chalkboard is the best idea. So creative!!

Maria Elena said...

What a gorgeous makeover! Love the new look! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

That is such a creative makeover, I love it. Such vision. Great vignette too. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

I think it turned out great even if it had a wonderful French provenance!

momto8 said...

you have such wonderful talent!

Inspired by you said...

Nice makeover. Love reusing and transforming stuff!

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