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Creating Vintage Patina

Last week I shared a brassy vintage gold gallery wall made up simply of 
empty frames and vintage mirrors.

Some of the mirrors were non conformers when I brought them out- 
meaning they weren't that brassy gold color I was looking for.
But they were the right shape or had the right details so they needed a bit of paint to get
them to blend in.

Like this one.
This mirror was in my bedroom  above the fireplace awhile back and it was dry brushed with a white originally. It was okay in that finish and it's simple to go back to when I change my mind.

Another little mirror in the gallery wall 
was red when I bought it-and it has been about 5 different colors since.

To create the vintage gold patina it wears now

 I started with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue 

A coat of the blue covered the red perfectly.
Up next~ came a layer of metallic gold craft paint brushed on 
but not in every nook and cranny.
I just layered the gold over the smooth areas for good coverage
 and on the details simply brushed it on lightly.

The next step was to rub a bit of that gold away. 

I used a cloth while the paint was not fully dry and rubbed it along the areas I wanted more 
blue to show through and then let it dry.
A light layer of Annie Sloan dark wax on the top 
and it was finished.

Easy easy easy and I love how it turned out. 

Oh yes, and the Gallery Wall has stayed up in the hallway.
I'm loving it

Hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. Very, very pretty! The patina looks old!! Lynda

  2. I just used duck egg blue on a buffet and love it--your mirror is gorgeous!

  3. Une patine très réussie... J'adore les miroirs anciens... Autrefois aussi étrangement que cela soit, je ne supportais pas d'avoir un miroir chez moi! Alors qu'à présent j'aime ça!...
    Gros bisous

  4. The gallery wall is beautiful, Courtney!



  5. I really like your mirror. Thanks for sharing the technique. I will be trying this out soon!

    Laura from

  6. I love it too! Who know that the blue base would look so good?

  7. that mirror is beautiful and even more so now you've added your magic touch...another job well done!
    Bec x

  8. Your mirrors are great ! Mine are here and there in my pink shabby house, but I love the way you displayed yours !
    xoxo from PARIS where spring showing his little nose !

  9. I love it, Courtney! What wonderful light reflection you must get here. Love how you made over the mirrors you had. The two you are talking about in this post are very pretty with great shapes.

  10. It looks great Courtney! I am collecting mirrors and old frames to do something similar up our stairs.

  11. I love especially the light blue you choose to put down. It's delicious now!

  12. The finish is absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing the "how to". I am collecting thrift store mirrors to do a mirror wall in my bedroom and this will be something I will definitely try myself. Blessings, Patti

  13. What a pretty mirror with the starburst detail and what a wonderful job you did on it. I just love your fireplace mantel in the first picture-very unique.
    Have a good week.

  14. j'adore cette galerie de miroirs!

  15. This looks so simple but with fantastic results! Love it!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  16. Hi Courtney!!!!

    I love mirrors of all shapes and sizes!!!

    The one I love the most is in your collection is the one you had over the mantel in your bedroom. What a beautiful elegant mirror!!!

    Your wall looks amazing!! Have a great week!!


  17. It's amazing what a little paint can do!! Beautiful!

  18. I love the look and thank you for sharing how you did it.

  19. I love this and am going to save it :) Thank you~~

  20. Gorgeous wall of mirrors! Love the blue with metalic gold on pretty!

  21. What a beautiful patina, Courtney! Thanks for sharing how you accomplished it! Definitely going to try this technique out soon. :)

    xoxo laurie

    1. Love it! Thanks for the technique! Does the wax give it a more finished look?

  22. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing ;) I just adore your blog!
    Jamie @

  23. I love what you do Courtney.. A visit to your blog is like a visit to a good friends home. Enchanting and memorable. Love the wall. I have done this many times and it always amazes me how wonderful the finished product looks. (note: try a pale pink instead of blue as a base...surprising)~~~Char

  24. So awesome!! and so easy too;) thank you for sharing this, love it!! x

  25. Gorgeous! Can you tell us what brand of metallic gold paint you used? Can't wait to try this!!!!


    1. Hi Christine~
      It's Folk Art craft store paint I think- I already tossed it out. I am sure you can use any metallic you like and get a similar look.

  26. Wow, amazing. That gallery wall is wonderful! I'm so glad we all get to pop over here to see what you're up too and grab some inspiration while we're here! I just adore your blog. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring.

  27. I love how the blue softens the look but still lets the gold take the spotlight. Really changes that red mirror to something special.

  28. A late comer to your blog who is totally enchanted with your natural flair. We are re-doing our kitchen and using those of your design ideas we can incorporate into our much smaller kitchen. I wish I had you in my back pocket to guide the way!

  29. Stunning! Thank you for sharing how you achieved this look!

  30. You did a beautiful job! A work of art...

  31. Lovely! Did you use Pure Gold or Antique Gold? I purchased pure gold because you used dark wax but wasn’t sure if I bought the correct color or not.