Sunday, September 2, 2012

{Accidentally} Vintage ~ Swedish Grey

Greetings my friends!
I know it's been almost a month since my last post, so I apologize for the long gap in between.

Before I update you on what I've been up to in the last few weeks, thought I'd share with you a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project that I started early last August.

{Incidentally, this is NOT my first Annie Sloan paint project.

My first project involves a French Vintage Vanity that I am actually also done with ~ but will plan to post about it later. ;)}

It all began with this old mirror that was laying idly {on the floor} of my laundry room.

This mirror actually came with the house, and I knew at one point I'd want to repaint it white.

So once I had gotten my hands on some free ASCP from a previous giveaway, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to give it a new look.

I actually had planned to just paint it with a coat of Old White ~ no distressing, just plain old white by ASCP!

Well, after I hung it on my bathroom wall, I felt that the Old White mirror was clashing with the plain white I decided to paint over it with a pale shade of grey, reminiscent of a Swedish Grey.

I started out with Old White, and then slowly added a few drops of Paris Grey until I was satisfied with the shade.

I had only wanted to distress this mirror ever so lightly. But as I was smoothing out the paint with my sanding block....this happened:

Turns out I ended up sanding all the way down to the original dark walnut wood frame {oops, my bad...I wasn't paying attention! lol}.

Soooo....I had to improvise because I surely didn't want to repaint it. So then I decided I'd just continue distressing it all around.

With some white paint peeking through in some places....

And with some dark wood showing through in others...

At first I was really HATING the way this was coming out because I was really disappointed at the fact that I wasn't going to have a plain grey frame.

But as I continued to use my sanding block here and there, I started to like the way the walnut wood and white paint layers were showing up underneath the grey coat, just the way it would have looked if a vintage frame had been painted a few times over the years...

And once I added a bit of dark wax in some places and then finished it off with a clear coat of wax all around, the light shade of grey deepened a bit to give it a richer hue...and this is how it turned out hanging in the main bathroom.

Please excuse the funky lighting, as I don't get much natural light in this bathroom due to just one teeny tiny window right above the bathtub.

It was also really hard to take pictures in such a narrow space, hence the angled images {otherwise, you'd see a glimpse of me in the mirror with camera in hand}. ;)

This bathroom is a constant work in progress, since I'm still searching for just the right piece to put into this unique and small space.

Also, you can't tell in these images but the paint color is actually a bluish grey color {way more blue then grey}, called "Iced Cube Silver" by Benjamin Moore {in Satin Sheen}.

This room also used to have really hideous wallpaper that was peeling and coming glad those days are over! ;)

Light blue Toile shower curtains are now hung with vintage inspired glass shower rods.

The tiny window above the tub is not "frosted," {we only put in new windows in the front of our house} so for privacy, I just use plain white tension rods and ring clips to hang some second hand linen up.

So there you have it ~ images of my "Accidentally Vintage" Swedish Grey mirror, and a glimpse of my main bathroom. ;)

In other news, I just want to let you all know that this school semester, I am taking a full load of courses ~ something I haven't done in more than 10 years!

With that said, I am "that much closer" to applying to the program of my choice...but depending on which route I will take, will then dictate how many more classes that I need to take next spring, as I wait for my acceptance.

Because if all goes as planned this semester, then I will be ready to apply to a program this January 2013....which just means more intense studying for another "X" amount of years!

But I am getting a bit ahead of myself for now I have to just concentrate on getting through this semester in one piece.

On some days when I feel like giving up {it's not always fun feeling like you're the oldest person in certain classes}, I have to keep telling myself that this is just a means to an end, and that I have to focus on the grand scheme of things {because feeling isolated & alone at times is certainly not uncommon!}.

So looking at the brighter side of things, I am just thankful and feeling blessed for the opportunity! I am also thankful to my hubby and boys for being so supportive ~ they really are my biggest fans, rooting me on during this transition in my life.

And with that being said, even though I will be extremely busy for the next few months or so, I look forward to posting about all the "goings on" over here at A Cozy Cottage in the City!

Some posts may be short & sweet, or long & detailed ~ but regardless, I hope you can continue to join me on both my creative and academic journeys!

You can also follow me on my Facebook Fan Page or on my Twitter account ~ where I will be sharing both my personal & creative accounts along the way!

So until next time, enjoy the rest of your 3 day holiday weekend!!!



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Feathered Nest Friday


jeanetteann said...

Love the way the mirror turned out and the shower curtain and window curtains are lovely.
All the very best with the studying

awal.ny said...

Good luck with school. Yes it is definitely odd to be the adult in a classroom of kids, I was when I went back. But, the teachers know that you are there to learn, not because it is what your parents think you should do. I hope you enjoy it.
The bathroom mirror looks great, I like the contrast of the dark color of the wood and the white and gray.

Samgoose said...

Awww, I love your blog, its just so friendly and nice to read - I hope you do have time to keep posting, though I would totally understand if you didn't. Its hard enough running a home, without academic studies on top! I think the mirror has turned out beautifully and looks perfect above the cladding (I'm guessing thats the wainscotting you meant?) and I love your toile shower curtain. It looks like a lovely bathroom :-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


I LOVE the way your mirror turned out - it looks amazing, what a neat story of how it GOT to be so amazing!

As for your challenges ahead, I do wish you the very best in all your classes and busy days ahead!

It's me said...

Hi Jessie...your bathroom looks the mirror....good luck with your study from

Anonymous said...

The mirror turned out beautiful =) Xo, Ashley

Lee said...

How lovely. Looks beautiful.

Karena said...

Jessie I love what you have created with your bath!! The mirror turned out beautifully!!

Art by Karena

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

I love the way your bathroom mirror turned out!!! Also love the roses i the tin. I never think to use my tins as vases. Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you are having a good weekend. It sounds like you have been busy and will get busier. So glad you are doing what you have dreamed of doing. It will be worth it in the end!! Life is too short to not do things!!!Are you and Melinda still going on the 23rd???

xo~ Cheryl

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wonderful! The whole room looks great.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I like the mirror! And you bathroom is so pretty with the mix of grays, whites, and blues. You did a very nice job in there!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!!! Wonderful to have you stop by! Wishing you all a lovely rest of the weekend!


Katherine Wolak said...

I am in love with your mirror!!! :D So absolutely gorgeous!!


Pamela Bates said...

love the way it turned out. glad you went with it.

keep at it, it will be worth it in the end. and who cares if you're the oldest student in the class. that might just mean you're the most deteremined.

Katherines Corner said...

he mirror is a lovely addition to your sweet bathroom. Thank you for sharing, sending hugs your way and wishes for a beautiful week ahead. xo

Melissa said...

Ooooo I love it!! So perfectly distressed!! The color is beautiful too!!

Jeannie B. said...

Beautiful room!

chateau chic said...

Hi Jessie, I really like how your mirror turned out. Just perfect, in my opinion! And if you're ever tired of your adorable cafe tin, let me be first in line!! Love it!
Mary Alice

Ivy and Elephants said...

The mirror is so beautiful. I am loving the shower curtain.


Swede Dreams said...

Beautiful mirror and I adore that shower curtain. New follower for you!

Rita said...

I'm calling by from Kathleen's Faded Charm.
I love the way your mirror turned out. it is exactly how i would want it to turn out if it were mine!! Great color choice. actually old white and paris grey are my fave ASCP colors.

Linda Leyble said...

Hi - lovely project. You turned a freebie into something beautiful Next time you distress too much and you don't love it - you can always just paint that portion where you took too much off. It happens to me quite often.

I have a project on French Country Cottage as well (where i found you) - it's in the Swedish vein also - I antiqued a new Swedish clock to make it more in keeping with my home.

Hopefully you will visit my blog (I have a new blog address -



Red Rose Alley said...

Hi Jessie,
How have you been? I love this cafe tin with the white roses. Your mirror turned out lovely. You did a nice job on it. I have just been getting ready for Nel's wedding, which is in a couple of weeks! Maybe after that, I can enjoy a few projects like the one you just did. Take care,
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

June said...

Good for you dear Jessie! I wish you all the luck this semester. It will pay off in the long run, so way to go girl!
I love how your mirror turned out. Just perfect for your beautiful bathroom. I LOVE your shower curtain!!!
sending many hugs...

Melissah said...

The mirror looks gorgeous with it's paint job! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I am now following you.
Melissah from Country Style Chic

freckled laundry said...

Your accidental mirror (and everything else) looks beautiful. Good luck with school! I went back for my Master's in Art Ed while expecting my twins so I totally get the feeling of being the oldest, BUT it's so fun to go to class with a different perspective than I had at 18! Wishing you the best! xo Jami

Zoé said...

Such a pretty bathroom, and you should be proud of the mirror as it's very pretty - and, most of all, you decorated it yourself. :)

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Drui... said...

The mirror looks great!
Good luck with your study! :)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by ~ it means so much! :) I have been in the middle of exams, so I haven't been able to respond and visit as of late, but I promise I will get back to you all ~ even if it may take some time! Just know that I truly appreciate your visits. Take care and have a blessed day!


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Jen Kershner said...

I love your mirror! I have one that I've been needing to paint and you have inspired me to get off my duff and just do it already.


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