We turned this rosette print inside out for an even more faded appearance
=paint & sandpaper
DISTRESS A PAINTED MIRROR
No time to search antique markets? Add colour and character to a plain
white wood-framed mirror with minimal effort. To start, paint the frame
with two different colours of semi-gloss latex paint; we covered Valspar’s
pale blue Pistachio Ice (CI 34) with Good Luck Charm (CI 23), a jade green.
Let the paint dry between coats. When the second coat is dry, use fine
sandpaper to wear down the paint in patches, sanding only to the first
coat in some areas and right down to the wood in others. Dresser, Simply
Home; quill box, Absolutely North; lamp, Decorum; calendar, Jackson Falk; wall colour,
Fleecy (CI 201), mirror colours, by Valspar, Lowe’s; plate, Constantine.
SEE SOURCE GUIDE
This simple shortcut to a timeworn look replaces the
crispness of new pillowcases, curtains and linens with
a venerable charm. Look for traditional patterns such
as ticking stripes and florals in natural fabrics like
cotton and linen, which absorb the tea-dye best. Steep
tea bags in hot water until it’s the colour of strong tea
(estimate about 2 bags for every 3 cups of water), then
immerse the fabric. Let it soak until it’s a bit darker
than the desired colour — it should look aged, not dirty.
To set the dye, transfer the fabric into a cold solution
of water and white vinegar (15 cups of water to 1 cup
of vinegar). Let sit for 15 minutes, then wash in warm
soapy water and rinse until water runs clear. Tumble
dry on high. Pillow fabrics, Designer Fabrics; chair, 507 Antiques;
rope doorstop, Angus & Company.
=a prized patina