Hi! Did you happen to catch my first blog, “From Plastic to Fantastic,” where I described painting a faux wood, plastic clock case with light blue chalk paint? Once again, I feel challenged to disguise another brown, plastic “wood” piece, this time with a layered paint technique.
Refabulous had a very large mirror sitting in a rack. For months, it had been ignored by customers who probably preferred real wood to plastic. The mirror glass was in excellent condition (thank you, Windex), but the large frame was a real turn-off.
The three layers of color from top to bottom were off white, turquoise and brown “wood” grain. It soon became obvious that to reach each layer of color, different sandpaper grits (textures) and differing amounts of sanding pressure would be needed to distress this behemoth. I began distressing the curves and details at the top with 100 grit paper, which had no trouble reaching down to the brown and turquoise layers.
I finished off the project with a coat of medium brown wax, allowed it to dry and buffed it with a white cotton cloth. Hopefully, this tri-tone, plastic cast-off will gain new respect when it is hanging in someone’s foyer, bathroom or bedroom. It would look great with a table underneath it.