paint technique to make Ikea Hemnes mirror look like Restoration Hardware finish


i picked up this Ikea Hemnes mirror for a property in Mammoth Lakes.  i wanted a rustic look to match the gorgeous and majestic Sherwin Mountain Range that is viewable from the house. Ikea Hemnes mirror close-up

i started with a light dry-brushing of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s Paris Grey.  after brushing in the direction of the grain, i very lightly wiped off immediately with a smooth rag.Ikea Hemnes mirror painted to look Restoration Hardware

then i used the Annie Sloan gilding wax in silver along the edge of the frame to give the mirror a bit of shimmer.  Restoration Hardware finish with Annie Sloan paint

you can see the edge of the mirror where the layers really showed through better.Restoration Hardware finish with Annie Sloan paint


then i covered the entire piece in a single thin layer of clear wax.

and then there’s always a toddler handprint to make your day.  🙂toddler hand print on mirror

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Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. Hello,

    Did you sand the frame first? I’m trying to do the same on the dark brown frame but into a chalk linen white with a bit of grey showing.

    Please let me know the steps you did 🙂

    • No, when using chalk paint, you rarely (if ever) need to sand. I just layered very watery coats of light-colored chalk paint atop the black mirror. Good luck and thanks for visiting my site! 🙂