Anyway, I like it, and it's been serviceable, but I wanted something different for the dining room. I really like wall messages, but even though I have fabulous landlords, I'm still leery of painting graphics and text directly on my walls. I also like the chalkboards at French Country Cottage, but my dining room is rather small and only has one window, so I felt I needed the mirror to make the room look larger. So - I started to look towards the rather broad mirror frame as a background for text.
First step: I had scored a sample of Valspar "Snow Cap" at Lowe's; 1/2 pint for $1.50! I painted the frame with two coats that pretty much fully covered the entire original color.
Step Two: I sanded and distressed the Snow Cap layer.
Step Three: I wanted a phrase that captured the spirit of dining together with friends, but I didn't want to reference food in a direct manner. So, I ended up with "...with friends...the wine is sweeter". I used
I used Word to type it out in Kunstler Script, and then cut and taped the pieces together to get the layout I wanted. I used a pretty rustic method of transferring - I used a piece of artist's charcoal and coated the back of the strips with that and then used painters' tape to hold the strips in place.
I then traced over the letters with a pencil. When I lifted the strips, the charcoal left streaks and marks on the frame which added more depth to the distressing - I love how that turned out. I then traced the outline of the letters again with a Sharpie paint marker, then wiped off most of the charcoal - leaving the marks I liked. Finally, I painted the lettering with Martha Stewart Acrylic Gloss Paint in "Beetle Black". After the lettering dried thoroughly, I lightly sanded it to fade it some, and then dry-brushed over it with the Snow Cap.
Step Four: I painted and distressed the outer top & sides of the frame the same way I did the inner frame.
It turned out exactly as I had envisioned. It looks really great on my newly painted "Natural Elements" dining room walls.