French Vintage Décor

Today I thought I would share with you a book that I treated myself to a little while ago. I don’t normally do reviews of books which we don’t stock in our own shop but if this is something you would like to see more of please feel free to leave a comment below.

This particular book is written by Jamie Lundstrom is the founder of the blog So Much Better With Age. For those of you that like to follow interior decor blogs this one really should be on your list. She has been featured on HGTV and the Today show in Canada, as well as in Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens. Jamie currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.

So what attracted me to this book. I had noticed that a number of people where commenting on how good it was and had shared pictures from it. So I just had to have a look. One of the great things about this book is that it is not centred solely around one type of paint. Quite the opposite and refreshingly so. The book shows up to 70 different projects all centred around a French vintage look. Hence the name of the book!
Each project has beautifully photographed images including many before and afters. As well as a how to there are photos showing it being done along with a list of ingredients that were used. And that is where for me it gets exciting. Not only does Jamie Lundstrom use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ which we all know and love but she also uses Fusion Mineral Paint ! Two paints which we at La Deuxième Chance are passionate about.

The strap line for this book should be “Add That Certain Je ne sais quoi to your home, effortlessly”
Rustic and elegant French décor never goes out of style? And with these easy, yet sophisticated accessories, for your home, these 70 projects will transform your space and add that special touch to any room.

Jamie Lundstrom’s projects use easy-to-find and recycled objects, as well as new materials, to bring her French vintage style into your life. Projects span every season and category, from sewing to painting and upholstery, including provincial antique baskets, a fantastique Trumeau mirror, a jolie gold leaf frame, boutique plaster of Paris?dipped flowers and a chic antique chair. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions with beautiful photos to help guide you, these projects can be created in just a few hours or less.

French Vintage Decor by Jamie Lundstrom

Here’s a small excerpt

French Vintage Décor - Jamie Lundstrom
French Vintage Décor – Jamie Lundstrom



Art is one of the beautiful things you think of when you think of France (or anywhere in Europe, for that matter). Mirrors and art adorned the walls of great castles and palaces. Today, museums are filled with these great masterpieces. You can spend days looking at walls and walls of magnificent works that just leave you in awe. Few people in the world will ever be able to have such pieces of artwork displayed in homes, and to be honest, I wouldn’t want the pressure.

From the time I got my first apartment, I was always excited to put art up on the walls. I thought they had to be professionally framed pieces that were a bit out of my budget, and they had to be created by someone who called themselves an artist. I finally had a few pieces that I deemed special enough to be called art, but after some time, I grew tired of them and I wanted to switch things up. But how could I just get rid of them when they were so expensive?

Now, I feel differently. I feel art is anything that can be created and hung on a wall. I think mirrors are a great example of art and are beautiful in every room of the house. Artwork I’ve found from thrift shops, my children’s art, silver platters or plates hung on a wall are all art.

I love that there are magnificent pieces of “real” art in the world today that we can visit and savor when we get the chance to, but I don’t want my home to feel or look like a museum, and I want to be able to change up my art when I want to without feeling the pressure to keep it hanging on the wall for a lifetime because we paid a small fortune for it.

In this chapter, I’ll show you how to do some techniques for making gorgeous mirrors and making “nothing” look like art. Art is whatever we make it to be.


Trumeau Mirror
Trumeau Mirror

I love antiqued mirrors. They remind me of the great, ornate hanging mirrors that you see in chateaus or castles in France. An antiqued mirror in a room elevates it to a piece of art. Practice this technique on a small mirror before attempting a large one and make sure the mirror can be removed from the frame.


• Plastic sheets, garbage bags, drop cloths or newspaper
Note: Mirrors from China will not antique as a different technique is used to make them. If you purchase a mirror and the glass says “Made in China” on the back, you can go to a mirror shop to get a new custom mirror cut to fit the frame. New mirrors antique nicely.

In a well-ventilated area, spread out the plastic sheets. Lay the mirror reflective side down. Wearing the protective gloves, pour the paint stripper thickly over the back of the mirror. You’ll start to see the paint bubble up immediately. Wait for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Using a plastic putty knife, carefully scrape the paint off the mirror and onto the plastic sheets. You may need to repeat these steps to get all of the paint off. Wipe the excess off with paper towels. Hose off the mirror to remove all of the stripper.

To antique the mirror, you will be removing some of the reflective material. You have to work quickly, so gather everything you need before you begin. You can either dab the muriatic acid onto the mirror with a cotton cloth (for a dramatic look) or you can spray it on using a spray bottle (for a subtle look).

Wearing a mask and protective gloves, pour the muriatic acid into a small container. Take a cloth and dip it just a bit into in the muriatic acid. Dab onto the edges of the mirror. You don’t want the cloth to be soaked. I dabbed all over for a dramatic effect, but if you dab or spray just lightly along the edges, this will give you a more natural look.

Immediately wipe it off with another dry cotton cloth.

Check the other side of the mirror to see if that’s the look you want. You can repeat above if you didn’t take enough off.

Spray with Simple Green cleaner to ensure all acid is removed and hose off the mirror again to ensure a full clean. Dry, being careful not to scrape the mirror.

If you took off too much of the reflective backing, you can spray on some mirror spray over the spots where too much came off.

Spray paint the back of the mirror with the gold spray paint and let dry for about 1 hour. Then spray paint the back of the mirror with the black spray paint and let dry fully for at least 1 hour. Once completely dry, you can put the mirror back in its frame.


Add that je ne sais quoi to any room by adding an aged mirror to your wall. You don’t have to live in a French villa or find antique mirrors to add a French feel to your home. If you are not sure about antiquing a mirror by stripping off the back of it, then you might like spray painting a piece of glass! Try this shortcut to making a simple antiqued mirror.


• Frame with glass
In a ventilated area, remove the glass from the frame and lay it down on a dropcloth. Spray one entire side of glass with 2 to 4 coats of the mirror spray paint, drying approximately 1 hour in between coats. Spraying more coats of the mirror spray paint will give you more of a reflective look. I wanted a more “foggy” look, so I sprayed it with just two coats.

Once dry, lightly spray some black spray paint over the back in a “splattered” pattern. Do not fully spray paint the back with black; you just want a few splatter marks. Check the other side of the mirror to see if you like the look. You can add more layers of the mirror spray paint or add more black if you like.

Wait to fully dry at least 1 hour and put the mirror back in the frame. See Rusted Frames (here) and Add Ribbon to Frames or Mirrors (here) to complete this project.

*Copyright © 2018 Jamie Lundstrom.

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