I know I shouldn’t be wishing summer away.
After all, I live in Minnesota, and it will be sub-zero temps here
before we know it.
But, with summer comes mold, pollen, and yes, that
spawn of the devil (for me anyway)-RAGWEED!
It’s a good thing I work from home-and even
better that hubby has been away at training all
week-because my nose seriously
look’s like Rudolph the red nose reindeer!
Funny then-that I would do a post about
something I’ve tried hard not to look in all week!
But that’s exactly why all of the photo’s
are taken from an angle.
Trust me-my big, red beak is a scary sight indeed!
Be afraid-be VERY afraid!
Anyway-back to that mirror. If you’ve been following along for awhile
for my home office.
Well, that vanity also came with a mirror.
I’ll be honest-I really had no idea what I was going
to do with this worn out old girl! (Yes, I know it’s weird,
that I assign genders to my treasures. That’s me! Weird!)
While I was busy putting away some of our summer decor the other
night(and praying for the first frost), I thought of that
old mirror, and wondered what she would look like
on the now empty fireplace mantel.
Well, she fit perfectly-but unfortunately, the dark
stain had to go!
*****WARNING-you may be scarred for life and maybe even blinded
viewing this horrible gold sheet!
I apologize-it was getting late-and it was all I could find in the pile
of paint cloths in the garage.
At least I remembered to cover the kitchen island!
Hubby will be so proud!
Sadly (or maybe it’s a good thing), I got so involved in my painting-that I didn’t
take many photo’s of the painting process! I know- my bad!
As for the process
Let’s just say-it took WAY longer than I thought to
achieve the look I was going for.
The first step was to sand the entire frame down and wipe
it clean. Next, I painted on two coats of white paint. (I used what I had
on hand, which was Behr Ultra White). Once that
dried, I sanded everything down, and put a coat of
Rust-O-leum -Aged Gray that I had leftover from the island makeover.
By this time-my decongestant was kicking in-and my eyeballs
were getting pretty heavy, so I decided to call it a night.
The next day all I wanted was to get the mirror completed and off
my island-so I totally forgot to take photo’s of the remaining steps
in the painting process.(Aren’t you thrilled you don’t have to look
at that gold sheet anymore?)
But I did take a few close-ups to show the end result of all
my hard work. Basically-I distressed all the curves and places
where the frame would naturally age.
And then I dry brushed a light coat of Metallic silver over
the entire frame. Once that dried-I gave it a light sanding. I wanted
it to appear as if it had been guilded, and with age
had worn off a bit.
Since I wanted the frame to look as if it had once been
guilded-but had worn with age,
I painted on a light coat of Metallic Silver next-and then after it dried-
gently sanded it(again in areas it would age naturally). I really didn’t
want the frame to appear shiny-so I applied some antiquing gel
and wiped it off before it dried. (Unfortunately, the photo’s don’t do it justice-but I was
able to pull it off!)
I love how the mirror itself has aged over time-and now I think
with a little paint and distressing the frame brings out
even more of her beauty!
I found some vintage plates at a local flea market recently, so I hung one
on either side of the mirror, along with some Pee Gee’s from my garden.
The mantel will change-just like the seasons I suppose-all in good time.
Are you starting to transition into Fall? I’d love to hear how you do it!
I’ll be sharing at these amazing parties-so stop on over and be inspired!
See you back here on Sunday-for Sensational Sunday Love Links!
Blessings and hugs,