Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Now, I will admit that I LOOOOVVVEEE deep, rich fall color for decorating.  Cozy. Enveloping. Charming. But - like so many of you these days - I feel my space needs a little lightening up.  Lately, I've been painting this and that, adding creams, buttery yellows, and cool, calm aqua.  Knowing me (and I do!), I am pretty certain I will return to the all cozy-all the time vibe come fall, but for now I am enjoying this new lighter look!

Today I was looking at two cheapo mirrors I have hanging stack style in our sitting room.  They were from Kirkland's a few years back and are plastic made to look like deeply embossed tin.  Feeling the urge to paint s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g, these became my decided upon victims. I figure that since they were cheapy to begin with, no harm could come to them from the paint brush.  Out came the cream and blue paints, along with some glaze & antiquing medium.

These were the perfect candidates for painting.  Look at that raised design - perfect for antiquing! I am also proud of myself for taping off - I really hate the prep part of crafting!

Here is the first coat of just some leftover white paint I had laying around.  Afterwards, I dry brushed on some very, very light blue that I mixed with clear glaze.  I finished off with some dark glaze thinned way down with water. I also dry brushed white on the roping trim around the mirror.
There they are in their new "suits," looking quite spiffy I might add.  It really perks up this short wall between the kitchen and TV room.
Here is a closeup - it is very chippy, distressed.  It looks like a framed ceiling tin.  I really like it and of course, the beauty of it is that another transformation is only a brush stroke away should I tire of it. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Wishing you happiness,

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  1. Those turned out so nice Jane, they do look like ceiling tin! Visting from Deb's.


  2. Thanks Jane, I'm now adding you to my blogroll on my sidebar:)

  3. Very cute! It's amazing how a little paint can transform just about anything! :)

  4. Visiting from Deb's as well. I love mirrors and you have done a great job transforming these.

  5. Great job on those mirrors. What a change they are and for the better, light and bright. Visiting from BNOP.

  6. These turned out great! It's amazing what a little paint can do. :-) Happy Monday!

  7. How pretty! I love the 2 toned frames! I'm your newest fan. Please stop by any time!

  8. Olá!
    Lindo trabalho, gostei muito!
    Alice (Portugal)