Thursday, April 10, 2014

In With the Old and a Mirror Painting Tip!

After passing on this large, old gold mirror at one of my favorite thrifts on three separate occasions, I finally decided it was time to bring it home with me!  It's hard to tell from the before photo, but it was in pretty sad shape, which is I am sure why no one had picked it up before me.  Each corner has a piece of broken molding, probably from being moved around a bunch over the years.  Still, the details were gorgeous and I knew that a bit of Chalk Paint® would help to mask the drastic imperfections.
I bought it with the intention of painting it and taking it to my booth at Camas Antiques...(I know I've said that before, many times!)  But, I started looking around and realized that it was meant for our family room wall, and that it was meant to be pink...Antoinette to be exact!
The pretty rose print that hung here before will now be for sale in my shop space.  If I could find a wall for it in our home I would hold onto it, because I still love it.  However, I can justify keeping the pretty mirror I had bought to resell by parting with the print.
After two coats of Antoinette Chalk Paint®, I lightly distressed the frame to reveal a bit of the old gold underneath.  I chose not to wax this piece, for a couple of reasons.  It isn't necessary to wax something that is going to hang on the wall and not be handled frequently.  I decided I liked the mat finish in contrast with the other pieces in the room that I have painted and waxed...more on that later!
Now for that mirror painting tip!  When it's not possible to remove a mirror or glass from a frame (or you just don't want to take the time to do so!), try wedging strips of heavy paper (think poster board, cardstock or index card weight...not printer paper) between the glass/mirror and frame.  I have found that this works so much better than even painters tape!  It pulls out easily and doesn't tear.  There's also no paint mess to scrape in the end!  This works for glass paneled cabinet doors as well!
I am so glad that I finally decided to rescue this sad old mirror from collecting anymore dust at the thrift store!  I think it looks right at home in our family room now!  I have another project in the works for this room that I hope to share next week! 
Have a lovely day!  Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

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mariondee-designs said...

It was just meant to come home with you.. I love it! take care, Maryann

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Beautiful mirror... It turned out great!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That mirror looks beautiful. I love the color--I have yet to try that color but I am thinking once I get some it will be a favorite. I too use the shoving the paper between the mirror and frame technique--you are right--it works great :) Can't wait to see what's next :)

Barbara Lilian said...

Your painted mirror looks as if it was meant to hang on that wall above your lovely sofa.
I have an very old oval gold gilded mirror stashed away in my store-room, I've been hanging onto it for the past 25 yrs wondering if it will ever see day light again, but now I've seen how fabulous yours looks, I'll pluck up courage & give it a coat of Antique white chalk paint. Thanks for the tip about slipping the card in around the edge of the mirror. I think it was the thought of how I would manage to take the mirror out of the frame to paint and get it fitted back in perfectly. That's a little job for me this weekend. Enjoy your weekend

Patricia Krank said...

Hi Amanda - Thanks for the tip about using cardboard slipped between the frame and the mirror to paint. I have quite a few mirrors around my house and I love the color you've painted yours!
Blessings to you my dear,

Faye Rainbolt said...

I Love It!! I love those old fancy mirrors, It looks perfect above your sofa!
Faye @

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

Just beautiful. So on this piece, did you just give it a coat of milk paint without cleaning or bonding agent so you got the natural chipping, or did you use some bonding agent and then sanded some?

Milla said...

That color is so soft. The cardboard tip is a good one. We usually tape the inside edge. Will have to try that tip next. Either way gorgeous mirror. Coming to you from

Amanda said...

Aww! Thanks, Maryann!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Cindy!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Sandy! I look forward to seeing what you do with Antoinette! It's just the loveliest pink!

Amanda said...

Thank you for your kind note, Barbara! I am so glad that my mirror painting tip was useful to someone! I hope your little project was easier than you had thought it would be and that you are happy with the results!

Amanda said...

Hi, Patti! You're welcome! And thank you for the kind comment! Blessings to you as well!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Faye! So nice to hear from you! I am still hoping to get out their to visit your shop soon! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Amanda said...

Hi there! Actually, I used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, so there was no bonding agent needed! After the paint dried, I lightly distressed the edges with a damp cloth to show the gold underneath! Easy as that!

Amanda said...

Hi Milla! Thank you for your kind comment! Have a lovely Easter weekend!


Me encanta, muy shabby.