Hi everyone! I hope you had a good week-end. Last week I finished making over a vintage mirror I bought a couple of months ago. Nothing too complicated about it, but I took one misstep along the way (boo). I’m very pleased with the final results though.
Lately I’ve been admiring mantels I’ve seen on various blogs that have used French-inspired, gold gilt mirrors.
I discovered this lovely-shaped mirror at a garage sale with a $20.00 price tag on it. I loved the shape, but was not so thrilled with the frame color–kind of muddy gold with white highlights.
The bow seemed to have some brighter gold highlights, but it didn’t help much. I’m not quite sure what the white highlights are all about. I offered $15.00 for it and happily, the seller agreed.
I wanted the frame to be gold, but not super shiny, so I thought I’d try acrylic craft paint rather than spray paint, which tends to result in that shiny look I wanted to avoid.
Thinking I was being very clever, and hoping I’d only need to apply one coat of paint, I decided to whip up some homemade chalk paint. I mixed the craft paint with a little unsanded grout and applied it to the frame. While it gave great coverage, it unfortunately resulted in a severely toned-down color–a dark taupe that was not in the least bit attractive. (Sorry, no photo.) The chalky grout had the effect of draining all the gold-ness out of the paint. Not so clever now, right?
Luckily, I had enough gold paint left over to apply another coat, and I was very pleased with the result. If I had skipped the make-your-own-chalk-paint step, this makeover would truly have been “fabulously simple.” I guess there’s always a next time, right?
Here you see the mirror sitting on my mantel. Eventually, I do intend to hang it and style it a bit more.
I’m happy that my Staffordshire dogs (a gift from a friend when we lived in England) compliment my “new” mirror so nicely.
I’m going for a simple, but elegant look, and I think the mirror is a good start. What do you think?