I also squeezed in a small painting project that is now gracing my [newly de-Christmased] vintage winter mantel. Yes, that’s right. I admit it. I’m one of those people who procrastinates about Christmas removal, but I’m almost done.
Once I removed the Christmas decorations, I was faced with a completely empty mantel. I knew I wanted to incorporate my Staffordshire dogs because I’ve been missing them lately. (I’ve had them “stored” away for a year or so.)
Since they’re white, I began thinking of other white pieces I might have on hand, like this white Chrysanthemum wreath that I made last year for Valentine’s Day (minus the red ribbon & heart bunting).
And the white French door I bought at a garage sale this past summer. I’ve noticed other winter mantels making use of mercury glass accessories, so I pulled mine out.
I got to this point, after spending an hour cleaning up the French door, which was covered with dust and grime, and realized, I was going to need more than just a wreath to finish it off.
So I remembered this vintage, gold gilt mirror I had stored out in the garage, another summer buy. But it wasn’t quite the look I was after.
I liked the size, and the floral embellishments were lovely, but I did not care for the brownish-gold tone against the white. So I decided to paint it.
I gave it two quick coats of Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in “Lace” and let it dry overnight.
The next day, I sanded the edges to give the piece a nicely aged look.
And I sanded the high points of the floral embellishments as well. For the final step, I applied a coat of paste wax (I used Minwax Finishing Wax), let it sit for 10 minutes, and then buffed it with some cheese cloth.
I think painting the vintage mirror winter white made all the difference. And if I want to make it special for Valentine’s Day, I can simply add pink or red accents here and there.
I’m so glad to have my dogs back in the room. They were a special gift from an American friend living in England at the same time as us. She knew I wanted a pair, and she scored a great deal on these at an auction.
[Are you politely ignoring the dust strand stretching from the spaniel’s chin to his chest? Have I mentioned that dusting is not on my list of favorite chores?]
And I discovered how much I like my [faux] mercury glass with white.
Layering the window, mirror, and wreath creates some interest and depth, while centering the mirror/wreath and placing similarly “weighted” pieces on each side, gives it a sense of balance.
The varied heights also adds to the interest and keeps your eye moving along the length of the mantel. Welcome winter white, I think I love you.
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