Friday, September 2, 2011

Mirror, Mirror

Hi There! Trying to sneak a post in before my power goes out again. At least I've had temporary power unlike my neighbors down the street dealing with their sixth day of no power! So, even without power I've been trying to work in some projects. I've been using those sponge applicators and throwing them away so I don't need water for clean up -- resourceful, aren't I? 
So, my first big project was to finish the beautiful antique mirror (above) that I bought to hang above my new mantle. The mirror is made of some sort of resin composite that crumbles easily if knocked against the wall (I found out). To hide the imperfections I decided to paint and antique it to match the mantle. First, I spray painted it with Heirloom White (my fav color spray paint).
After it dried, I mixed three parts glazing medium and one part paint (Coffee Bean). 
I then applied it with my trusty and disposable sponge applicator. 
After applying, I quickly wiped it off in with an old clean rag. 
And, just in case, you get a thin layer of spray paint on your mirror (shame on me), here's how you get it off. Spray glass cleaner and grab one of those plastic pan scrapers (from Pampered Chef) and gently scrape it.
I wanted it to match this antique mantle and I think it actually does.
I will show you how it looks once my husband hangs it (it's super heavy). Warning: that may be a while.
So, I actually completed another's a little mirror I created for a friend who just had a baby. I haven't given it to her yet, but don't think she reads my blog (or has time to read it with a new baby and three other kids). If she does, well, I hope you like it Nicole! I glued the circles on it and painted it to match the nursery...brown and hot pink  (cool colors, don't you think?)
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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that mirror is a stunner!

Darla said...

All of this is beautiful.

Jane said...

I'm just getting caught up on past sorry about the power situation. I know it must be very frustrating but it sounds like you are making the best of it. Your mirror looks beautiful and will be perfect with your mantel.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Both mirrors look great!!! I'm glad you have power now...hope it's permanent!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your antique mirror is fabulous. I love the finish and your mantel is absolutely stunning. Hugs, Marty

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That mantle is just over the top gorgeous! Really love it. The mirror looks just fabulous and I think will be perfect with the mantle!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your antique mirror is positively stunning! And the brown one too cute! You are a very creative gal.

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week!

stacie said...

Mirror looks awesome! Sorry about the forever ending power outage.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous mirror you lucky duck! What a find!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a gorgeous mirror and love your pretty fireplace too!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Donna said...

Wow, your mirror is just gorgeous! And I am impressed that you were able to do it with the power out (hope you don't lose it again!). Your mantle is just stunning! Love, love, love it!! Oh, and thanks for the tip about getting the spray paint off from mirrors, I hate it when that happens!!

Deborah March said...

Love the mirror, and your mantle is PHENOMENAL!!

Deborah (happily visiting from

A Cottage Muse said...

What a stunning mirror!
It is a perfect piece for over that fabulous mantel!

Ellen said...

What a beautiful fireplace and the mirror is a perfect companion.

gail said...

very pretty mirrors! Love how the old one matches the mantel now.
Here's hoping things are back to normal by now.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The mirror turned out beautifully, Renee! Heirloom White is one of my "go to" colors, too. : ) I think it will look great over your fireplace.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Okay I apparently have missed a gazillion of your posts :( sorry. So be prepared for some comments!! Love the mirror, gorgeous!!