Friday, July 19, 2013

Maaaaavelous Mirror Makeover #1

I am always trolling for ideas, as I like to keep the décor in my house fresh. I found these incredible mirrors on one such trip. These mirrors were $90 each at the Salvation Army. There were four mirrors total, two of the elaborate and two of the plainer ones. I got a great deal on these on a 50% off all furniture day, so I paid $180 for all four. What I love about these is that they were not cheap plastic or plaster. These were very heavy-duty mirrors you would have to feel yourself to appreciate the heft. I had looked at ZGallerie, West Elm, Horchow, and Pottery Barn. Of course, one can find this type of mirror, but they typically cost $200 or more per mirror. 

I began by sanding, sanding, and sanding some more.

All sanded!! I didn't want to take all the stain off because I wanted some to show through for an antiqued patina effect (or so I hoped).

Next, I used a clean paintbrush to remove any excess sawdust.

The paint I chose is a specialty color in Ms. Stewart's metallic line. Thanks, Martha!!

Time to protect the glass. I love frog tape.....

Now, the stain

Once the paint was dry, I removed paint here and there. Again, for an antiqued effect. For me, it's all trial and error. After trying the fingernail, failing, I found that using the backside of a butter knife worked.....

Here is a close up. 

And lastly, violà!! On my wall in the foyer.

.....And the other in the dining/living area. 

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  1. What great deals you got, and they do look really beautiful and seem to be of great quality. Love what you did with them - congrats! Thank you so much for sharing this at this week's History and Home Link Party on We Call It Junkin - take care! -Dawn

    1. Thank you, Dawn....I was so excited to find them! ❤❤