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groan response time to my “Hey Babes??” call! hahahaha 😀
Since I feel really blessed to have finally found such a great web hosting company, I thought I should carry on with the “blessing” theme and share my latest project, Ornate Mirror Makeover, with you.
I found this ornate mirror on Craigslist for $80 last winter, and I was thrilled when the seller said okay to my $50 offer, as the mirror was in great shape. It had no scratches and no broken parts, so other than it’s color, it was in perfect condition…I knooow…there is nothing wrong with gold and silver, but you know me: I like to use them moderately, not all over.
After storing this beautiful mirror in our basement for over 6 months, I decided to give it a makeover in October. I didn’t have a vision when I started working on it, so as usual, I just started with taking the mirror out and getting the frame ready for painting.
Once I took the mirror out, I decided to replace it with a metal chalkboard. With that initial plan, I wanted to paint the frame with Old White, so it would have a nice contrast with the black chalkboard. Using my homemade chalk paint recipe for my paint sprayer, I prepared the chalk paint…
Since the frame had a lot of nooks and swirls, I sprayed it with 4 very thin coats of my homemade chalk paint, because with thin coats, the paint won’t build up in the nooks. Besides, the thinner the coat, the quicker it dries.
After painting, I carried the frame to our garage as I was planning to get back to it the next day. But of course, I got distracted with all the Halloween and Christmas projects, so that next day didn’t arrive till last weekend. Since the mirror waited too long in the garage, it gathered a little bit of dust. But the paint was in great condition, as it was totally cured. I wiped the frame with a damp cheesecloth to get the dust off of it and waited for it to dry.
Next, I started waxing it with Annie Sloan clear wax.
While waxing it, I realized the frame was a little bit too plain. You know…like way-too-white kind of plain. I thought it could do with a little bit more color, so I grabbed my Rub’n Buff Autumn Gold and European Gold waxes and mixed them in a 1:1 ratio…
…and I started adding highlights to the ornate.
During this step, I changed my plan about turning it into a chalkboard. Instead, I wanted to keep it as a mirror, but with a little twist…I was going to stencil the mirror with this Irish blessing which I love.
As I always have a hard time placing stencils on oval shaped surfaces, I decided to put the mirror back into its frame, so I could use the frame as a reference for the stencil placement. But first, I cleaned my mirror. After placing it back into the frame…
I secured the back with my Logan Dual Point Driver.
Next, I taped a piece of string on the frame to create a middle line, and using that middle line as a reference, I placed my stencil on the oval mirror.
Here’s a hint for the stencil: if you are using re-positionable adhesive backed vinyl for your stencils, then make sure the vinyl isn’t too sticky, otherwise taking the stencil off of a smooth surface like a mirror or a window can become an issue and may even ruin your project. As you can see from the picture above, I started of with my usual black vinyl, but after seeing that removing the stencil would also likely remove some paint and leave a sticky mess that would need to be scraped (which would also scrape off some of the stenciled letters), I switched to my less sticky stencil vinyl, as seen in the picture below.
After placing the stencil, I also covered the over-spray area. Then I grabbed my frosted glass spray and sprayed the mirror with a thin coat. I waited about 8-10 minutes and sprayed the mirror once again with another thin coat of frosted glass spray. I waited about 8-10 minutes again, then slowly and carefully removed the stencil.
Normally I give longer breaks between coats when I spray paint, but this time I needed the paint to be a little workable when I took the stencil off…you know, just in case the paint bled under the stencil. Luckily, there were only 2 small areas where the paint had bled, and I easily corrected it with a razor blade.
And here is our ornate mirror! Not bad at all, is it?
I am so happy that I chose the frosted glass spray to stencil the Irish blessing. It is subtle and gives a beautiful etched-glass effect!
Here are some close-up pictures for you to see the details.
My babes, the beefcake. Pffffft! I’ve seen bigger muscles on a seafood platter! hahahaha 😀 I know, I know, the things on the platter are mussels, but I just couldn’t resist 😉
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