Are you ready for a mirror makeover?
When we were finishing up with our study renovation, I was looking for a mirror to hang over the petite french chest between the two windows. I remembered that I had an old mirror in the attic that had once belonged to my mother. I’ve carried it with us through all of our moves over the last twenty years, never hanging it because it didn’t fit my style, but not wanting to get rid of it because of my sentimental attachment.
Originally, the mirror was a part of a bedroom suite, but now, many years later, this mirror is all that remains.
Over the years, every time I would try to hang it somewhere, I wouldn’t be happy with it’s dark reddish finish, and I would always end up taking it down, and putting it in storage. As you can see in this “before” photo, it has beautiful frenchy lines and detail, but it was in desperate need of a makeover.
This little makeover was probably the quickest redo that I’ve ever done, taking less than two hours from start to finish.
In this photo, you can see the “after”.
I began by pulling out my stash of Pure & Original paint, and chose a very pale blue color, called Lagoon Water. Because the painted area wasn’t very large, I didn’t use any layering of colors. I kept it very simple by only using one color.
The mirror has raised detail all the way around with an old gilded finish.
I wanted to keep that detailing, so I used a small 1” artist’s brush to paint in and around the carved scrolls and beading.
At the top of the mirror was an area that always made me think that something should be added there.
Since I was making this mirror over, I decided that now was the time to embellish this blank space with a bit of art, something that would resemble a painting.
I had an old an old coffee table book that I had picked up at an estate sale several years ago. It was filled with book plates of old master’s paintings.
Inside I found a partial print of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes c1519 by Raphael.
I used a section of this print and molded it into the empty spot at the top of the mirror and then cut it out to the correct shape.
Using Mod Podge, I adhered it in place.
There’s a tiny section of trim at the top that’s been missing for years, but with the added gilding, it’s not noticeable unless you look closely.
The colors in the print were perfect for the color of the mirror, and I loved the subject matter behind this beautiful art.
Because the original gilding had dulled over the years, I used Rub n Buff in antique gold, highlighting the detailed areas.
The last step was a coat of clear Italian liquid wax, letting it dry (which doesn’t take long at all), and buffing it to a low sheen.
The end result was perfect, and I love it’s new look. I’m so happy that finally, after all of these years, my precious mama’s mirror has found a place in our home.
It looks splendid in my new office/study!
SOURCE LIST:(may contain affiliate links) Paint: Pure & Original Classico Paint in color Lagoon Water Wax: Pure & Original Italian Wax Rub n Buff in antique gold Mod Podge