A Mirror Makeover

Another tiny change that happened during our study renovation is a makeover of an old mirror that belonged to my mother.

Originally it was a part of a bedroom suite, but now, many years later, this mirror is all that remains.

It’s been stored in a closet for years. Every time I would try to hang it somewhere, I wouldn’t be happy with it’s dark reddish finish, and always ended up taking it down.

Here’s what the mirror looked like before it’s makeover.

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This little makeover was probably the quickest redo that I’ve ever done, taking less than two hours to complete.

This is what the mirror looks like finished.

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I pulled out my stash of Pure  & Original paint, and chose a very pale blue, called Lagoon Water. Because the painted area wasn’t very large, I didn’t use any layering of colors. I only used one color, keeping it very simple.

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A Mirror Makeover | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

The mirror has raised detail all the way around that had old gilding on it.

I wanted to keep that detailing, so I used a small 1” artist’s brush to paint in and around that detail.

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At the top of the mirror was an area that always made me think that something should be added there.

And 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.

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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.

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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.

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Then I just used Mod Podge to adhere 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 close.

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The colors in the print were perfect for the color of the mirror, and I loved the subject matter behind this beautiful art.

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I wanted to enhance the gilding on the mirror because it had dulled over time, so I used Rub n Buff in antique gold and lightly went over the top of the gilded areas.

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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.

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A Mirror Makeover | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

The end result was perfect, and I love it’s new look.

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 (on special until 09/30/17: $39.60 for 25.4 fl. oz, coverage about 220 sq ft). *I’m obsessed with this wax!!                                                                                                                                                       Rub n Buff in antique gold                                                                                                                         Mod Podge

On a personal note: We have been nervously watching Hurricane Irma and praying for our two boys that are in South Florida. One is right outside of Miami in Pembroke Pines, and the other is in Sarasota. They are both sheltering in place and have prepared very well, but this mama has been a nervous wreck! As of this writing, Jared (in Pembroke Pines) was experiencing very strong winds, rain, downed trees, and a lot of tornado warnings. He’s also lost power. Tyler (in Sarasota) has moved a little further inland to a more secure home and is waiting for the eye of Irma to arrive later this evening, and he has also lost power. Thankfully, they both still have cell service and we are able to check on them periodically to calm our worries. I know so many of you have been affected by this monster storm, and we are praying for all of you. I may be getting little sleep tonight until I know that our boys are out of harms way. 

Update: 10:00 p.m. CST (09/10/17)….We’ve been in contact with both boys and they are both safe. Both have lost power, but that’s the least of our worries. Thankfully, they are through the worst of Hurricane Irma and we will see what the morning brings as far as any property damage.



69 thoughts on “A Mirror Makeover

  1. Love this transformation. I think it might be one of my favorites. So glad your boys are safe. We moved into our Tuscan home on the ranch. Was able to use some of my things, but still when I see what you have done, I still prefer your look!

  2. OMGoodness, Cindy you did an AMAZING job! The mirror is just gorgeous now and I am sure your dear Mother is so happy you brought it back to life! I am also glad to hear your boys are OK. My son lives in Ft. Lauderdale and evacuated to Ga. where he still is….going a little stir crazy:) Thanking God none of our friends or relatives had major damage.

    • Thank you, Pinky! My sweet mama would love the new look! She loved changing things up and was always making over something! We are so grateful that our boys are ok, and I know you’re worried about yours! Irma has left so much destruction! Praying for your sweet boy!

      • Cindy, he is fine and the house is OK just alot of debris in the yard. No power yet so he went to a friends last night who has power to sleep. Counting our blessings that he was spared any real loss!!!!

      • Oh, Pinky, so glad to hear that he’s safe! The power being lost and debris in the yard are just minor inconveniences, and can be fixed. I know you are relieved!

  3. Fabulous makeover, Cindy and I’m so glad your boys are safe. We still have power, but not sure it will stay on. We are experiencing strong gusts and we have one very large old tree that has fallen over into two other trees holding it up. They may not last. Our power went out for a minute and I was sure that was it, but it came back on quickly to our surprise. Still have strong gust until around 11 pm.

  4. Grateful to God that your sons are physically okay…no electricity is a huge inconvenience which brings problems of its own, and things are temporal, but lives are most important. 🙂 The mirror is beautiful…as all your work is, Cindy! I love your creativity in using the Old Masters artwork…gorgeous! So, I also have a Q for you: Would you recommend P&O paint for kitchen cabinets? I rec’d their color sample sheet a couple mos ago, and love their colors options. I AM going to use some type of chalk paint, but haven’t seen many reviews on the P&O paint, yet their Classico mixture sounds enticing. 🙂 Just curious of your thoughts/recommendation? Thank you!

  5. Cindy, So glad your boys are safe. And..you could not have found a more perfect mirror to enhance that chest! It just looks beautiful there. What a difference a few hours make. I am always amazed ~ and delighted ~ at the power of paint.

  6. Cindy…so relieved your boys are ok. Because Florida was so well prepared, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Love the mirror makeover–stunning! It’s even better because it was a family heirloom. We have finally learned to keep things from the past instead of getting rid of them. Hugs, Pat

  7. Pretty mirror make over. Our entire church, as are many I’m sure, prayed for all those in the hurricane’s path as well as those who are affected by the immense fires in Montana and in Canada’s western provinces. Prayers to all in need.

  8. First off…so glad your boys are ok!!! Having been thru ‘Sandy’ I know how worried you must have been. The mirror? Well…let me just say that it is one of the most stunning transformations I have ever seen. Thank you for taking us step by step thru the process…it gave me the motivation to try perhaps one day try something similar! (As soon as I saw the mirror I was wondering how the ‘artwork’ came to be….I loved how you used a photo from a book!!!)

  9. It is indeed gorgeous! You have brought this beautiful mirror back to life. What a great idea to place that portion of the print in that area. Your mom is smiling with great pleasure at what you had done to preserve this mirror! Got to get some of that paint and wax! Beautiful job Cindy and so happy that the boys are safe and sound!!!

    • Thank you, Shirley! Yes, my sweet mama would love this makeover! She was always re-doing things and loved to change things up. You will love this liquid Italian wax, it is so easy to work with! I will never use a paste wax again! We’re very grateful the boys are both safe and with minimal property damage, which can be fixed. I’m so happy to hear that your family came through it safely, as well!

  10. The mirror is beautiful . You do wonderful work. I would love to live in your house! So happy your boys are safe. Have a blessed day….Gail

  11. First…thank God your boys are safe!! You are so amazing what you can do! I would have just stored that mirror….it is beautiful!! Love your vignette on chest. Mirror looks great with chest. Talent!

  12. Good morning Cindy! You have the Midas touch! The mirror looks wonderful and perfect in your beautiful study!! I could live in that room!!
    Good to hear your sons are both OK!!

  13. Sitting here during the storm of “IRMA” and happy that I still have power! Love the mirror – AND – was wondering about your curtain rods holding your darling checked panels. Please tell me where I might purchase the rods?
    Blessings and Thanks.

  14. I love how you have a natural flair for painting furniture. I get intimidated just at the thought of painting a piece of furniture. The mirror just lovely.

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