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