Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mirror Image

I found this beauty of a mirror for twelve dollars
at the thrift store a few weeks ago.
(Yeah, that's my hand and camera in the reflection. Argh!)
The paper backing had been removed and there was a stamp on the wood frame. The stamp said: Made in Belgium Sep 1928. The mirror is showing it's age (aren't we all?), but overall, it's in pretty good shape for it's eighty years.
I'm not a gold kinda gal so I felt the need to give it a makeover (I wish someone felt the need to give me a makeover!). Don't worry, there was gold paint remnants on the mirror indicating that this wasn't it's first redo.

I masked out the mirror using junk mail,
making sure to slip the paper
under the frame
to prevent painting the glass.
I painted it a rich black.Once the paint was cured,
I used Rub 'n Buff in a silver tone
to highlight the details.
I'm lovin' the finished project.I just need to the perfect place to hang it.

20 comments:

Darlene said...

You know right now I am lovin' the black paint...I am wanting to paint everything in my house black...lol The mirror turned out BEAUTIFULLY!! When you use the Rub'n Buff you just used your finger to rub it on the details?? Then you wipe off any excess??

Kathleen Grace said...

A great find and a beautiful transformation!

Joy said...

I usually just use my fingers when I use Rub'n Buff, but that bead detailing is tiny and my fingers aren't, so I used a stiff bristled brush. You usually don't have to rub off any excess because it's kinda thick and waxy so you can control the amount you put on.

Valarie said...

Thats really pretty! You did a great job. :)

Blanca said...

Lovely. What a great transformation can't wait to see where it ends up.

Blanca

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Yet another beautiful project!

Anna @ Rusty Cottage said...

Oh Joy, I love what you did with the mirror. I purchased some rub n buff for some of my thrift store finds last week and cannot wait to use it. I had never heard of it until I read about it over at My Romantic Home. Very cool stuff! I will post pictures when I finally get to use mine. God bless you!

weston'smommy said...

That mirror is gorgeous. I too am not a gold person. The black looks much better.

Susie Harris said...

Ohhhhh love a good find like that...it looks so rich done in the black.... Susie h~

Sandra said...

That is a great find and I love the black. I'm not a gold kinda person either :)

tricia said...

You've done a beautiful job, its just gorgeous!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

looks wonderful! I did a whole wall of black mirrors that have been recently moved to my bathroom!

My Beautiful Mess..... said...

That is an amazing find and you turned it BEAUTIFUL!!

Taddie Tales said...

Oh My - what a fabulous find. And you made it look so beautiful. Please post a pic when you find it's new home. It looks like a $200.00 mirror now!

Such talent you have!

Mrs. Trixi said...

Your mirror looks great. What a great find!!!

Gretchen said...

Joy, I love your finished mirror. What is rub-n-buff? I keep reading about it on blogs but I've never seen it.

Thanks, Gretchen

Joy said...

Gretchen,
Rub'n Buff has been around for years. I remember my mom using it. It comes in a metal tube about 2 inches long, but a little goes a loooong way. It has a wax base. It comes in most metallic colors, as well as black and white. It's hard to find, but there are a few craft stores that carry it.
You apply it with your finger tip or a brush. It has a consistency of a thick liquid like toothpaste. The metallics look better than any paint you can find.
(I sound like I could be a salesperson for this product)

Bonnie the Boss said...

It really is beautiful. Never used rub and buff! I might have to give it a shot. You could do a tutorial for us.

Pam said...

Beautiful. I love it.

Catherine Holman said...

Wow! What an exciting find! I like the black much better.
Catherine

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