Y’know how sometimes people blog and they say “Oh haha this was LAST WEEKEND! I’m so far behind! lollerskates!“.
Well, y’all know I have to be an overachiever – because I’m not just “regular-behind” on blogging, I’m “REALLY-freaking-behind.”
A super-awesome refinished and refurbished bedroom accent piece.
Because I’m me, I photographed the whole process so I could show y’all how.
(It’s just that it was 8 months till I got around to actually doing that)
Then I carefully ringed the inside of the mirror with masking tape, being sure not to overlap onto the gold, OR to leave any glass exposed at the edge.
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That’s just a plain black semi-gloss finish, in the smallest can that Lowe’s had.
It’s kind of hard to describe how I did it – with all the nooks and crannies on the carving, I wanted some of the stuff to gather into the corners but I didn’t want it to look gloppy or heavy-handed. I *did* cover every square inch of the frame, but I let a bit more accumulate in the valleys of the carving. I just gave the flat (hammered-looking) areas a once-over, using a circular buffing sort of shape to apply it so the finished product wouldn’t be streaky.
It was the most labor-intensive part of the process – maybe 45 minutes?
When it was completely dry, I slooooowly and carefully started peeling off the paper and masking tape.
I was really nervous at this step – had no confidence that I’d really sealed the mirror completely.
1 old mirror or picture frame (preferably from your husband’s grandma, via your in-laws’ garage)
masking tape or painter’s tape
4-5 grocery bags
3 rags (at least one of non-textured cotton)
1 can silver spray paint
1 small can black enamel
1 can clear gloss
6 cans Diet Coke
Thoroughly clean mirror or frame. Line face of mirror with tape. Cut grocery bags to fit mirror face and tape down, being sure to cover *entire* glass surface but none of frame. Spray paint frame with 2 coats of silver paint, letting frame dry in between coats. Using a non-textured rag, apply a small amount of black enamel to the frame, allowing for accumulation in crevices. Let dry. Spray frame with clear gloss. Let dry. Remove paper and tape, hang on wall and admire.