Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mirror Makeover

I'm sorry I don't have any before shots of this mirror.

I think you can picture it.

A large "over a dresser" mirror. Probably at least 50 years old. Done in maple.

Heavy, I mean really heavy.

We picked it up at a sale.

We transformed it with a new paint technique.

Inspired by the always amazing Marian at Miss Mustard Seed,
we started with a coat of creamy white paint.

Then we added some French Grey (Behr) to the piece. We also added a great light blue (I believe it is Beach House by Benjamin Moore).

After that we used Marian's special "recipe" for glaze.

Start with the Ralph Lauren f aux glaze and have it tinted with Behr's Espresso Bean.

We used a toothbrush dipped in glaze to get into the details of the carved portion of the mirror.

The results were truly amazing.

We can't wait to use the very same treatment on a china hutch that is sitting in our work area now.

Note to self: TAKE BEFORE SHOTS as soon as we bring new pieces home.

Don't you just love the results of this technique?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend blog friends.

I'm linking up to Kelli's Restore It Wednesday with this one.

Hop on over to see some great projects.


  1. THAT is gorgeous! Bet it sells in a flash. So glad you shared the 'how-to' to get my hands on a great piece and try this for myself!

  2. You put a wonderful finish on this mirror, Cori! Love the gray/blue...
    ~ Sue

  3. Hi Cori, your mirror turned out so grand looking. I even like it atop the small bench :). Blessings, Kim

  4. Cori,
    You did a beautiful job on this beautiful mirror...great color!!!


  5. That finish looks amazing! Isn't it easy, too? You really did a wonderful job.

  6. Oh it turned out so lovely! Good job! Can't wait to see what else you have in store. -K


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