Hello beautiful friends! I’m so glad you’re here! Today I’ve got a gilded mirror makeover to share with you. This mirror is one of only four pieces left in this huge haul!
I found it at the thrift store for $20:
I wouldn’t normally spend that much on a mirror at the thrift store, but I loved the curvy details on it!
Let’s get to it!
I like to start mirror makeovers by removing the mirror. This one was particularly heavy and I just prefer to remove them and set them aside for safe keeping. Plus, I like to paint the back of the frame that will be reflected in the mirror.
This one had a wood backing that was nailed in place. I used a small pry bar to lift it up and remove the nails:
Then, it had these triangular wood pieces on the inside securing the mirror in place, typical of older mirrors:
I pried those up with a putty knife.
It’s a good idea to keep all the pieces you remove from a project together in case you need to reuse them. I just use this old bowl…
A Ziploc bag works too.
Once I had the mirror removed and stashed in a safe place, I gave the frame a good sanding. It had a ton of nicks and scratches, so I tried to sand those smooth as much as possible:
Next, I gave it a good vacuum with my shop vac and then cleaned it to prep it for paint.
White Lightning is my go-to cleaner for prepping for paint. It comes in a powder, and I mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water for most projects:
I mixed half that for this mirror and the three lamps I shared on Thursday.
These terry cloth pads are perfect for the job.
Then, I swapped my water out for clean water and wiped down once more to remove any residue.
BOSS for bleedthrough
This older red wood typically will bleed through your paint. It appears as pink splotches in your paint finish.
To prevent that, I first applied BOSS in Clear:
I usually use the white formula since I paint in white so often, but no white today!
I let that sit overnight. BOSS works best with ample dry time.
The next day, it was time for paint, and I chose one of my favorite colors, Dixie Belle’s Antebellum Blue:
I totally could have gotten away with one coat, but I gave it two. Once the paint was dry, I didn’t even sand to smooth it out this time, it looked so good!
A tiny transfer addition
I decided to add a bit of transfer from the Somewhere in France transfer:
I had one sheet left over from this dresser redo, and I cut just one line from the bottom of it to add to this open space on the mirror:
Wax to seal
I buffed it in and removed any excess with a clean, soft cloth:
I mentioned this the other day since I often get asked about which sealer I prefer:
Satin Clear Coat is my go-to for most furniture pieces because wax can be a bit labor intensive to apply over larger surfaces. I also think the Clear Coat is easier to clean, but it can pool in the details on smaller pieces since it is a liquid. So, for those smaller decor projects with details, I still like to use wax, and I keep both sealers on hand.
Finally, it was time to highlight all those gorgeous details, and I did that with Gold Gilding Wax:
Gilding Wax is oil-based, so you want to do this step last.
Lastly, I put everything back together and then painted the back to to match the front.
Here is how this mirror looks now:
I’m calling it a gilded mirror makeover and I know that sounds like a gold leaf mirror, but gold gilding wax gives a similar yet more subdued effect.
That one line of transfer was just enough to add a little something extra!
And I just love how the gilding wax accentuates all these gorgeous details!
I took it all around the border…
And here you can see what is reflected in the mirror around the edge of the frame is the same color and not the old wood, since I took the time to remove the mirror and paint that area on the back…
What a different look for this mirror, right?
I hope you enjoyed this one!
In Etsy shop news, now ALL DIXIE BELLE PAINTS are available in 4oz sizes!!
The release of the Chalk Mineral Paint in this smaller size was so successful, that Dixie Belle has released this size for every paint line, including the Moonshine Metallics, Silk Mineral Paint, and the new Terra Clay Paint line!
They are the perfect size…
- If you just want to test a color before committing to a larger size.
- For the smalls. One of these can easily paint a jewelry box, a frame, etc.
- For playing with custom color mixes!
- For blending with multiple colors…so much more affordable now!
Visit my Etsy Shop HERE!
You’ll find the new 4oz sizes now as an option under each paint listing.
- I’ve also added seven Redesign with Prima stencils…see them all HERE, plus several brand new Redesign transfers will drop on January 25th! There are some pretty ones on the way!
If you ever have any questions at all about products, your projects, etc, please feel free to reach out. You can email me via the Contact Me tab at the top menu, far right, on desktop, or in the drop down menu on mobile! Or, just respond to one of my emails. 🙂
And that is one project closer to being done with this haul!!
If you’ve missed any so far, you can see all of these makeovers at the links below!
I’ve started on the final flatware box in this haul, so I’ll be back with it on Tuesday:
UPDATE: See how I updated this pretty box HERE now!
See y’all then!
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