Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mirror Makeover II - Another Technique

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This is another technique I use to paint my mirrors. The photo above is the "after" I didn't take a "before" picture but it was a glitzy gold. I bought this mirror on sale for $15 at Marshalls. First step is to spray paint it white.
Put a small amount of some craft paint in a bowl.  I used Folk Art brand in "Nutmeg" Add water to the paint to dilute it.
Paint a small area of the frame with the glaze (watered-down paint mixture). Wipe off the excess until there is just the right amount left to your liking. I use a paper towel but you could also use a rag.


If you get too much paint down in the crevices push the paper towel down with the back of the paint brush to remove some.
After this dried I used the same technique I showed you last week with the Rub 'n Buff to add some more color to the high areas. Click here to see that.
That's it! All done!  You can use this technique on a lot of different things...furniture, lamps, frames, etc.

If you have any questions, I'll answer them in the comments section.

37 comments:

Ms Mick said...

Cindy,
Looks beautiful just like everything else you have posted!!

I saw a comment that your Armoire is being featured in Victoria??? If, so..Congrads AGAIN, you are vastly becoming a Blogebrity!!! if there is such a word.
Jackie

Beverly said...

It looks great. Thanks for the lesson.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

This is my favorite thus far! I just wonder.....if I try this.....It will probably turn out a clumpy mess...but I will give it try.....I can do it....I can do it :-) Rosie

Anonymous said...

~Hi Cindy, I don't have a question but just wanted to say. Of course a great Job you did on the mirror. Your so awesome!!!! :)

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Cindy, It is beautiful.
I do have a question, is there a difference in this craft paint and Rub a Buff? I can buy the craft paint but the Rub and Buff I would have to buy on line,because I have never seen it.
Thank-you
ginger

Blue Castle said...

I love your blog. I just used your rub and buff technique on a mirror I painted this weekend. Only I painted it orange. :) I really enjoy reading all your ideas and seeing your projects.

OKGardners said...

I LOVE that! I have my Mom's old antique mirror that I'm going to try this on.

Thanks!

Betty in Oklahoma

JoAnne said...

Very pretty. I used to just look past all the glitzy gold items in the store. I am going to have to start giving them a second look.

Donna Kay said...

Thank you for all your tutorials - I am a very visual person - I just have to SEE things being done...you do a great job!!! I am really scared to do anything like this...but I guess I am going to have to just jump out and give it a try.

Simply Me Art said...

Gorgeous and I think I could handle that technique. I so Love Marshalls.

Rue said...

Oh Cindy!! I didn't even look at your post because I'm so excited for you!! YAY!! Are you going to do it??? I hope so! Do it for me because I'm such a chicken LOL

Seriously, you are perfect for this. You're beautiful and so very talented :) Let me know what you are going to do, okay?

Big celebratory hugs!
rue :)

Charlotte said...

This technique is beautiful too. Thanks for the tip.

bj said...

This is my very favorite of all the mirrors, I think. Very nice, indeed...Now, I am going to try it....if I mess up my mother's mirror, I can repaint....Thanks for the tips you give us....
hugs, bj

Dolly said...

Hi Cindy,
I have also used other colors to antique with!
Like white over pink or minty green! Even pink over white!

Ladies you don't have to use just brown for antiqueing!
Get creative and experiment!

Thanks Cindy!
Hugz,
Dolly

Rosemary~ said...

Hi Cindy,
Love the mirrow. Do you ever get tired? LOL! I was wondering, is that the tile on your kitchen countertop that the mirror is laying on? I am looking to change my countertop (plain beige formica) and so many use the granite...but I love the look of the tile. Thanks~Rosemary

Lizzie said...

I love your mirror- beautiful! And your tutorial was nice and easy to follow too!

Don't you know my favorite way to have yogurt is with berries and granola, too? And the vanilla flavored yogurt is so yummy with it. Hmmm...

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Cindy!

You never cease to amaze me, the mirror is beautiful! :o) I so enjoy your lovely blog...thanks for sharing.

Smiles...

Beverly

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Hi,
Thanks for sharing the painting technique! looks beautiful!
Im going to go read more,
smiles,
Sandy

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
I've been a newby to your blog, but so excited to have joined it! i've learned alot from all your amazing jobs you've done, & thank you so much for all your ideas, can't wait to get started on them, i may be brave enough to even take digitals to show you sometime in the future, wish me luck! Cindy M.

Anonymous said...

The mirror is beautiful, I like both techniques. Can't wait to try them. You are very creative and talented. You go girl!

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

It looks great but then wouldn't expect anything else from you.

Hugs,
LeAnn :)

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Another lovely project!! I have a large gold mirror in my bathroom that I have started thinking may need a little updating. It's a lovely gold, but I think the white frames look so fresh and elegant....huuummmmm..xoxo ~ Joy

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Cindy, I love that technique! Your mirror looks lovely...
Penny

Siobhan said...

Fantasic, I love the way your mirror turned out.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Cindy!
Beautiful mirror makeover! I love doing projects like that, there's something so refreshing to see the finished product and the awesome changes!!
Hugs, Sherry

Susie Q said...

Just so lovely Cindy! You have a true gift and are aways one of my inspirations! This mirror looks fabulous!

Love,
Sue

Glenda said...

I tried this one time and like a ding dong forgot to add water to the paint. Can we say dummy.
Well someday I'll learn.

The mirror turned out great.
Stop by my site and see the mirror that I thought you would love.

Glenda

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Fantastic Cindy, we do have that folk art paint here in Australia but I am not sure what RUB AND BUFF is? Can you let me know so I might find a similar product over here? thanks hon!
Alicia ~ time worn style

Jen r. said...

Oh I love the folk art shade, I use it a lot! Great make over and tutorial. The pictures are really nice. Jen R

Tracie said...

Cindy,

I love this ~ thank you for sharing. I saw a piece last week at TJ Maxx that would be great for this. It's probably long gone, but maybe I'll check and see. I think even I could do this project!

~Tracie

SK and Family said...

That is beautiful!

amy said...

Thanks for sharing!

Alice W. said...

I have never thought of that! Thank you for sharing!

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Anonymous said...

Cindy,
Thank you so much!! I can't wait to try it on this ornate plaque I have!

C.J. said...

Hi Cindy, after looking at your mirror I decided to get an old one out of my cellar, and am trying to redo it. It is not finished yet but am on my way to ac moore to get some rub and buff, if you want to see my progress(?) lol go to my blog. Thanks for the tips, just hope mine turns out 1/2 as gorgeous as yours. Thanks again, Carol

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