4.19.2011

Peeling Mirror Redo



Thanks to everyone for all of the great suggestions on what to do with this mirror. I thought I’d give it a go and try backing it with something.

I took it apart yesterday and it wasn’t too bad. I put on some gloves even though I don’t think it was old enough to have any issues with the backing. I used a plastic scraper and just got off all the loose stuff. Cleaned layers of dirt off the front of it.

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Here is the before:oldmirror

Here is the after:
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I just took some leftover paint from my dining room and lightly brushed it on. I wanted the dark gold to still be in the nooks and crannies. Then I just topped it with a bit of white glaze.

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I had some sheet music from my friend Maureen. The lyrics happened to be about the sea. I thought that was appropriate. I just glued the sheets to a piece of cardboard so I could slip it in or change it out to something else down the road.

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See what is peaking out?  ….will sail today…

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So what do you think? Do you like the color or should I have left it alone? It’s only paint, I can always sand it back or paint it another color.


Linking up with:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesday’s Treasures
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Domestically Speaking: Power of Paint 
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Weds.

see ya,

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59 comments:

  1. Leave it alone!!!! It is stunning. I really really like it. The sheet music was a perfect idea and the frame paint job is fabulous.

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  2. That sheet music makes it interesting artwork. Nice!

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  3. What an incredible transformation

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  4. Absolutely stinkin' brilliant!!! My jaw dropped. I think it is perfect as is.

    Now where can I go find a scrungy mirror....

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  5. Anita, Your idea for the sheet music--and the music you used--is perfect!! The mirror is gorgeous now!! Love the color of the frame-the details show up so much more. Great job--and I just may have to copy with an old mirror I have waiting for an update in storage...

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  6. it looks awesome!!! i love it! the color is beautiful on the frame, too.

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  7. LOVE LOVE!!!!! Don't change a thing! It turned out fabulous!!!!!!

    xo
    ~K

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  8. It is drop dead gorgeous. A beautiful job don't change a thing.

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  9. Leave it alone!!! Don't touch another thing!!! Oh, it's absolutely perfect perfect perfect!!!!! Wonderful job...I'm so jealous...I want one...;)

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  10. So creative. I absolutely love it. I wouldn't change a thing! Well done.

    Deb

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  11. Wow! That is so gorgeous! Looks like it was meant to be!

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  12. I love it white. The sheet music was a great idea!

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  13. The mirror is gorgeous!! You achieved a perfect look. I love everything about it!!
    Jane

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  14. Did you hear my jaw just hit the ground??!! It is GORGEOUS Anita!! Everything about this is just gorgeous!! Do NOT touch it dear girl, it is perfect!!!!

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  15. Don't touch it! Hands off. it's perfect. What a great idea with the sheet music. You're a magician.

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  16. I think it looks great. I love the sheet music.
    Rhonda

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  17. Can I recant on my previous comment? You had a great vision for this piece. It's gorgeous and so unique! I wouldn't change a thing.
    :D ~M

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  18. AMAZING!! Seriously, Anita, that is stunning and so very lovely. You did a fabulous job on it. The color to me looks perfecto!!

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  19. This came out fantastic. I love it. It is so unique and one of a kind. I would buy that in a store if I saw it. You did a great job and I am sure you will be getting a ton of compliments on this. Its a WOW!

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  20. OMG! That look so good Anita! I love that sheet music behind the glass...it is absolutely perfect.

    ~Tricia

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  21. Anita, there needs to be a new word for beautiful! And gorgeous. Because those two words don't cover it! I LOVE how that turned out! The color on the frame is really pretty. I think you should leave it.

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  22. Ive read a few of the other comments, which, by the way, i dont normally do, so im not influenced by what others say, and my comment is truely my own. I have to say though "stunning" is definately an understatement! Its downright breath taking. What a wonderful idea with the music sheets. It has such a "french/romantic/days-gone by feel to it. Now that uve put the idea in my big Romantic head , i will be looking for an old mirror to do something similar with...........thanks so much for the good inspiration, its so refreshing to run across a blog with a new idea.......ur newest follower, Bonnie

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  23. wow. really. wow. It turned out gorgeous. I love the paint on the frame and I love the use of sheet music under the mirror, it's perfect.
    That is one amazing before and after project.
    Fabulous job.

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  24. You did a really amazing job on this! I love it! Don't change it, it's stunning.

    Suzy xxx

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  25. Definitely leave as is. It's just perfect.

    x

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  26. Anita,
    I LOVE it...the sheet music is just perfect for it and I'm lovin' the new color too!! Thanks for sharing it at NTT.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  27. Oh my Anita, I think it's stunning! What a clever thing to do, great job!

    Nancy

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  28. What a wonderful way to enhancing the missing silvering on this mirror~ the addition of the sheet music was fantastic! The new color is so pretty, as well. What a nice transformation, Anita.
    ~ Sue

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  29. Looks great! I wouldn't change a thing. I am your newest follower.

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  30. I don't think you could have found anything more perfect to use than a song sheet that related to your love of coastal design. This would be perfect hanging above a piano.

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  31. He another altered mirror! Great it looks fab. At least you didn't have to work so hard to get the backing off, all done for you.
    Great choice to use sheet music I love it.

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  32. Oh Anita, I love the way that turned out!! What a great idea! I love how the sheet music peaks through. I want one! The color is perfect too. great vision!

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  33. Love this mirror. What a lovely layering!!! Ok on the Briwax...make sure the paint is cured about 72 hours to be safe. If you work the wax too much it will pull the paint. I brush it on with a chip brush and let sit for about 15-30 min. then buff lightly. Sometimes I do not buff at all...just let it cure. Hope this helps.

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  34. it's FABULOUS, anita. seriously. thank you for visiting me so i could find my way over. what loveliness is here...

    following!

    michele

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  35. gorgeous! what a great idea -i love everything about it - the peeling mirror, music behind and the way you layered the paint on the frame. Great job, thanks for sharing!

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  36. You've stumbled onto something here...we're all going to be out looking for peeling mirrors so we can then do what you've done...which is amazing!

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  37. When I read your initial post the other day I was like, "yeah, best of luck with that one." That mirror looked like a goner. But what you've done with it is stunning! So gorgeous.

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  38. I LOVE what you did with that mirror - it looks sensational! I am so stealing that idea. The sheet music peeking out from behind the mirror gives the effect of looking into the soul of the mirror. FAB idea!

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  39. It's gorgeous, Anita. I love the amount of mirrorness (is that a word? It is now!!) that's left. And the music behind is just a genius touch. The transformation is perfection!!

    Sarahx

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  40. oh, Anita! This is stunning and your photos are gorgeous!!
    xo
    lynn

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  41. Gorgeous! I want a peeling mirror!

    Becky

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  42. Leave it it's gorgeous! I have one very similar I painted white just looking for something to back it with, the sheet music is perfection!

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  43. I'm so glad you didn't throw out that mirror. You nailed it with the finish color and the music, something tells me you won't be changing your mind about this one! Great job!

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  44. This is just fabulous! I love everything about it and wouldn't change a thing. Now I'm going to have to hit the streets tomorrow and see if I can find an old chippy mirror somewhere!

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  45. I think it turned out gorgeous!

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  46. Stopping by to thank your for your kind words over and my place and find such creativity! This is fabulous! And I say leave the paint...love the touch of color. Such a great idea!

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  47. This is so gorgeous. I would come steal it if you lived closer...this is amazing!

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  48. WOW! It's PERFECT!
    504 Main (Holly above) shared this on Facebook. That is how I found you.

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  49. Wow! It's beautiful! I found you through Holly as well. If you put the "before" version of that mirror out on a curbside I have a hunch that dozens of people would pass it by. It takes just one brilliant creative vision, though to see the beauty in a piece wearing this much history, and the person with that gift was you!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  50. I am so doing this one, and I've been online all afternoon trying to figure out how to take the finish off my perfectly nice mirror, LOL...I want to do one for our music room and then I want to do the same thing, but put a map behind it for my son's room. I had seen a post about doing this with Victorian prints and unfortunately didn't bookmark it since I'm not into that look, but the music?! Totally elevates it! And I think a map would look cool too :)

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  51. My first reaction would be to leave it alone, but WOW! The end result was gorgeous also!

    I don't think you could have gone wrong no matter which way you decided to go on this one!

    I think I'm going to have to try to find a peeling mirror now..........

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  52. I know this word has been used again and again in these comments, but - it's GORGEOUS! Love the sheet music!

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  53. Ok, how sad is this, I'm looking back at old posts to look for "clues" for which project is yours on the Blogaversary contest. Anyway, glad I did because I missed this project. It's beautiful, Anita!

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