I took Kelly's mirror back home to her today and she loved it. It really does look so good on her white wall. Here are a couple of shots I took while there and the tutorial is below.
First clean the surface to be painted.
I brushed on one coat of French Linen and let it dry which only takes a few minutes, but I didn't have time until the next day to do the second coat.
After the second coat of paint is dry it is on to the finishing steps. I used Old White and dry brushed over the raised places and then used the gold leaf rub n buff on an artist brush and just brushed it on in various places to make the mirror look like it was gold in a previous life and give it the look of worn layers. Actually this mirror was gold in its first life. I ended up not using the Decor Art paint. I have had and used this Old White forever as you can see by the can. I still have a small amount left. You get your money's worth out of this paint.
I put the Old White paint on heavier at the top of the frame.
You can see the white dry brushed on the raised areas.
This shows the gold added.
Next I brushed on clear wax all over and let it dry for a few minutes. Then I took a soft cotton rag and started buffing. Well, after a few minutes of getting almost nowhere I knew I needed a soft brush to buff with in order to get in all the nooks and crannies. So an idea popped in my pea brain.
I remembered that Mr. Savvy had an old shoe polishing kit for his dress shoes.
I found this brush and it worked great to buff with. He told me this brush is very old. He got this back in the navy in the early seventies. Just look at that wonderful patina and his initials burned in. I think this will become a decor item while he isn't using it. I have seen these sold in antique stores.
The shoe shine brush added an extra little patina that you can see better in person. The shiny darker gray look on the swirl that looks kind of like lead was rubbed on came from using the brush.
After all the buffing was done I cleaned the dried paint off the mirror with a razor blade and then cleaned with glass cleaner. In the tiny nooks, that the razor blade would not fit in, I used q-tips and alcohol.
Now I want to find a mirror like this for me.
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