Mirror is Hung and a Tutorial

10.31.2011


 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.


I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in one of the new colors, French Linen. I love this color. It is more of a true gray than the other ASCP grays.

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.

One more look.

Now I want to find a mirror like this for me.

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61 comments:

  1. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to find a mirror like hers and do the same technique. Love it.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. Beautiful job Kim. I love the layering. It has a nice old world feel. I have several of those brushes. They are a life saver.

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  3. Gorgeous Kim, you did a wonderful job! I have some French Linen and can't wait to use it, and thanks for the great tip to use the brush to buff! I agree, the brush has a beautiful patina and should be on display! :)

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  4. Wow! Beautiful. Thanks for showing us all the "how I did it" steps. I'm off to raid my husband's shoe polishing kit.

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  5. Her entry looks terrific and you did a Pro job on that mirror.. thanks for a great tutorial~!

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  6. I really love it Kim!!! I'm so proud of it and now I can tell eveyone that you painted it too. Glad my wall isn't "nekked" anymore. ha!

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  7. Love all the beautiful layers to this mirror! Thanks for the tips on how you accomplished this look.

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  8. It turned out beautifully, Kim! It looks really good with the plates surrounding it, too!

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  9. Oh it looks fantastic in that foyer over the bench with that grey pillow and those plates. Nicely done!

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  10. That looks so good Kim..great Tut too. I see you have one of the wax brushes too, looks awesome!

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  11. Kim, what an awesome job you did on this mirror! I know Kelly just loves it!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!! You do such great work!

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  12. WOW, it turned out great, thanks for the how-to!

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  13. Oh my goodness. So beautiful and I am so glad you thought about using a brush---that is just too brilliant and one I am going to use. Brilliant!
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  14. Beautiful work Kim.
    Love that new gray color.
    It looks great in your sis' home.

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  15. Kim, Very nice job...you have does this well many times. You can call this your signature!

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  16. I love the way this turned out Kim. What a great tip about the shoe brush!

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  17. Kim, The mirror looks wonderful and I love it with Kelly's plates.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  18. Very nice, even showed this to the Hubs, because he is very leary of this ASCP can sitting in the garage...he really loved it too!

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  19. *** Now THAT looks "BOOOOOOO"TIFUL, Kim!!!

    HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEENIE!
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  20. This is awesome, Kim ~ love the time and thought you put into getting the look right! Perfection. :)
    xo Heidi

    PS~ got my French Linen from Robyn Story and can't wait to give it a try... think I need to take a "sick day." ;-)

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  21. Kim, I'm telling you you need to start taking jobs doing this stuff. You're a learned-while-on-the-job pro!
    Brenda

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  22. THAT is gorgeous, Kim! I bet Kelly was THRILLED!!!! It is perfect there with her plates and the pillow on the bench. Happy Halloween!!!! XO, Pinky

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  23. Just beautiful, Kim! I love all the layers of colors. Thanks for the tutorial..Christine

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  24. Thank you for sharing your tutorial and the extreme close ups. I always wonder if I'm applying the right amount, so this is very helpful! The mirror is stunning.

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  25. This mirror is gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! You made it so easy to reproduce. I have 2 huge carved mirrors just waiting to be repainted. I'm using your technique!
    Thanks!
    Yvonne

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  26. That turned out beautifully, Kim, and looks perfect in the space!

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  27. Kim you are amazing! It looks gorgeous. You have mad skills! And what a sweetie, you actually gave it back!?!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  28. That mirror turned out simply gorgeous. I have two large ornate mirrors just screaming to be refinished. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.
    Marianne :)

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  29. Hi Kim,
    The mirror came amount amazing! You did an awesome job. That mirror is gorgeous. Man I need to find a mirror like that one.

    Paula

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  30. Kim I love it!! It looks beautiful on Kelly's wall and those plates go perfectly with it! Great job, Martina

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  31. Holy moly, that turned out gorgeous! I need to find something to paint with my tiny little sample of french linen. I love the color. And it looks great on Kelly's wall with those pretty plates!

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  32. The mirror turned out beautifully. My dad had a shoe brush just like that. Every Sat night, he would line up all of our shoes and polish them fro Sunday morning and for the next week of school. Thanks for triggering that memory.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  33. It looks awesome! Cool brush, I love it.
    Debbie

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  34. Awesome job, Kim!! That mirror looks great, especially with Kelly's new white walls! blessings ~ Tanna

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  35. I have to be honest and say that I probably would never attempt something like this. I loved reading how you did it though...especially the bit about the shoe brush. My husband has one of those in an old box holding his shoe polishes. I should get it out! I read somewhere that you could use a man's shaving brush for a wax brush. Do you think that would work?

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  36. Beautiful! The colors are perfect with those lovely plates and charming pillow. What a great gift!
    I am sure your sister must be thrilled.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  37. That mirror sure turned out well. It made quite a difference, didn't it?

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  38. You and your sister must be thrilled...it's gorgeous and is just the right color and finish to really take this already beautiful vignette up a few notches... actually top notch in my opinion...really loving the whole vibe she has got going on here. All the best,

    Jermaine

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  39. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW, completely, utterly, simply GORGEOUS. Thanks for such a great post and tutorial!!!

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  40. Thanks for the tutorial for this beautiful mirror, Kim!

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  41. Your friend must be over the moond with happiness!
    Her foyer looks gorgeous now.
    You did a fantastic job.
    Thanks for sharing the details with all of us.
    We sssOOOOOO appreciate it!
    xx
    A

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  42. Simply gorg! My mom gave me a gorgeous mirror yesterday, I am going to have to get the paint out!

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  43. Oh Kim, what a distinguished looking mirror! You did an superb job and what a great tutorial! Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  44. Who wouldn't want a mirror like that. Great job, I know you client (sis) is so happy.

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  45. Hi Kim,

    What a beautiful mirror!
    A one of a kind handmade gift for your sister, it looks fantastic in her foyer! So very nice!
    I love how the mirror ties in with her new pillow on the bench.
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  46. Such a beautiful job Kim! You really have an eye for color and bringing out the best features in a piece. It looks gorgeous on your sister's white wall with her pretty plates!!

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  47. That turned out fabulous Kim!!

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  48. Beautiful color combo, Kim.. It looks great on her wall too.

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  49. I want a mirror like that for me, too! Thanks for telling us exactly how you did it because it is gorgeous. Love how you used Mr. Saavy's shoe brush!

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  50. It's so much prettier with the new finish. You did a wonderful job on it.

    So good in fact that your sister is probably going to ask you to paint that bench, too! LOL

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  51. You make it sound and look so easy. I wish I had the courage to get started on some projects. Do you think this look would work on a kitchen table? I have an old oak pedestal table and it looks awful. Any advice? I really am asking. I am going to bookmark this post.

    You are a very nice SISTER!

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  52. i just saw your mirror at home stories A to Z and i just had to pop over and say WOW, it is gorgeous, great tutorial xxx

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  53. The mirror is fabulous and looks sooo good in Kelly's foyer. I laughed at the shoe brush. Bob has one...or two, just like it.

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  54. Kim, thanks for the tutorial. I have a mirror in a guest room that needs this technique. I may have to try this. It looks beautiful and your friend's home is lovely. Hugs, Ginger

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  55. Your mirror is beautiful. Love the way you highlighted the top details - awesome!

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  56. I am loving that mirror. I am not into gold and have an old mirror from hubby's family that would look good painted. Your are so productive. I swear you have so much energy. I love it. Have to get me some of that chalk paint. Really want to paint my dining room table.

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  57. WOW! It looks great Kim. You did a fantastic job. It looks really great in her foyer!

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  58. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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  59. LOVE it! Beautiful color choice and technique!

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