Reflections on Mirrors

 

Do you have a design philosophy about mirrors? I know I do. For instance, I think every room should have at least one mirror. Not necessarily to be the main focus, more to bring light and sense of space into a room.  Antique and vintage are my mirrors of choice, but what do you do with one that has great lines and style but is too gold. Paint it of course.

So when my friends asked me to help dial down the formality of this mirror for a better fit in their charming home, I pulled out the Chalk Paint.

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A light coat of Old White, followed by another of Paris Grey.

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Enough gold to accent and enhance the lovely carved details without overwhelming them. A small change makes for a now perfect fit.

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Don’t let the wrong color cause you to overlook a vintage treasure. Paint makes for an easy transformation. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration be sure to check out these amazing thrift store purchases given new life with a little Chalk Paint, French Curves ,  Layering Chalk Paint, and Vintage Dressing Table.

 

8 Comments

Cheryle

Is there a before pic? I have a REALLY gold mirror that I would love to do this treatment on! It’s fabulous…

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Cheryle,
That is something I really have to work on… I am constantly forgetting the before pic. If you can try to picture it as a solid gold:) Thanks,
Leslie xxoo

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bev miller

Leslie,
Again, I so enjoy your posts and now great videos…… While looking this one over, I saw a painted secretary in the background. I assume this is your house…. I have a similar piece if not the same one that you have. I bought it new in the 1990’s and the finishing is a gloss finish on it. I have wanted to paint it for some time, but am afraid to start. I have painted other furniture and love how the pieces have turned out. Can you tell me if it was difficult to do, and possibly some tips on how you did yours. Of course, mine has cubby holes and small drawers on the inside which will be difficult to do., Did you take the top off the bottom to paint it, or remove the slant drop door and glass doors. I would appreciate any guidance or tips you can send my way…….. and thanks again for being so kind and interested in help us all!!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Bev,
That is an armoire in the background and I did paint it and it wasn’t too hard ( here’s the link to the post: http://lesliestocker.com/the-louis-blue-blues/ but I did recently paint a secretary and I swear I will never paint another one although, I’ve said that before:) here’s the link to that post. you should definitely read before you start yours. http://lesliestocker.com/secretary-preview/. thanks for asking. Let me know if you paint it,
Leslie xxoo

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DeLynn

Hi Leslie,

Love the mirror! Did you add the gold after the other paint or did you wipe away the Old White/Paris Grey? Just trying to figure out your amazing technique. :)

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Leslie Stocker

Hi DeLynn,
So great to hear from you!. Only because I accidentally overpainted did I end up wiping some of the paint off. And although I didn’t need to, adding gold wax over the paint would have achieved a similar finish in the end. What have you been painting lately? I would love to see:)
Leslie xxoo

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Paula

That is exactly what I need to do….I have a gold frame with a picture “the shepherdess” in it. Love the picture in the frame but need to tone it down

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