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LovieDovieAnn
« on: January 24, 2010 11:57:11 AM »

So, I dredged this mirror up from the decay my grandfather calls an office about three years ago. It was a nasty, peeling mess of gold paint (Sadly, no before photo.). Being who I am, I turned it this lovely silver without realizing how it pretty much disappears into the walls over every apartment on the planet. Well, no more! I present my mirror in Bali Turquoise by the wonderful Ralph Lauren!

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Special thanks for Mr. Lauren for discontinuing his sample sizes. $1.50 for the paint of which there is roughly 95% left, $.50 for the brush which I can reuse later, and a free mirror. I have a feeling Bali Turquoise may find it's way into other parts of my life. And I have a feeling Home Depot may suddenly run out of Ralph Lauren samples. >.>
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010 12:35:54 PM »

I loved the silver but I LOVE the new color. It looks awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010 12:54:01 PM »

Definitely loving the new colour, it is very Georgian looking now Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010 03:04:03 PM »

love the turquoise!
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LovieDovieAnn
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010 04:55:16 PM »

Thanks guys! I can't wait to paint more.  Grin
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margiej
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2010 08:43:36 PM »

Love that color!!!  Check at yard sales, I'll bet you can find some sconces and maybe  a "console" table as I believe it is Home Interior .  Definately an improvement over the silver, and the original gold (yeah, I rescued one like that once that had sea shells stuck to it  with thick clear glue or caulk, something.  But it all came off!) Good job!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010 06:19:55 PM »

Great use of colour - this looks fab! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2010 10:39:13 PM »

You've totally given me a wonderful idea for a mirror in my room. I love how this turned out! Cheesy
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LovieDovieAnn
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2010 08:23:08 PM »

Thank you, ladies!

If you're going to do this, I will say that the really good paints don't do so hot on this project because they're too thick. If I could do it over again, I'd water the paint down a bit and do two or even three coats. I'm sure it's fine on flat surfaces, in fact probably awesome. But shoving paint into nooks and crannies it doesn't want to go into isn't fun.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2010 12:49:24 AM »

Thats a beautiful mirror!! the turqoise really makes it pop! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2010 11:59:05 AM »

I usually use spray paint for these projects.  On those mirrors you can usually take the screws out of the back so you can paint it without messing up the mirror.  Or do a lot of taping and covering it with paper.  If you do git the mirror messy, you can use a razor blade to clean the paint off.  Great job!  I absolutely love that blue!
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tomico
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2010 10:47:41 AM »

I like the color. Another thing you could have done was once you covered the mirror in blue you could have wiped some off on the high points and detailing to have the silver show some. I'll bet the combo would have been nice as well. I suppose if you wanted to do something like that, now, you could do a little leafing.

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2010 05:11:41 PM »

I absolutely LOVE it!!  I wish I could find a mirror like that one, but I have bad luck when it comes to great finds!
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2010 11:14:57 AM »

I WANT IT Smiley

Nicely done Wink
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2010 07:20:29 PM »

A beautiful mirror. You did a super job.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2010 05:38:17 PM »

If you want to really bring out the details and antique it back just a bit...go to the craft store and get the cheapest brown paint there is.  You water it down some in a small trash container, just like a Tablespoon of paint and four Tbsps of water, and just slop it all over the frame.  Then with a soft rag, just rub and buff off the top area, don't get down into all the deep areas.  It will make it really pop.  If it isn't dark enough, do it again and let it stay on just a bit longer.  Too dark?  Before it gets really good and dry, take a rag and really go after it, lifting some more of the paint off.  I really enjoy doing this to furniture that I want to revamp and yet keep older looking.  If you decide to do it, post pictures again.  It is a lovely pc!!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2010 01:05:57 AM »

Beautiful colour and such a wonderful frame! deffinatly stands out from the wall now!
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2010 02:44:25 PM »

I LOVE that color!
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2010 04:17:49 AM »

Me too! Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2010 08:26:10 PM »

 Grin I have been checking out this post for a few weeks now. You did a GREAT job with the color on the frame! LOVE it!
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LovieDovieAnn
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2010 11:57:04 AM »

I totally forgot about posting this! Thanks for all the wonderful comments, guys. I thought about antiquing it or doing a layered effect, but I'm really quite fond of the flat finish on it. I'm a little obsessed with turning old things into pieces that can fit in very well with modern decor. The best way to do that is to rev things up with bright color.  Cheesy
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