An Amazing Mirror Make-Over August 10, 2015


It all started with this over the top, antique reproduction mirror.  Yes, another Craig’s List find! I knew that it was a prime candidate for our not-so-secret specialty finish!

No, this isn’t One Step, but what good things ever come from just One Step, unless we’re talking a move away from the refrigerator, at 9 p.m.?

We started with One Step’s (chalk) Bauhaus Buff, followed by a couple of coats of Gesso.  Then, Jill, topped that off with a couple of coats of Amy’s Toscana Paint Powder, aka milk paint. 

Once we Jill had applied a coat of light wax to the mirror, she was ready for Dust of Ages!  It’s a bloody mess, but if you prepare properly, it’s manageable…and worth it!

 

Since I have absolutely no clue how to merge or edit videos, here’s the final-final!

While this mirror required 8 EIGHT (!) steps, the techniques used, create a truly aged finish.  We Jill transformed the mirror, from tacky to gorgeous!  Let me know if you have interest in tackling the techniques, in a class!


Here she is, proudly displayed at the shop!  She sits above another heavily molded table, a gift from friend Jini, that we used a very similar technique on.  They make a pretty pair!


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15 Comments

  1. Carol Schreiber on August 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Wow! That is amazing! Absolutely beautiful.

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Thanks, dear cousin!

  2. Donnamae on August 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Wow! It’s quite beautiful! Amazing what you can do with the right technique! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Good to hear from you Donnamae and thanks for your kind words, as always! Hugs, Barbara

  3. Therapeutically Oiled on August 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The shape of that mirror is amazing!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Thanks so much! Anything with that much detail, makes a great candidate for paint!

  4. indiefilmsuccess on August 11, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Wow, that looks like Italian cement 🙂 Very very cool. Why did you guys apply 2 coats of Gesso?

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

      We used two coats of gesso, to provide a little bit of extra texture and depth. Take care, Barbara

  5. Donna Heyde on August 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Great job Jill..Love it

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:47 am

      I’ll pass your kind words on to Jill. Thanks!!

  6. Valerie McKnight on August 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Beautiful! So worth the 8 steps to get it there!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Thank you, Valerie!

  7. Barbara Kessler on August 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Amazing technique -and so beautiful result. Are you going to teach how to do it?

    • Barbara Bussey on August 14, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Hi Barbara,
      I’d love to teach this technique, but it will be later this year, probably November, before we can get it on the calendar. Stay tuned!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 14, 2015 at 7:24 am

      We hope to teach this technique, late this year. Stay tuned!

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