Aging a mirror with items you probably have on hand

August 22nd, 2017 in member junk     
linda_choate linda choate, contributor
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After scraping all the lose paint chips off, i sealed it with a few layers of clear coat. Baby approved! Lol
I did a light grey wash all over. After it dried I took the sander to it heavily. Which brought out a delightful cream and black on top of the wood tone.
I added different styles of knobs but they all had the same tone of brass to them. So it really feels like an eclectic cohesion. This drawer front looks like an old world map to me. Do you see it? 
I  fell in love with this cheerful yellow color on the interior, and tried to preserve as much as possible. When you open the cabinet its a ray of sunshine and happiness! 
Detail of my old mirror, my inspiration :) I always find myself looking at the mirror and being fascinated by the textures and condition of the back of them, wondering what its story is. 
Close up of the reproduction. Look I was able to recreate those happy little dots! 

I got this little cabinet in a trade from my amazing gal pal. When I got it home the hubby was sourlly disappointed in me due to the condition it was in and lead paint. I absolutely adored its shape and size and seen great potential in it. 

Unfortunataly, the only time I could work on it was during nap time. (For the little one) One nap time I found myself disapproving of the look of new mirrors with the freshly aquired  weathered finish. NEVER wake a sleeping baby! Lol. So I just used items I had on hand, a sander and black spray paint. I started out gently at first, and then finally just dove in and went for it. Really agressively clearing the layers of the mirror until you can see through it. Spray painting haphazardly, and flipping collected spray paint all over the place. It was a mess!  Repeat the sanding and painting until the desired results are achieved. It's almost instantaneous and you have complete control of how aged you like it. 

The hubby finally came around to the cabinet, and i'm so happy I listened when it spoke to me. Where there is a will, there's a way :) 


Pattern or design used: My own design - linda choate
posted in: member junk, furniture, yellow, grey, antique, cabinet, brass, weathered, aging, old mirror, textured

Comments (3)

gadgetsponge writes: Looks fantastic! Great job with the mirror technique! Posted: 4:35 pm on October 26th
Ketsey writes: Very nice piece. Thank-you for sharing every angle of it. Posted: 1:49 pm on September 3rd
EmmasNookandGranny writes: I don't know what you traded to your gal pal, but I think you got the better end of the deal. Excellent refurbish, too. Using things on hand really brought out your creativity. Nice job! Oh, and your little one is a doll, too. :)

~Marge Posted: 4:48 pm on August 19th
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