Mirror Mirror on the Wall

To Paint or Not?

I have transformed mirror frames a few times by painting them, and it can really make a difference to the overall look of a mirror.

I had found this pretty wood frame a long time ago, and I couldn’t find the original pic to show you, but I painted the frame in MMSMP Eulalie’s Sky and added white wax to highlight all the details as you can see in the close ups:


I created a chalk board out of it, painting with chalkboard paint (you can also create a chalk board using MMSMP Typewriter or Fusion’s coal black).
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Let’s try a Mirror

I had it up for sale for the longest time as a chalk board and it wasn’t selling, so I decided to call our local glass cutter and have him cut a mirror for me. (It’s so hard to photograph mirrors without dodgy backgrounds in my house, so here is my “one-day-I’m-gonna-paint-it” piano and a painted chair in Luckett’s Green).

Antique Find

I also had found this amazing huge frame at our local thrift store, with a lovely historical print inside it. Something of Thomas Jefferson era in the USA, by the artist, V. de PAREDES.Mirrors-

Again, I posted as is, for sale, but no takers. So I up-cycled and had a mirror cut to size for this frame also.Mirrors-3632 Mirrors-3633

Okay, so the glass needs cleaning …Mirrors-3634

I love the details in the frame…Mirrors-3636 Mirrors-3637 Mirrors-3638

Okay, big question:

Would you paint the frame? or leave as is? I am contemplating painting this one, but not sure how. I could even paint in metallics. What do you think? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.


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    April 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I’d paint and wipe in the decorative sections and maybe use the same paint with a metallic wipe in the flat areas. I know photos can be inaccurate in colour but if it’s that fake orange pine colour I wouldn’t leave it that way, but that’s just me. beautiful frame.

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      April 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Great idea Peta. Thanks for your comments. This one is not an orange pine, but more like a gold metallic painted frame with aging happening in the crevices.

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    Lynne Coulsen
    April 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Can you “dry paint”it leaving the aging but taking the orange look to something more neutral/gold/brass?

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I could probably try that Lynne. Dry brushing with a metallic, like gold or bronze to freshen it up a bit. It does look nice left similar to it’s original look.

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